About

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The Naperville Area Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit limited admission animal shelter for dog and cat adoption, foster care, and owner surrenders serving the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Our shelter can house as many as eighteen dogs and forty cats.

Mission

To promote the humane treatment of companion animals and create lasting human-animal bonds.

Vision

To engage people to compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world.

Values

To deliver services to our community that reflect our integrity, respect, compassion and joy for all people and animals.

Strategies

In order to achieve our vision we will strive to achieve these strategic objectives:

  • To improve the quality of life for animals through relationships with people
  • To improve the quality of life for people through relationships with animals

Care

Each animal is tenderly cared for at the Naperville Area Humane Society. Entering a shelter can be stressful or possibly even terrifying to some cats and dogs. Our dedicated and highly trained staff and volunteers offer compassionate care to each animal and work to address his or her individual needs.

The staff works diligently to match the needs of each pet with a family eager to adopt a dog or cat. While at the Naperville Area Humane Society, all animals receive basic vaccinations as well as medical care. All animals are neutered or spayed before being released to their new owners. In addition, dogs’ temperaments are thoroughly assessed before being made available for adoption.

Unfortunately, there continues to be far too many cats and dogs needing help in our society. Since we cannot solve this overwhelming problem ourselves, we have evolved our approach to the homeless animal crisis to include innovative community service initiatives, such as humane education and a behavior helpline, while we continue to re-home animals.

No-Kill Statement

There is no term in the animal sheltering field more divisive than no-kill; in fact, there’s really no absolute definition. Generally speaking, a no-kill shelter is described as an organization that does not euthanize adoptable animals. The Naperville Area Humane Society meets the requirements of a no-kill animal shelter, but we choose not to use the term because of its ambiguity. At the Naperville Area Humane Society, we refer to our shelter as a limited-admission organization. We accept only those animals that we have space to house safely and properly, meeting the standards of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Rather than keep our animals in overcrowded conditions, we have a waiting list for animals needing to come into the shelter.

The Naperville Area Humane Society never euthanizes animals for space or time constraints. All animals are evaluated for health by local veterinarians and for behavior by trained shelter staff using standardized assessments. The decision to euthanize an animal is never an easy one, but we believe it is sometimes necessary. We will choose euthanasia when an animal is suffering from an incurable, debilitating medical condition or when an animal displays severe, unmanageable aggression. We believe it is irresponsible to place a dangerous animal in the community. When appropriate, however, we will transfer an animal to an approved rescue group that has the resources to provide behavior modification training in a foster home to change outcomes. 

History

In 1979, a group of caring citizens dedicated themselves to helping homeless companion animals in their community. They created the Naperville Humane Society and fostered animals in their homes until permanent homes could be found. Wishing to serve more people and animals, this group solicited the financial support of the community and built a 3,500 square foot shelter in 1988.

After 38 years and more than 20,000 animals served, the Board of Directors changed the name of the organization to more accurately reflect the population we serve. In January of 2005 the name was officially changed to Naperville Area Humane Society. This new name more accurately reflects the areas we serve.  The Naperville Area Humane Society is a 501(c)3 organization. Our tax exempt number is 363040480.

Volunteer Philosophy Statement

Volunteers and staff work together to provide a level of service and care to the organization that would be otherwise impossible. Volunteers bring unique talents, skills and knowledge which allow staff to concentrate on the work for which they are trained. The volunteers and staff infuse the organization with energy and passion allowing all of us to accomplish the organization’s mission.

Contact

 

Naperville Area Humane Society
1620 W Diehl Rd
Naperville, IL 60563

(630) 420-8989 Phone
(630) 420-9380 Fax
info@naperhumane.org

Public Hours
Monday: 5pm-8pm
Tuesday: 1pm-6pm
Wednesday: 1pm-6pm
Thursday: 5pm-8pm
Friday: 1pm-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-5pm


Articles sometimes give the impression all animal shelters are horrible places. Certainly not the case of the Naperville Area Humane Society where animals waiting for adoption are given the royal treatment befitting an honored guest.

