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Last night, the Evanston City Council voted to delay action on a measure that would significantly restrict the sale of dogs in the city.

As stated in the previous alert, sales would be banned in the city unless the animals are from a shelter, a 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 and keeps no more than 5 female dogs capable of reproduction at any one time.

Questions were raised regarding USDA licensing, which requires someone to own more than four breeding females and sell one dog sight unseen.  It was also acknowledged in the meeting that there are many concerns over the impact this would have on individuals breeding and selling animals in the city.

AKC thanks the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners and the clubs that joined the AKC in reaching out on short notice to express questions and concerns with the proposal as introduced.   We encourage those who reside in Evanston to continue contacting the council.  Thank them for delaying action on this measure and respectfully express your concerns on the impact this proposal as introduced would have on responsible breeders in Evanston.

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 continue to closely monitor this proposal and communicate with the council.  For more information, contact AKC GR at or IFDCO at