The Village of Oak Park and the Village of River Forest both have a paid staff of animal control officers, as well as a paid contract with the Animal Care League to provide services to animals found outside on village streets. Forest Park has no paid animal control officers and no established contract with the Animal Care League, so it's up to volunteers to get involved to help care for stray animals.
We're very pleased that the Village of Forest Park has passed an ordinance to support our volunteer-based trap-neuter-release program, and has been very positive in its response to residents concerns about how we can proactively work with the Animal Care League to establish this service. But there's a lot of work to do, and we need lots of caring animal lovers who would like to help. We also thank the Animal Care League for partnering with us in this effort.
Our goal is to develop teams of people that can work together to make the program a success, so that one person can accept a role that is manageable and successful for them - and it feels good to participate! Watch this blog for more info soon.