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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To find permanent, loving homes for homeless animals and promote responsible pet ownership through education, community outreach and collaboration while maintaining respect and compassion for all creatures. Together we can make a difference.

Target demographics: homeless dogs and cats

Direct beneficiaries per year: 800 dogs and cats find forever, loving homes

Geographic areas served: Northbrook and all throughout the Chicago area

Programs: responsible pet ownership through education, community outreach and collaboration while maintaining respect and compassion for all creatures.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have had the pleasure of being involved with Heartland Animal Shelter since 2007. The compassion and dedication exuded by Heartland's staff (just try and keep up with Christy Rivera) is on display at all levels of the organization - the quality of veterinary care, the cleanliness of the facility, the love and attention afforded to every animal in their care. In our capacity as donors to Heartland, we have complete confidence in how the greatly needed funds are put to use. Even the smallest donation makes the biggest difference in the lives of Heartland's animals.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a board member for Rescue Me Clifford a downstate nonprofit rescue. Heartland has taken several of our dogs to give them the exposure that they needed to be adopted. Most of our adoptions are done via the internet, by word of mouth, with ads in newspapers and facebook,so some dogs just do not get the interest or exposure that they deserve. When we send them up to Heartland we know that they will soon find great homes. We depend on Heartland to take dogs on occasion to allow us the space to save more dogs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have helped many animals from our animal control and found them wonderful homes.

Steph4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at my local animal control and Heartland has pulled and saved a few dogs from us. They've been great to work with!

1 Maureen58

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heartland is very devoted to saving animals! I have worked with this shelter for a couple years now. They saved 100's of animals each year. Animals that come in that are sick or injured they get treatment, even the poor abused ones get treatment and rehabilitated.

1 Sidney W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an animal control officer for a downstate smaller town animal control, my co worker and I are very rescue committed and save everything we can. Since working with heartland we have been able to save all our adoptable bully breeds. Everyone knows they are the hardest to save but since working with Allyson (dog intake) we have been able to save our favorite bullies.

We also spent many months working along side Brandi (cat intake) to save many of our adult felines which many rescues just want the cute little kittens.

This rescue has been full service for us! Not often we find a rescue that we can send just about anything to and we are very lucky to work with them.

My co worker and I try and follow every animal we send to rescues to see when they get adopted, I've been personally contacted by both, Brandi and Allyson, when our animals get adopted. It's so nice to open up messenger and see our animals with their new adoptive families.

We, at Herrin Animal Control, LOVE Heartland Animal Shelter!!

Client Served

Rating: 4

The volunteers and staff were very helpful and pleasant when I adopted my cat. He's an older cat that we wanted to give a home to and he's very playful and runs the household.
I was vey pleased to discover he's a true lap cat since that's what I wanted.
I would recommend Heartland because they take good care of their animals and show real concern in finding the animals good homes.

Julie277

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our Gus from Heartland about 3 years ago. The staff and volunteers were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The whole process took just a couple days. You can tell the animals are very loved at the shelter by the warmth and kindness the animals are shown. We absolutely love our kitty Gus! He gets along very well with our other cats at home too. We can't imagine our life without him! Thank you Heartland for introducing us to him!

1 Joanne57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After I retired, I wanted to feed my passion for dog rescue. I decided to embark on my volunteer mission at Heartland Animal Shelter, walking large dogs. I found the staff and other volunteers to be compassionate about caring for the animals, showering them with love, and striving to prepare each one for their forever family!
I am approaching 5 years volunteering at Heartland. During that time, I have been fortunate to adopt two beautiful, intelligent, loving dogs. My life is so much richer due to being a part of this incredible organization!

Nancy255

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have a heart! Such devoted volunteers! The dogs are well cared for and socialized.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearland Animal Shelter is an amazing shelter with fabulous volunteers and staff. Their love and caring for the animals is second to none. Many dogs and cats are adopted throughout the year. Heartland's volunteers take the time to give individual attention to dogs and cats so they know they are loved.
Heartland's follow ups from adopters is amazing...."best dog ever" - "our cat is a great addition to our family" - "love the dog so much" - "couldn't be happier" - "thank you for all you do", and the list goes on. We are very proud of our shelter and so appreciate the kind comments of those adopters who shared their experience on social media.