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 fifty cats.
To promote the humane treatment of companion animals and create lasting human-animal bonds.
To engage people to compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world.
To deliver services to our community that reflect our integrity, respect, compassion and joy for all people and animals.
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
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.
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.
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.
Meet the Board of Directors
The Naperville Area Humane Society is looking for board members! Click below to download application.