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Donations may be made through the mail to Effingham Co. Humane Society, P.O. Box 321, Effingham, IL 62401

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We are always in need of volunteers to help us care for our shelter animals. We match your interests and skills such as fostering animals, direct care, cleaning/laundry, office work, fundraising, adoption counseling, or presentations with our needs. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the shelter at (217)536-9001.

Donations are always needed. All proceeds benefit homeless and neglected pets. The Effingham Co. Humane Society is run by volunteers. We do not receive tax support or national funding, so we depend on donations, bequests, and gifts to operate. Contributions are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible. Donations can be made in person, online by clicking the "Donate" button below, or by mail at Effingham Co. Humane Society, P.O. Box 321, Effingham, IL 62401.

If you are interested in adopting, please call us at (217)536-9001 for more info. You can also email us at 4paws@frontier.com, or visit our facebook page. Adoptions (with approved applicants) are scheduled by appointment. Evening and Saturday appointments are also available. We have a general policy of only adopting out to families within an 8 hour driving distance. Please click here for a dog adoption application, or click here for a cat adoption application.


Mission Statement


The Humane Society encourages the spaying and neutering of companion animals. We discourage the breeding of pets until the demand absorbs the supply. Although the Effingham Co. Humane Society is a "no kill" rescue group, animal control agencies across the U.S. euthanize over 5 million cats and dogs each year--that's one every 6 seconds. Last year in Effingham County alone, Animal Control officers were forced to kill hundreds of pets. The majority of these surplus pets are healthy, good-natured, and adoptable; there simply are not enough homes for all of them.

The goal of the Effingham County Humane Society is to reduce animal suffering in our county through educating and promoting responsible pet ownership, which includes spaying/neutering pets, appropriate pet identification, proper pet care, and the quality adoption of homeless pets.

Since the Humane Society has a "no kill" policy, we can rescue animals only as space is available. Unfortunately there are far more requests than our network of volunteers can accommodate, but we try to help as many as funds and resources allow. Money, time, and all of our humane efforts are unable to accommodate the vast number of surplus pets. The only solution is the spaying and neutering of companion animals. The more donations and volunteers the Humane Society acquires will allow us to help spay/neuter more animals.



*Spay or neuter
*Distemper vaccination and booster
*Feline leukemia vaccination
*Feline leukemia/FIV test
*Avid microchip
*Parasite treatment as needed
*Collar & ID tag
*Starter kit with info and samples

*Spay or neuter
*Distemper vaccination and booster
*Rabies shot
*Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccination
*Heartworm test and started on heartworm preventative
*Avid microchip
*Parasite treatment as needed
*Collar & ID tag
*Starter kit with info and samples

Our Wishlist

*8' and 6' plastic folding tables
*More Volunteers!
*Cash Donations
*Good lightly-used electric clothes dryer
*Good lightly-used electric washing machine - heavy duty type that will wash cat and dog beds
*Menards gift cards
*WalMart gift cards
*Paper towels
*40 gallon & 13 gallon garbage bags
*Dishwashing liquid
*Gel dishwasher detergent
*Bleach spray
*Toys for cats
*Clumpable cat litter
*Canned dog food - prefer without chunks
*Canned cat food - Friskies brand only
*Dog treats (no rawhides)
*Air purifiers
*Dog nylabone chew bones all sizes
*Dog Kong toys all sizes, black are more durable
*6' and 8' unpadded church pews

Board Members Up For Election November 2016

Alan Lawyer, Treasurer
Ginger Hauk, Director
Kim Lawyer, Director
Amy Jo Kingery, Director
Gustin Bauguss, Director
Leah Zerrusen, Director

Tax Forms

Click Here to view our Form 990
Click Here to view our Annual Report for Fiscal year 2014

The Effingham County Humane Society is a 501c3 non-profit organization incorporated in 1979. Run by volunteers and relies on local donations to provide care and pay veterinary costs for stray and neglected pets. All donations are tax deductible.
Click here for a copy of our Privacy Notice, or here for our current 990EZ.