Illinois Humane Society and Animal Shelters

by Jonni

Find your local Humane Society or private animal shelter in Illinois.

This page is devoted to helping you find your local Illinois Humane Society shelter. Most of these websites give you pictures and descriptions of their dogs and cats, so you can see if they have the dog or cat you’re looking for. However, most websites are not kept up-to-date, so there may be more dogs available for adoption than you see in the pictures. And the picture you fall in love with may already be adopted by someone else. Please call ahead if you want to avoid disappointment.

How to Add Your Shelter to the List…

If your Illinois Humane Society or Animal Shelter is not listed below, use the form at the bottom of this page to add your listing.

Schuyler County Humane Society

At the time we are trying to build a shelter. I foster as many animals as I can, but too many are being put to sleep. We need help with fosters or places to send our dogs and cats. They are great pets and need wonderful homes. I am the only one who will foster a litter of puppies and kittens. I am full at my home. But there are a lot of wonderful older dogs being held at the pound in our county at this time with no shelter of our own. We are working out of the pound. I would love to have a way to help get more pets out of the pound. Rushville ,IL. Phone 217-322-6692

2nd Chance Animal Rescue

We are a network of foster homes, based out of Vandalia, Ill. Our Rescue is a All Breed No Kill Not for Profit. We strive to find loving homes for unwanted animals through interviews, follow ups and education. All animals are UTD and altered.

A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife, Inc.

Has a mission to work in joint cooperation with all avian rescue groups to try and eliminate the need for rescue groups by educating the public about avicultural issues. Located in Northbrook.

Aid to Animals Rescue

Works with local shelters and humane organizations in helping homeless dogs and cats find good homes with good people. Photographs of available pets, information on events, and contact information. Based in Barrington.

Anderson Animal Shelter

A non-profit animal shelter. Houses dogs, cats and other small animals and provides adoption services. Located in South Elgin.

Animal Adoption Associates

A no-kill shelter on the north side of Chicago. Wish list, images of pets in need of homes, and contact information.

Animal Aid Humane Society

Includes photographs of available animals, calendar of events, success stories, volunteer opportunities, and donation information. Located in Moline.

Animal Heartline Humane Society

A not-for-profit organization run entirely by volunteers working to save homeless animals. Photographs of available animals and ways to support them. Located in Naperville.

Animal House Shelter

No-kill shelter for all breeds of dogs and cats. Photographs of available pets, online adoption application, wish list, and volunteer opportunities. Located in Fox River Grove.

Animal Outreach Society

A non-profit organization dedicated to advancing animal welfare in the local community. Located in McHenry.

Animal Protective Association of Southern Illinois

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for companion animals in southern Illinois. Located in Centralia.

Animal Welfare League of Chicago Ridge

Chicagoland’s largest humane society.

Animals Deserving Of Proper Treatment

Not-for-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization serving Naperville and the surrounding area. Offers both dogs and cats for adoption. Volunteer needs, wish list, and adoption policies.

Animals Requesting Friends Benevolent Society

An all volunteer, non-facility organization providing a referral service to rehome cats and dogs. Meeting schedule and contact information. Fairfield.

Anti-Cruelty Society

Organization helping with the adoption of lost and unwanted animals. The Society also offers classes, educational, and medical care. Based in Chicago.

Assisi Animal Foundation and Shelter

No kill, cageless animal shelter. Frequently asked questions, photographs of available pets, information on upcoming events, and contact information. Located in Crystal Lake.

Association for the Protection of Animals

A no-kill, non-profit organization whose main purpose is to find responsible homes for unwanted or orphaned pets. Features calendar of events, photos of adoptable animals, and a newsletter. Based in Granite City.

Belleville Area Humane Society

Shelter for unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals. News, list of upcoming events, directions to the shelter, and aoption policies.

Benld Adopt-A-Pet

Shelter for dogs and cats. Photographs of pets available for adoption or sponsorship.

