About Us


Check out our website at apl-shelter.org for all of our upcoming events and current information.

Adopting A Friend

We have plenty of dogs and cats just waiting to meet you!  Our adoption center is open from Noon to 5pm every day.  If you see an animal on Petfinder please feel free to call our shelter at 217-544-PETS (7387) to inquire if the animal is at the shelter or in one of our foster homes.  There is a simple application process that you will need to complete prior to approval for adoption. 

 Although we occasionally run adoption specials, our regular adoption fees for cats are $50 or two for $65.  Our pricing on dogs is variable.  Every animal has been spayed or neutered, microchipped, tested for heartworms or FeLV/FIV, and is current on all vaccines.  That’s over a $350 value!


Who We Are

The Animal Protective League is a 501(c) organization and operates both an animal shelter with adoption center and a high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic.  We are the regional leaders in ending the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets!  Our limited admission shelter is unique in that we prioritize sick, injured, and abandoned animals.  We also take in animals that are slated for euthanasia from local area animal control agencies and give them a second chance at life.

 Our spay/neuter clinic offers affordable spay/neuter services for members of the public, as well as other humane groups within a 90 mile radius.  Costs for surgery are $65 for a dog spay/neuter; $45 for a male cat neuter; $35 for a female cat spay and $25 for a feral cat.  Rabies vaccines are also required and are available for $10 at the time of surgery.  Due to a generous grant from PetSmart Charities we are currently able to offer free spay/neuter for cats if you live in the following zip codes within Sangamon County: 62702; 62703 and 62704.  If you live within 62702 and 62703 we are also able to offer free spay/neuter for Pit Bull type dogs!  Call 217-789-SPAY (7729) to schedule an appointment today!


In addition, APL runs a pet food bank, takes animals to local nursing homes for pet therapy; takes dogs into area schools for our Paws to Read program, offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and offers humane investigations for cases of cruelty or neglect.  For more information or to donate please call 217-544-PETS (7387) or visit our website at apl-shelter.org.


Come Visit Us

Animal Protective League

1001 Taintor Road

Springfield, IL  62702

We are located behind the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Taintor Road, across from Gate 6. From I-55, take the Sangamon Avenue Exit, follow Sangamon to Peoria Road, turn right onto Peoria Road. The first road on your left is Taintor Road. Turn left on Taintor, and we are the first building you will see on your right-hand side.  We also conduct off site adoptions at many locations on the weekend.  Check out our website at apl-shelter.org or call 217/544-PETS (7387) for more information!


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