Kennels and cages are cleaned every morning, fresh water, good food, new bedding, and clean litter are provided, and the first of four walks a day for the dogs are taken. The cats can watch their TV, check out the various napping places available, and enjoy socialization from dedicated volunteers. Dogs always have challenging toys in the kennel, including stuffed Kongs from time to time. Social times are part of their day with volunteers sitting with a lap ready for cuddling.
— Cleo Keller, Founding Mother of the Naperville Area Humane Society


Staff Directory

 

Executive Director
Anna Payton
(630) 420-8989 x 111
apayton@naperhumane.org

Lead Animal Care Technician
Jenifer Cotner
(630) 420-8989
jcotner@naperhumane.org

 

Animal Care Manager
Michelle Lenz
(630) 420-8989 x 116
mlenz@naperhumane.org

Animal Care Technician & Foster Coordinator
Katie Aseves
(630) 420-8989
katie@naperhumane.org

 

Humane Education Manager
Kristen Funk
(630) 420-8989 x 117
kfunk@naperhumane.org

Animal Care Technician
Cass Gilbert
(630) 420-8989
cgilbert@naperhumane.org

 

Volunteer Program Manager
Andrea Cios
(630) 420-8989 x 113
acios@naperhumane.org

Customer Engagement Manager
Rebecca Kolzow
(630) 420-8989 x 112
rkolzow@naperhumane.org

 

Development Coordinator
Breanne Kennedy
(630) 420-8989 x 120
bkennedy@naperhumane.org


Careers

Naperville Area Humane Society is searching for a qualified, part time Foster Coordinator/Animal Care Technician.


Meet the Board of Directors

Garrick Olson, President Exelon Generation "The integrity of the community is displayed by how their animals are cared for. It's an honor to support the Naperville Area Humane Society and the communities it serves."  

Garrick Olson, President
Exelon Generation
"The integrity of the community is displayed by how their animals are cared for. It's an honor to support the Naperville Area Humane Society and the communities it serves."
 

Mike Thiel, Vice President First Community Financial Bank

Mike Thiel, Vice President
First Community Financial Bank

Anthony Cervini, Treasurer Sikich LLP "With two rescues as part of our family, the mission of NAHS is incredibly important to me.  I serve on the Board with the goals of finding forever homes for the pets under our care while ensuring the best quality of life we can provide during their stay at the Naperville Area Humane Society."

Anthony Cervini, Treasurer
Sikich LLP
"With two rescues as part of our family, the mission of NAHS is incredibly important to me.  I serve on the Board with the goals of finding forever homes for the pets under our care while ensuring the best quality of life we can provide during their stay at the Naperville Area Humane Society."

Paul Thorndyke, Secretary Pariveda Solutions "I fully believe in the Naperville Area Humane Society's mission and enjoy channeling my energy into furthering it. I am on the board because I feel this is the most beneficial way that I can support the organization and my community."

Paul Thorndyke, Secretary
Pariveda Solutions
"I fully believe in the Naperville Area Humane Society's mission and enjoy channeling my energy into furthering it. I am on the board because I feel this is the most beneficial way that I can support the organization and my community."

Lauren McLaughlin, Board Member Joyful Balance Wellness

Lauren McLaughlin, Board Member
Joyful Balance Wellness

Ryan Wickert, Board Member Northern Trust "Joining the Board of the Naperville Area Humane Society offered me the opportunity to lend my background, skill set, and perspective directly to an social cause that I am passionate about, the humane treatment of animals. Helping enable the great staff and volunteer base to do their jobs has a lasting impact in the community, which is something I'm very proud of."

Ryan Wickert, Board Member
Northern Trust
"Joining the Board of the Naperville Area Humane Society offered me the opportunity to lend my background, skill set, and perspective directly to an social cause that I am passionate about, the humane treatment of animals. Helping enable the great staff and volunteer base to do their jobs has a lasting impact in the community, which is something I'm very proud of."

Julia DuBay, Board Member Offload Work "Serving on the board is a fulfilling way for me to give back to animals and the local community. I also enjoy strengthening my design and communication skills as a bonus!"

Julia DuBay, Board Member
Offload Work
"Serving on the board is a fulfilling way for me to give back to animals and the local community. I also enjoy strengthening my design and communication skills as a bonus!"

Anthony Mader, Board Member Anthony Mader CFE CMA EA "I became involved with the Naperville Area Humane Society shortly after we adopted two kittens from the shelter. I wanted to help the animals in need that the shelter serves. Becoming a board member has helped animals in need, our community and had a positive effect on my life.

Anthony Mader, Board Member
Anthony Mader CFE CMA EA
"I became involved with the Naperville Area Humane Society shortly after we adopted two kittens from the shelter. I wanted to help the animals in need that the shelter serves. Becoming a board member has helped animals in need, our community and had a positive effect on my life.