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. Now, we operate at full capacity at all times, providing care and housing for up to 25 dogs and 60 cats in our facilities, and even more animals in our foster homes. We are able to provide this care with the help of two full-time and eight part-time employees and numerous volunteers. Our facility is open to the public six days a week. 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.
There are multiple ways you can get in touch with us if you need more information or assistance.
Who We Are
Learn more about how we started, where the animals come from, our volunteers, programs, and more.
Location and Hours
We’re located in Downers Grove, Illinois. Get directions to our facility and find out when we’re open. Note: hours disrupted due to COVID-19.
Mission and Vision
The West Suburban Humane Society is dedicated to operating an animal shelter for the purpose of finding, safe, permanent, compatible homes through adoption of domestic dogs and cats. Learn More…
Our Staff and Board
How do we make it all work? With the passion and dedication of four full-time and seven part-time employees, along with numerous volunteers.
Want to join our team? WSHS always accepts applications from people who have a heart for serving the community. Learn more about positions that are currently open.
You can view or download our annual reports and 990 tax statements.
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They give us the resources we need to continue our mission of providing shelter and love for homeless dogs and cats.