West Suburban Humane Society

1901 W. Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Our Mission

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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 adop

Adoption Policy

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:

Visit the shelter during our open hours and complete an Adoption Information Sheet. View our cats or dogs to see if there is one that interests you.
Interact with the animal you choose.
If you are interested in proceeding with an adoption, you will discuss the information you filled out on your Adoption Information Sheet with one of our adoption counselors to determine if the animal is w

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