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March 9, 2020

The City of Evanston has suspended its procedural rules and will be considering and possibly voting on an ordinance TONIGHT (Monday, March 9) that would ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in the city unless the animals are from a shelter, rescue, or a breeder that BOTH has a USDA license and has no more than 5 female dogs capable of reproduction on their property in a 12-month period.

In other words, this proposal would ban the sale of dogs in the city from any breeders – including hobby and home-based breeders – unless they currently possess a USDA license and have fewer than five female dogs “capable of reproduction” over the course of a year AND keep no more than five female dogs capable of reproduction at any one time.

Read the proposal in its entirety on the city’s website.

The AKC strongly encourages those who reside in Evanston to consider attending tonight’s meeting, and to contact the City Council IMMEDIATELY to express concerns with this proposal and ask them to support responsible breeders.  For more talking points, visit the Breeding Regulations and Restrictions key issues page in the AKC Legislative Action Center.

Hearing and Contact Information:

Evanston City Council Meeting
Monday, March 9, 2020
7:00 pm
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, James C. Lytle City Council Chambers
Room 2800
Evanston, Illinois

Council Contact Information:

Mayor Stephen Hagerty

Alderman Judy Fiske

Alderman Peter Braithwaite

Alderman Melissa Wynne

Alderman Donald Wilson

Alderman Robin Rue Simmons

Alderman Thomas Suffredin

Alderman Elanor Revelle

Alderman Ann Rainey

Alderman Cicely Fleming

AKC Government Relations and the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners are both contacting the council to express concerns.  For more information, contact AKC GR at or IFDCO at