Bond County Adopt A Pet

Program dedicated to finding homes for dogs and cats. Located in Greenville.

Champaign County Humane Society

County humane society based in Urbana. Information on hours of operation, adoptions, services and contacts are provided.

Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue

A not-for-profit, all volunteer animal rescue organization that specializes in the bull breeds especially pit bulls. Located in Glenview.

Chicagoland Shepherd Rescue

Contact information and dogs available for adoption. Based in Chicago.


A Chicago-based no-kill animal rescue. Finds homes for stray dogs and other animals who need new homes. Information on available dogs and services.

City of Chicago Animal Care and Control

Hours of operation, employment opportunities, frequently asked questions, and advice of the proper ettiquette for city dogs and their owners.

Coles County Animal Shelter

A small not-for-profit county rabies control and animal shelter. Located in Charleston.

Collinsville Animal Control Shelter

Takes in strays, abused and owner surrendered animals for the city of Collinsville.

Community Animal Rescue Effort

A not-for-profit all volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of domestic pets. Located in Evanston.

Crawford County Humane Society

A non-profit organization providing a safe place for animals in need to go. Also provides animal control for Crawford County. Located in Robinson.

David R. Lee Animal Care Shelter

Adoption and volunteer information, event announcements, directions, and photographs of adoptable animals.

Dekalb County Animal Shelter

Provides assistance to animals in need. Located in Genoa.

DeWitt County Animal Shelter

Animal control facility located in Clinton.

Doberman & Rottweiler Rescue

Rescue that offers both Rottweilers and Dobermans for placement. Located in Paris, Illinois.

Forest Park Ark

Animal adoption facility in the near west suburbs of Chicago that is owned and operated by the Village of Forest Park. Photographs of available pets, how to reclaim a stray pet from their facility, and information on upcoming events.

Foster Pet OutReach

A local non-profit organization whose main focus is to help provide for the well-being of animals in the community. Events calendar, success stories, and the foster roster. Located in Peoria.

Fox Valley Wildlife Center

A licensed wildlife rehabilitation center caring for orphaned and injured wild birds and mammals. This volunteer organization funded through donations. Located in the Elburn Woods Forest Preserve, Wasco.

Friends For Life Adoption Program

No-kill animal adoption program located in Peotone. Information on adopting or sponsoring an animal, photographs of pets in need of homes, and contact information.

Friends Forever Humane Society

Provides a temporary home for stray, unwanted, and abused companion animals of Northwest Illinois. Located in Freeport.

Friends of Strays

Cageless, no-kill shelter in Princeton.

Furry Friends Foundation

An all volunteer, no-kill animal shelter located in Chicago saving dogs (including pit bulls), cats, rabbits, hamsters, and other animals. Guardianship application, several ways to help, and photographs of alumni.

Have a Heart All Breed Rescue

Animal rescue serving the Boone County area. Located in Belvidere.

Helping Paws Animal Welfare Association

A non-profit organization providing a caring and helpful hand to lost, stray and abused cats and dogs. Located in Crystal Lake.

Henry County Humane Society

A non-profit organization of people who have concern for the welfare of the homeless animals in Henry County and the surrounding area. located in Kawanee.

Henry County Humane Society Geneseo Chapter

A small, no-kill animal shelter. Located in Geneseo.

Highland Animal Shelter

Adoption fee information, wish list, hours of operation, calendar of events, memorial and tribute donation form, information on shelter fundraisers, and photographs of animals in need of homes.

Hinsdale Humane Society

A 48-year-old not-for-profit agency dedicated to the care and adoption of unwanted and abandoned animals. Provides humane education programs to prevent suffering and neglect. Located in Hinsdale.

Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets

Serving Fox Valley and surrounding area. Newsletter, photograph contest, happy ending stories, and pictures of animals awaiting homes.

Homeward Bound Pet Shelter

Houses and rehabilitates adoptable stray, abused and abandoned dogs and cats. Located in Decatur.

