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Dog and cat adoptions are the foundation of our mission and the services we offer. After more than 34 years of helping find permanent homes for the animals in our care, we still have a lot more to do. There are thousands of homeless animals in the Chicagoland area waiting to find homes. We hope that you will take the time to learn more about our adoption process and consider adopting one of our current residents.
WSHS does its best to match adopters with the dog or cat that would be best suited to their family situation and lifestyle. Here is how our adoption process works:
Effective February 1st, we have lowered our cat adoption fees. Our fees are:
Adult Cats - 1 year to 5 years old - $125
Mature Cats - 5 years and older - $75
Kittens - Up to 6 months old - $150
Adult Dogs - 1 year and older - $150
Puppies - Up to 1 year old - $200
We also offer an Adopt A Buddy Program. Adopt any cat and/or kitten for the regular adoption fee and get a second cat/kitten for half of the regular fee. This offer is good for up to 6 months after the first adoption.
The fee includes the following:
Spay or neuter surgery, microchip, collar with ID tag, FVRCP vaccine, deworming, flea preventative, ear-mite check and treatment (if necessary), and a temporary cat carrier.
Spay or neuter surgery, microchip, collar with ID tag, flea preventative, heartworm check and preventative, DALP-PV vaccine, de-worming, Bordatella vaccine and a temporary leash.
Please visit our website for more information about adoption and to fill out an adoption application.
The West Suburban Humane Society (WSHS) is a volunteer based, animal welfare organization that was founded in 1972 as a lost and found referral service.
At that time, a small group of volunteers, working from their homes, gathered information and maintained records for the purpose of reuniting their lost companion animals and their owners.
Soon animal control officers in various townships and counties requested our help in locating the owners of unclaimed strays that were being held at their facilities. Over the next 10 years, as both demand and support for our services grew, WSHS began sheltering homeless animals by opening a small storefront shelter on Chicago's west side along with 3 additional small satellite shelters in other townships. Today, we have consolidated into one easily accessible and highly visible shelter and adoption facility, housing up to 25 dogs and 60 cats at a time. We operate at full capacity at all times with animal care and adoptions being provided by 2 full-time and 6 part-time employees and numerous volunteers. We are open to the public 6 days a week.
The cats and dogs come to us from many sources. Impoundment facilities and the public bring us dogs and cats of all ages that have been abandoned, abused, injured, neglected and orphaned. A dedicated volunteer base and the retained service of several veterinarians has allowed us to save the lives of and place over 600 homeless animals each year into new homes. Every animal that is brought to our shelter receives whatever type of veterinary care that is needed, including surgery and hospitalization for trauma cases, long-term care and medication for viral and baterial infections, and treatment of parasite infestations such as heartworm. Orphaned kittens and puppies as well as the infirm receive loving care in our Temporary Care Homes until they are ready for adoption.
We continue to reunite lost animals and their owners by maintaining a database with information on over 33,000 pets and their owners, and by providing free pet identification tags to all pet owners. This service has been improved with microchip pet identification implants for every animal that is adopted from us.
We're in the process of expanding several other programs and developing a few new ones! First on the list is our Humane Education Program, which is being rejuvenated and will include updated adult and youth educational materials, on-site and off-site presentations and tours of the West Suburban Humane Society facilities.
Be sure to check our website regularly for update information!
The West Suburban Humane Society is located at 1901 W. Ogden Avenue (Route 34) at the southeast corner of Ogden & Stonewall. Take I-88 to I-355 South and exit immediately at Ogden Avenue (east). The shelter is 4 blocks east of Belmont Avenue or 1 mile west of Main Street and Highland Avenue.
The shelter's hours are:
Monday 11 am – 2 pm and 7 pm – 9 pm Tuesday 11 am – 2 pm and 7 pm – 9 pm Wednesday Closed all day Thursday 11 am – 2 pm and 7 pm – 9 pm Friday 11 am – 2 pm and 7 pm – 9 pm Saturday 11 am – 3 pm Sunday 11 am – 3 pm
The shelter is closed on all major holidays.