Humane Society of Central Illinois

423 Kays Drive, Normal, IL 61761  •  (309) 451-1000  •  Viewing Hours

COVID-19 Shelter Update - Effective May 29, 2020

In accordance with the newest CDC guidelines our primary goal is still, the health and safety of our employees, animals, and customers.

We will continue to limit foot traffic in the facility.

Potential Adopters:

  • We will only accept online adoption applications.
  • Viewing animals is by appointment only. You must have an approved application on file to schedule an appointment. Appointments may be made via phone (309) 451-1000 or emailNo walk ins allowed!
  • Appointments are limited to no more than four members of the same household. We ask that no children under the age of 16 attend the appointment.
  • Everyone must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing while at the shelter.


  • We are still closed to volunteers.
  • Updated: 5/25/2020

  • Volunteer classes have been suspended until further notice.

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week!

Hi everyone!  My name is Sydney and I am a four year old female Australian cattle dog mix!  I'm a very shy girl but once I know you are my friend I will come up to you for pets and attention. I know how to sit for a treat and will give you kisses in return. I enjoy going outside for my daily walks so I can see what is happening in the world.   more...

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Humane Society of Central Illinois

Dear friends,

I hope my letter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

In short, I'm writing because the Humane Society of Central Illinois needs your help. It's not lost on anyone the serious and unprecedented situation faced today by our community and our world. What was once "another county's concern" quickly became our own as COVID-19 impacted every dimension of our lives. And, as you can imagine, it has impacted HSCI in ways we never expected.

Donations from our loyal supporters are down significantly and our doors remain closed to visitors through at least May 30. 100% of our operating expenses (now totaling more than $500,000 annually), are funded from donations and animal adoptions. As you can imagine, our ability to support operations is becoming very difficult. To manage costs, we've taken drastic steps including a temporary layoff of a number of employees. But, expenses still remain.

Pictures of Darrin the cat and Lilly the dog.

In addition, HSCI has been forced to take the following measures:

  • The widely popular annual gala has been canceled for 2020 - our biggest and most important event of the year, historically raising upward of $70,000 annually.
  • The spring garage sale and numerous bake sales have been indefinitely postponed. While smaller events, they generate more than $6000 combined towards food and medical supplies for our animals.
  • Painting events and restaurant fundraisers have been canceled, eliminating over $5000 in revenue.
  • Canceled the 4th of July Sit-In.
  • Postponed additional Kitten Yoga sessions.

But, there is good news too!  Many in our community are still adopting our animals, and programs like the Spay/Neuter Clinic continue. Dogs, cats and other small animals are still finding their forever home!  We are so grateful for those who have opened their hearts and their homes to an animal in need!

Picture of Herman the rabbit.

If you are in a position to make a monetary donation, we ask that you consider making one now to the newly formed HSCI Shelter Relief Fund. Gifts at the following levels go a long way toward supporting the shelter:

$25 -provides microchips for two shelter animals
$50 -helps feed our shelter cats for one week
$75 -helps feed our shelter dogs for one week
$100 -virtual adoption of one cat
$150 -provides cat litter for one week
$225 -virtual adoption of one dog
$500 -provides critical medication, vaccines, and medical supplies
$1000 -covers the monthly cost to remove waste and supply water for the shelter

HSCI Shelter Relief Fund donations can be made online, or print the donation form and mail the form with a check.

Thank you, dear friends, for your continued generosity and support.


Tim Anderson
HSCI Board President

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Help Wanted

Animal Care Attendant Needed

The HSCI currently has a part-time opening (27 hours per week) for an Animal Care Attendant.

This position requires weekend and holiday hours. Flexibility is a plus to fill in for absences or when additional staff is needed.

If you would like to know more, review the job advertisement and follow the instructions if you would like to apply for the position.

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. To see some of the cats we currently have available, check out our Available Cats webpage. Visit the Adoption Information webpage to review adoption fees and submit an online adoption application.



Volunteerism is an integral part of the HSCI and enables us to make a difference in the lives of thousands of homeless pets. We could not exist without the time, effort, and enthusiasm that each volunteer commits to giving. If you are interested in volunteering, see the list of Volunteer Opportunities.

Planned Giving

Planned Giving

There are many ways in which you can include the Humane Society of Central Illinois (HSCI) as a part of your estate plan, and when done properly the inclusion of a charitable beneficiary such as the HSCI as a part of your estate plan can not only allow for your generosity to benefit animals in need, but it can provide tax benefits that may benefit the non-charitable beneficiaries of your estate plan as well. read on...



The ASAP Fund was established by the Donor Fund Trustees to provide emergency or extraordinary medical services for animals sheltered at the HSCI.

Become a Sponsor!

Sponsor Program

HSCI is very grateful to our Sponsors.

Become one today with a donation of cash, goods or services of $500 or more. Join us now!

Hill's Science Diet

Hills Science Diet

We feed our pets Hill's Science Diet.

To learn about Hill's Science Diet products visit their website.

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