Mission and Vision


The West Suburban Humane Society is dedicated to operating a premier animal shelter for the purpose of finding safe, permanent and compatible homes to adopt domestic dogs and cats.  We are committed to educating and encouraging the public to humanely care for dogs and cats.



The West Suburban Humane Society will achieve and sustain its reputation for being the premier humane organization in Illinois.  To achieve such recognition, WSHS will focus on the following critical components: 

Advocacy: WSHS will promote the humane care of dogs and cats by working with government agencies and other agencies to promote the humane care of animals.  

Care:  WSHS will be the preeminent provider of animal care, working with high quality veterinarians to provide the most appropriate medical treatment for non-terminal conditions of cats and dogs in our care.  Further, WSHS will develop innovative practices, such as working with reputable trainers in the area to ensure that every animal in our care receives the best total care before being adopted by the most compatible owner. 

Education:  WSHS will educate our staff, volunteers and members of the community on proper pet health care and safety.  We will provide ample information and constant support to our adoptive families and act as an invaluable resource for educating the public at large.

Fundraising:  WSHS will remain financially solvent and transparent so that we can continue to focus on finding new sources of revenue and maintaining our relationship with those who have provided financial contributions. 


We believe in the following core values: 

  • Serving as a resource to educate the community and animal owners about responsible dog and cat care.
  • Providing high quality medical treatment for animals in our care.
  • Controlling the pet population through spay and neuter
  • To always act ethically and in the best interests of both animals and potential adopters.
  • Appreciating our dedicated volunteers and staff
  • Working as a team to develop creative solutions for potential adopters and achieve the best results
  • Having fun and enjoying our work

Donate to WSHS

WSHS can accept credit-card donations online using a secure server. Click on the Donate Now button. You can choose how your donation will be used! All donations are tax deductible.

In addition to monetary donations, we are always grateful for non-monetary donations. Click here to find a list of accepted items we would greatly appreciate receiving.