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Heartland Animal Shelter NFP

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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

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two beautiful, young, brother cats from Heartland Animal Shelter in 2014. At the time, the cats had been lovingly fostered by dedicated volunteers who then went to great lengths to find good homes for "the boys." Our involvement with Heartland, from meeting the cats and their caregivers, to filling out adoption papers, demonstrated their selfless devotion to the care and nurturing of all animals. We feel that Heartland goes to incredible lengths -- with very limited funds -- to connect with the animals in their charge, and to complete the "circle of love" between pets and people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Heartland works hard to make sure their animals are adoptable. I adopted kittens which were born into foster care, giving them a chance at socialization instead of fending for themselves in the wild. They are the most loyal and affectionate cats I've ever had! Their mother was a bit more prickly, but after a few years roaming in the shelter's cat room, she enchanted a few staff members and volunteers and eventually found her forever home, too. The animal hospital next door has a walk-in clinic that is reasonably priced.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The absolute unparalled care that is afforded every animal every date is awsome. I cant say enough good things about this place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The level of care and love each animal receives while in their shelter is unparalleled by any I've ever seen. The volunteers are given ownership of their tasks, and through that, they develop more special bonds with the animals. They have wonderful programs in place to help make sure that the dogs in their care are socialized, trained, and adopted to the right homeā€”and it makes a huge difference in the success of the adoption.

2 Edward19

Donor

Rating: 5

They are one of the greatest animal shelters there is . Definitely have some of the greatest volunteers there are to take care of the animals . They have been list devotion to the animals . We are donors and supporters of Heartland wholeheartedly . We have also adopted dogs and cats. We have also adopted dogs and cats. Adopt .Save a life . Heartland is a no kill shelter .

1 Courtney51

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great shelter to work with, my baby girl Oreo is the best addition to my family!

1 Ian_11

Board Member

Rating: 5

In addition to Board Member I am also a volunteer for over seven years and adopted two chihuahuas from. Heartland has a very strong and caring volunteer base. It doesn't matter if it is a cat room volunteer or a dog walker their love for each animal evident each time I walk through the shelter.

Review from Guidestar

3 Melonie P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Heartland Animal Shelter's volunteers and staff are amazing people. They have so much compassion, patience and love for all of the animals. We rescued an abused dog that was sick. The staff gave him so much attention and love until he was well enough for us to bring him home. Unfortunately we only had him 20 months because he passed away with cancer. The staff at Heartland were so sympathetic when they heard the news ... they grieved along with us. They knew we wanted to rescue after the loss as soon as possible and they went out of their way to find us the perfect dog for our household which includes my husband, our other dog and myself. They found the perfect dog and we are so blessed for the staff at Heartland. Even after we adopted and had questions they would go out of their way to find the answers.

2 LouB

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted one of my dogs from Heartland and I have been volunteering with Heartland for 7 years! I fell in love with Heartland the first time I walked into the shelter. The volunteers and staff are wonderful and committed to providing the best care for the pets. Each animal is very much loved until they find their forever home! The shelter is clean and welcoming to all. I highly recommend Heartland to anyone looking for a pet, looking for a place to volunteer, or looking for a worthy charity!

2

Former staff

Rating: 5

Heartland Animal Shelter is a vey special place. I truly felt that while the animals are in the care of the staff and volunteers at Heartland, they are treated like family. Constant care, love, attention, and supervision all day is what I believe must make it a very fun and exciting place for the animals to stay while they wait for their forever homes. Great work done by this shelter is why the word needs to be shared for Heartland Animal Shelter.