The mission of Anderson Animal Shelter is to improve the lives of pets and people through service, education and advocacy. Anderson Animal Shelter is dedicated to the welfare of companion animals and their human caregivers.Anderson Animal Shelter was incorporated in 1966 as the Humane Society of North Central Illinois. In 1971, our current shelter opened its doors on five acres of land located along Rte 31 in South Elgin, IL. In the 1980s the shelter received a generous donation from the Ruth and Ivar Anderson Animal Anticruelty Trust, which prompted a name change to the Anderson Animal Shelter.
Over the years, the shelter has transitioned from a traditional community animal shelter to one of the most progressive humane societies of its kind. In 2001, an on-site veterinary clinic was added to provide health care for shelter animals and to provide for the spaying/neutering of all adopted dogs and cats before they leave the shelter. The shelter operates under a ''no-kill'' philosophy, which means that we do not euthanize adoptable animals. We will never euthanize one animal to make room for another. Instead, we cease admissions when the shelter is at capacity. Anderson Animal Shelter is committed to an adoption guarantee for all healthy and treatable animals in our care, and euthanasia is reserved for animals whose behavior and/or health cannot be reasonably managed in a home environment.
Anderson Animal Shelter collaborates with public and private organizations and individuals to shelter, care for and promote the adoption of stray and unwanted companion animals. We advocate for the compassionate and humane treatment of these animals through direct care, humane education and community outreach programs.