About Hinsdale Humane Society

About Hinsdale Humane Society


Hinsdale Humane Society has been an important part of Hinsdale and near western suburban communities since 1953. HHS helps animals in need as an advocate and voice for companion animals who are entirely dependent on people for their care. Six and a half million companion animals enter us shelters annually. Approximately seven hundred ten thousand lost pets are safely reunited to their owners. About 3 million are adopted each year and, tragically, one and a half million shelter animals are euthanized annually. Those numbers are a constant reminder and incentive for us in the work we do every day. HHS provides new homes to about a thousand animals each year through our adoption program, but we can do more. Seventy-nine percent of US households have a dog or cat while only 23 percent adopt their dog from a shelter and only 31 percent adopt their cat from a shelter. HHS plans to expand its adoption program by housing more animals and by reaching out to a larger number of people seeking pets. We’ve set a goal to eventually provide a second chance and a new home to 3,000 or more pets every year. Besides helping animals find a new home through adoption, HHS provides a wide range of community programs and services designed to reduce the number of pets who eventually end up in shelters. HHS humane education programs are conducted at camps, schools, tours, and library presentations to help young people as well as adults understand that all animals require our compassion and care. HHS pet therapy provides the healing therapy of pets to people in hospitals, elder care, rehab centers, and to hospice patients. We also work with children bringing the power of pet therapy to reading advocacy programs and into special education settings. We offer obedience training to help families control their pets behavior problems and help keep pets in their current homes. Our lost pet service and behavior help line are designed to help pet owners and immediate need of assistance. HHS does not euthanize for lack of space and we do not have time limits for our animals. We receive no government funding, so we rely on your generous donations to continue our work. Please join us in our mission of adopt, don’t shop and in celebrating pets and the people who love them. Until they all have homes, we’ll be here watching over them. They need us and we need you. Thank you for being part of our journey.

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