Coronavirus Response:  We are closed to the public through April 30.  Read more . . . 

WSHS Coronavirus Response

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In accordance with the statewide Stay At Home Order and to ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and animals, the the West Suburban Humane Society is closed to the public for the following period:


Monday, March 16 through Thursday, April 30

In light of the ever-changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we will provide any status changes or updates on this web page and on our Facebook page. Please check back here before any planned visit to the shelter.


What is Happing With the Animals in the Shelter?

We have halted the intake of any new animals during this period. Here at West Suburban Humane Society our amazing volunteers have gone the extra mile and most of our animals have been adopted or are in foster care right now. Since West Suburban Humane Society cares for animals, we are considered an essential business and our staff and volunteers can come in without violating the Illinois shelter-at-home order. We are operating with a reduced staff and using a reduced number of volunteers to minimize contact. We will continue to ensure the care and safety of all animals remaining in the shelter.

What Should I Do for my own Pets?

  • Include your pets in any preparedness plans that you and your family make.
  • When you're at the store stocking up on items, be sure to grab an extra bag of dog food or cat food.
  • If your pet is on a long-term medication, talk to your vet about getting some extra pills to make sure you won't run out
  • Identify a family member or friend to care for your pets in the event you become ill.
  • Ensure that your pets have a registered microchip and current identification tags.
  • Be sure to have a crate/carrier on-hand in case you need to move or transport your pet.

Please read the current CDC position on pets and COVID-19:

"While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person in China. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals."

What Can I Do to Help?

Adopters and supporters have asked what they can do to support the shelter during these challenging times. At this time we are unable to accept donated items such as food, towels, toys, etc. Please consider making a monetary donation to help us to continue to care for our animals.

You can also check out our Amazon wish list here and order items to be delivered directly to us. Thank you for any assistance you can provide during this tumultuous time!

Can I Adopt an Animal During the Closure?

While we are currently not processing adoptions, if you are interested in one of our animals, complete our online adoption application here and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. it to our staff. We will start a wait list for each animal in the order the applications are received. Once we can open to the public, we will contact each applicant about meeting the dog or cat you are interested in.

How Can I Contact the Shelter?

Please refer to our Contact page to call or email. Our phone lines will continue to be answered and monitored during our regular business hours.

Please stay safe and keep your family and your own pets safe. And remember to come and see our new Adoption Center when life gets back to normal.


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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.