House Rabbit Society Champaign Urbana Chapter

Rabbit rescue and adoption.

Humane Haven Animal Shelter

A not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that has dedicated itself to the preservation and protection of the pets of their community. Located in Bolingbrook.

Humane Society of Central Illinois

Dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, and the improvement of animal welfare in the community.

Humane Society of Fulton County

Providing for the well-being of animals in the Fulton county area. Located in Canton.

Humane Society of McDonough County

Works in association with the McDonough County Animal Shelter to find forever homes for as many resident animals as possible. Located in Macomb.

Humane Society of Plainfield

Offering shelter and care to as many homeless and unwanted pets as possible and education to the public about the problems of pets over population and offer solutions for ending it.

Humane Society of Southern Illinois

Animal shelter working with local animal control departments to provide homes for unwanted animals. Located in Carbondale.

Illinois Birddog Rescue Inc

Dedicated to saving, transporting, vetting, fostering, and adopting out homeless American Field Pointers or English Pointers of the Field variety. Located in Wood Dale.

Illinois Valley Animal Rescue

Wish list, pet recipes, pet names and details of upcoming events. Located in Peru.

Just Animals Shelter

A small no-kill shelter in Seneca. Photographs of animals in need of adoption, directions to the shelter, volunteer needs, and hours of operation.

Kankakee County Humane Society

No-kill facility. Includes photos of available animals, pet care tips, calendar of events, and donation wish list.

Kendall County Animal Shelter

Houses a variety of unclaimed stray and owner released cats and dogs available for adoption. Located in Yorkville.

Knox County Humane Society

A non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of cruelty and neglect of animals in west central Illinois. Operates as the City of Galesburg Animal Control. Located in Galesburg.

Lake Shore Animal Shelter

A no-kill shelter for dogs and cats who become temporary residents. Features adoption programs, public humane education efforts, spay/neuter promotion and referral, and community participation. Based in Chicago.

Livingston County Humane Society

Animal welfare organization dedicated to finding quality homes for pets. Located in Pontiac.

Menard County Animal Shelter

Located in Petersburg.

Metro East Humane Society

Serves a four county area in southwestern Illinois with an adoption program for homeless animals and an animal abuse/neglect investigation service. Located in Edwardsville.

Naperville Humane Society

Contains success stories, pet care tips, photos of available animals, schedule of upcoming events, membership details, and information about adoption.

Noah's Ark

A non-profit shelter, with a no-kill policy! Located in Rockford.

Orphans of the Storm

Provides care for stray, abandoned, abused and neglected dogs and cats from northeast Illinois. Photos of adoptable animals, news, location, hours, and contact information. Located in Riverwoods, a suburb north of Chicago.

P.A.C.T. Humane Society

A no-kill, not-for-profit, and all volunteer animal shelter and educational organization. Located in Downers Grove.

People's Animal Welfare Society

Providing a haven for lost, abused, or unwanted pets in Tinley Park. Includes hours of operation and adoption information.

Peoria Animal Welfare Shelter

Shelter news, adoption information, directions to the shelter, and photos of animals in need of homes.

Peoria Humane Society

Dedicated to the prevention of cruelty and neglect to animals.

Pet Adoption League

Non-profit rescue and foster network of cats and dogs. Photographs of available pets, adoption show dates, wish list, and a list of what is included with the adoption fees. Based in Frankfort.
No-kill, minimum cage sanctuary for orphaned pets and wildlife. Located in Bloomingdale.

Pets Are Worth Saving - PAWS

Chicagos largest no-kill humane organization.

Pets are Worth Saving, Inc. - PAWS

A not-for-profit, animal welfare organization founded as a means of dealing with the increase in the animal population in Union County. Located in Anna.

Pets for Seniors

An organization that matches cats and dogs from shelters and foster pet groups with senior citizens who might need a little help with the responsibilities of pet ownership. Located in Brimfield.

