Pets make our lives better.

Share your story and help Anderson win a lifesaving grant of up to $100,000!


You adopted. You made a homeless pet part of your family. You saved a life.

And in the end, it was you who learned the meaning of true love. 


If you've adopted a pet from Anderson who changed your life for the better, your story could help us save the lives of more homeless pets. No matter how long ago you adopted, your story still matters. 


Here's how it works: 

  • Write a story in 500 words or less about the large and small ways your pet brightens your life.

  • Select at least 4 photos that support your story. Be sure to include one of just the pet, one of you and your family with your pet, and two additional photos.

  • Be sure to include the following required information with your entry:

    • Org Name: Anderson Animal Shelter

    • Org Leader: Beth Foster, President & CEO

    • Org Phone: 847-697-2880

    • Org tax ID: 36-6164626​

    • Org email:

  • Submit your story by noon CST on September 23.

If you would like help writing your story please reach out to Kristin Greenlee by phone or email.


Submissions are due September 23 at 12pm CST.

Previous winning entries

In early 2017 Joya Morales and her young sons suffered two enormous losses when they lost their husband/father and family dog within 3 months of each other. A few months later, two kittens came into their lives and helped them heal. Click          to learn how the Morales family helped Anderson earn $25,000!

Victory Centre of Bartlett, through its See Spot Retire companion program, adopted Daisy Mae in 2016. Daisy Mae quickly settled in and made herself at home. Click           to read about how this pup connects with the residents and helped us earn $10,000.

$25,000 Winner!

$10,000 Winner!

Nicole Devine wasn't looking for a pet in 2016 when her office held an adoption event with Anderson Animal Shelter. She was recovering from a painful injury that impacted her plans to run in the Walt Disney World Marathon. She decided to just look at the dogs and before she knew it, a beagle puppy captured her attention. Click          to learn how Jacob (now Brantley) helped her enough to recover and run in the marathon while the shelter earned $5,000.

$5,000 Winner!

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New Year's Day  ·  Memorial Day  ·  Fourth of July  ·  Labor Day  ·  Thanksgiving Day  ·  Christmas Day

We will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.


Adoption Center

180 N Randall Road

North Aurora, IL 60542

Next to Pet Supplies Plus

(847) 697-2880 ext 80

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Main Shelter

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880

(847) 697-8229 fax

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Adoption Center

412 W Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Inside Petco

(847) 697-2880 ext 90

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.

New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

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