About Us


BARK was formed in 2000....

by a small group of big-hearted people who wanted to improve conditions for animals and staff at Kankakee County Animal Control.

BARK strives to assist Kankakee County Animal Control and Adoption Center (KCAC) in building a new, properly equipped shelter that houses the county's homeless animals. As well as assist with the operational expenses of maintaining a shelter. 

BARK is raising awareness for the healthy, friendly animals sheltered at animal control, providing information regarding the adoption and or placements of them. BARK promotes animal health and welfare education in the community.

BARK has grown tremendously from these early days and is now a registered, 501c3 corporation with its own constitution and bylaws.  Fundraising continues to be their primary focus, hosting successful fundraising events throughout the year; you will also find members assisting animal control at the shelter as well as off-site events.



BARK Board of Directors

Board of Director: Julie Boudreau

Board of Director: Christy Slaby

Board of Director: Lena Stuckmaier

Board of Director: Steve Hitz

President: Curt Gigl

Vice President: Diane Fedrow

Treasurer: Mark Baron

Secretary: Kelly Blume


About Kankakee County Animal Control 

61% of American households include pets. Does yours?

Kankakee County Animal Control and Adoption Center (KCAC) is a very small shelter, originally built IN 1975 as a hold and kill facility. The former animal control only facility is now also an adoption center, striving to place hundreds of dogs and cats into new homes each year.

Today, Kankakee County Animal Control not only focuses on rabies prevention, but works daily to investigate and resolve animal welfare concerns and crimes, reduces over population through spay and neuter initiatives, attends events throughout the county educating the public on animal welfare laws and eliminating un-necessary euthanasia through animal adoptions and partnerships with private animal shelters in and around the state of Illinois.   

Whether you are searching for a lost pet or looking for a new addition to your household, our dedicated team of caring professionals is ready to serve you. Please contact us and let us know how we can help.

KCAC Mission Statement: A self-funded agency committed to preventing the spread of rabies, educating the public on animal health and welfare. Preventing animal cruelty through investigation and working with the States Attorney’s office on prosecution. Offering the service of re-homing the homeless animals.

Future KCAC goals will focus on creating a diverse resource center that will provide modern, comfortable housing for the animals, space to invite the community in allowing better opportunities to get involved, educational programs for youth groups, low cost spay and neuter clinic and emergency clinic. 

1270 Stanford Dr.
Kankakee, IL 60901