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ANIMAL HOUSE SHELTER INC

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Animal House Shelter is a non-profit, 501(c)3, no kill shelter for all breeds of dogs and cats. Founded in June 2002, AHS takes in and cares for abused, neglected and abandoned animals — especially those scheduled for euthanasia at other shelters. Once rehabilitated and ready, they are carefully matched with prospective adopters and placed in loving homes. Over 47,000 pets have been adopted from Animal House Shelter. Like people, animals have distinct personalities that make them unique. At Animal House Shelter, we are proud to say that the dogs and cats are treated like our own. We care enough to be certain they are treated with the comfort and respect that they deserve and we make every effort to ensure that they go to the right, forever, permanent, loving home. The best possible veterinary care is always given to Animal House Shelter pets and treatment is never declined if it will give the animal a chance for a healthy life. Socializing and keeping our pets happy is also of utmost importance. Dogs are walked 4-5 times daily and cats are housed in a large, whimsical, free-roam habitat All are given loving care and attention by staff and volunteers. All dogs and cats are given all vaccinations- including their Rabies vaccine if old enough. They are neutered, microchipped, dewormed and heartworm tested (Dogs) or FeLV/FIV tested (Cats). Dogs are kept on heartworm preventative & all animals receive Frontline Plus monthly by Animal House. We have so many fun events planned monthly, please join us for one! https://www.animalhouseshelter.com/news-events/

Results: How to make a difference in an animals life by volunteering … Volunteer at Animal House Shelter! The animals at Animal House Shelter are always in need of your help! If you can afford one hour of your time, you could make a large difference in the life of an animal. You can fill out the volunteer application on the ‘Online Application’ page on our website and then stop on in anytime (all 7 days of the week between 11am-7pm). Help with fundraising events–look on our Upcoming Events page and just give us a call or email if you can help at any of the scheduled events Share ideas on fundraising and special donation drives Create advertising material to help get the shelter recognized within a larger community radius Help pass out newsletters , brochures and donation cans around your community to get the animals more exposure. (You can stop by the shelter and pick them up anytime) Volunteer for Off-site Adoption Events (you can call the shelter for more information on adoption events) Gather bedding, cleaning supplies and other items from our ‘wish list’ in your community, for the animals and shelter Hold a drive at your school or in your community for things listed on our ‘wish list’ Are you not able to adopt at this time? Consider offering one of the most rewarding things ever! A chance at life… Become a Licensed Foster Home today! Foster Care enables us to rescue animals that may have otherwise been euthanized due to their age, injury or health status. Animals in need of foster care often include Pregnant/nursing animals, animals recovering from surgery/injuries or dogs undergoing heartworm treatment.

Target demographics: save the lives of abused & neglected dogs from high kill facilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 3,000 dogs & cats that would have otherwise been euthanized at high kill facilities

Geographic areas served: Illinois

Programs: rescuing thousands of dogs & cats before they are euthanized, rehabilitating them and adopting them into loving homes. AHS has rescued over 40,000 dogs & cats since we opened in 2002. All dogs and cats are given all vaccinations- including their Rabies vaccine if old enough. They are neutered, microchipped, dewormed and heartworm tested (Dogs) or FeLV/FIV tested (Cats). Dogs are kept on heartworm preventative & all animals receive Frontline Plus monthly by Animal House.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” That Winston Churchill quote sums up the amazing work the professionals at Animal House Shelter do on a daily basis. The staff of professional and caring people selflessly care daily for defenseless dogs and cats that would otherwise be destroyed. The health and safety of these animals is top of every associate's list of things to do. We have adopted two dogs and I recommend AHS to everyone who is looking to provide a forever home to one of these wonderful creatures. Five stars is not enough for this world class group of people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered at Animal House Shelter for many years and I am an advocate for this organization’s success. Every animal rescued through this shelter is given a second chance at life and people who care about them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopting Winnie was a great experience at the animal house shelter. The staff was very patient and informative as we debated on adding another family member and they were very helpful when it came time for her to meet our other dog, Elvis. Would highly recommend animal house shelter to anyone looking to adopt!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff is very caring and passionate about the animals. It’s very evident that everything they do, is for the animals. I recently adopted a dog from here and the experience was very pleasant. We fostered the dog first, and then decided we couldn’t live without him in our home for the rest of his life, and then finalized our adoption. We are proud to tell everyone that our dog is from Animal House Shelter and encourage others to adopt their next animal from this shelter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are long time supporters and volunteers with Animal House Shelter because we support their mission to rescue and care for homeless animals.

The staff work hard to provide excellent care for the hundreds of dogs and cats in their care. They raise funds through a variety of creative and fun programs including adoption programs, dine outs at local restaurants, dog parades and on site events.

One of the ways we volunteer is by walking dogs to provide exercise, socializing and fresh air. It was during one of these visits we found Penny! She was adorable and very timid. She came in pregnant from a kill shelter and recently gave birth. We knew right away she was the one.

We spent a long time with Penny in the adoption room checking each other out. Animal House Shelter requires all family members and animals to meet at the shelter before adoption to be sure we are a good fit for each other. This was a great idea because we did not want to find a compatibility issue when we got home.

Animal House Shelter staff were great throughout the process. They patiently helped us through each step and made it easy. We are so glad to have Penny as part of our family!

1 Laura H.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Laura a foster mom for both kittens and puppies and pregnant mommas, I have been a foster with AHS since Oct 2017 and it has been such an amazing adventure!!! First of all the shelter is a no kill shelter, which is amazing in itself!! The animal that hit home for me was BABY WENDY, she was a single puppy that I had along with a couple of litters that I had, but since she was a single pup she had lived with us upstairs with the family, she was such a sweetheart and we all loved her, but when I noticed blood on the toys when she was playing i was concerned and long story short the week she was suppose to go up for adoption was the week we found out she had a rare and aggressive form of mouth cancer! Not once did the shelter say no to any of the appointments nor did they say no to the surgery! They raised money and proceeded and the best happy ending ever was Wendy now Nova already had her new family ready to adopt her when she was done with the surgery and went to live with her forever family!! For this I am forever great full to this shelter and know that they always have the animals best interest at heart!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal House Shelter is committed to saving as many dogs and cats that they can. They remove animals from high kill shelters and find them their forever homes. I foster for AHS and have found that they love and care for these animals like they are their own. Regardless of age or health conditions they are there to help.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Animal house shelter Provides a caring environment for the dogs and cats,with a knowledgeable staff that will help find a forever home for the animals.

1 Jerry S. A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Animal House Shelter is a very professional shelter that has the right mix of operating as a non profit organization but making the right decisions to grow as a business. It is well staffed and has great marketing programs along with genuine love and care to the animals. They take the right steps to ensure the animals are getting to the correct homes and keeping the animals safe and happy while in the shelter. The shelter is consistently growing and has a great reputation as the best place to adopt a dog or cat.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Having been involved in non-profits in both Illinois and Florida, I believe Animal House Shelter is the most caring and driven of these organizations. No cost or effort is spared in taking care of the animals that they are able to rescue. The owner and her board go above and beyond in working with the animals and then in finding caring homes.