Anderson Animal Shelter has been saving lives and serving the Fox Valley region for more than 50 years. The 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 along Route 31 in South Elgin, IL. In the 1980s, a generous donation from the Ivar and Ruth Anderson Anti Cruelty Trust prompted a name change to Anderson Animal Shelter.
Anderson receives no federal and state funding. We rely on and appreciate the generosity of our adopters, staff, volunteers, foster caregivers, community members and businesses to support our life-saving mission.
We partner with animal welfare organizations in our community and other states to save thousands of companion animals every year.
We have three adoption centers – South Elgin, Bloomingdale and North Aurora. Each location offers animal and people-friendly spaces, making adoptions easy and accessible.
We offer humane education and community outreach programs that advocate for compassionate treatment of animals, as well as promote the adoption of stray and unwanted companion animals.
We offer a variety of training programs for pet owners, including puppy and dog classes that focus on positive reinforcement, socialization and life skills for a lifetime of bonding and learning.