Pets In Need

“No-kill”, non-profit animal shelter in McHenry, Illinois.

Pike County Animal Shelter

County operated not-for-Profit Animal Shelter. Located in Pittsfield.

Plantation Animal Rescue & Refuge

Working diligently to place homeless Dalmatians in forever homes with the right loving family.

Pomeranian Rescue of Northern Illinois

Rescue group dedicated to the rescue care and re-homing of Pomeranians in need. Located in the Greater Chicago Area.

Project Hope Humane Society

A no-kill,non-profit 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization. Located in Metropolis.

Quad City Animal Welfare Center

Non-profit, no-kill animal shelter serving the Iowa-Illinois Quad City area. Includes photographs of available cats and dogs, virtual tour, animal abuse information, and pet tips. Located in Milan.

Quincy Humane Society

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for pets and their people.

Randolph County Humane Society

Shelter news, contact information, and photos of available pets.

Recycling Animals In Need

A non-profit humane organization for homeless or unwanted cats and dogs. Includes a photograph gallery of pets available for adoption, wish list, volunteer opportunities, and newsletter. Located in Hinckley.

Red Door Animal Shelter

A multi-species, no-kill shelter that helps cats, rabbits, and dogs. Adoption application and requirements, pictures of available pets, and information on their programs. Chicago.

S T Rescue

Home based rescue helping dogs. Located in Paris.

Safe Haven for Pets

No-kill humane society for companion animals. Includes information on adoption programs, featured pets, and contacts. Located in Jo Daviess County.

Sangamon County Animal Control Center

Responsible for enforcing state, county, and city ordinances pertaining to dogs and cats. Located in Springfield.

Save-A-Pet Adoption Center

A no-kill pet shelter. Located in Grayslake.

Second Chance Pet Adoption

Licensed not-for-profit volunteer agency that fosters stray and abandoned animals until a permanent loving home can be found or until the pet’s owner can be located. Located in Elk Grove Village.

South Suburban Humane Society

Promotes the prevention of cruelty and the care and treatment for all local animals. Adoption services. News, information, and membership. Located in Chicago Heights.

Stray's Halfway House

An all volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned animals in the villages of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, South Barrington, and Barrington Hills.

TAILS Humane Society

Located in Dekalb.

Tazewell Animal Protective Society

A no-kill shelter for dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies in Pekin. Sponsorship opportunities for special needs animals, explanation of their adoption policies, success stories, and photographs of available pets.

Tender Loving Care Animal Shelter

a private, non-profit, humane society, dedicated to the prevention of abuse neglect and cruelty to animals. Located in Lockport.

The Animal Protective League

Pictures of the animals that are available for adoption, adoption forms and fee information. Ask the Vet – Pet Health Archives. Located in Springfield.

The Ark

Animal Recycling Kennel is a non-profit group who helps rescue homeless animals in the Marshall County and surrounding areas. Located in Lacon.

Treehouse Wildlife Center

A non-profit organization founded in 1979 to care for orphaned and injured wildlife. It is located near Alton on 19 acres.

Tri-County Animal Protection League

Located in Dixon.

Vermilion County Animal Shelter

Hours of operation, adoption fee information, directions to the shelter, and photos of animals up for adoption.

Village of Skokie Animal Control Division

Local city run animal shelter.

Warren County Humane Society

Dedicated to helping animals and finding them a responsible and loving home when they have no place to go. Located in Monmouth.

West Suburban Humane Society

A non-profit, volunteer-based animal shelter. Located in Downer’s Grove.

Western Illinois Animal Rescue

A group of people devoted to actively organize, promote, facilitate and finance animal rescue operations in West Central Illinois. Located in Monmouth.

Will County Humane Society

No-kill shelter with pet adoptions. Located in Shorewood.

Wright-Way Rescue

Adoption and placement services for animals in Illinois. Located in Carbondale.

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