P.O. Box 512 : Springfield, Illinois 62705 : info@illinoishumane.org

About Us: Illinois Humane

Another successful cat adoption - AshaPlease join our growing family of concerned animal advocates. We are successfully reaching out to many community members who care deeply about animals. They are stepping forward, and lending their skills and resources to this important cause. We are very excited about our new focus, and very truly hope to hear from you.



Our Team:

Illinois Humane Board of Directors

  • Jane McBride, Esq., Assistant Attorney General,  Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Approved Humane Investigator
  • Tamara Richmond, Child Advocate, Horse Therapy Counselor, Approved Humane Investigator,
    Equine Certified
  • John P. Taylor, Esq., Sole Practitioner


  • President: Jane McBride
  • Treasurer: John Taylor

Fact Sheet - Download word or pdf versions by clicking the links

Illinois Humane is a Springfield-based 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization working to rescue, re-home and provide better lives for abandoned, abused and neglected companion animals. Established in August 2003, it is an all-volunteer organization, with no paid staff.

It uses nine state-approved volunteer Humane Investigators who look into allegations of abuse or neglect of domestic animals.  Four investigators are also approved to do equine cases.

Illinois Humane does not have a kennel facility or office location and all rescued animals are sheltered in a network of foster homes or discounted kennel spaces.

Illinois Humane is not officially affiliated with other area shelters, but works cooperatively with them to provide rescue services and promote humane treatment of companion animals.


  • Illinois Humane relies on the generous support of individuals and businesses in the community to pay for the expenses of veterinary care, food, bedding, carriers, kennels and equipment and other animal care needs.
  • Fundraisers and events are held throughout the year to help cover the expenses of spay/neuter programs, vaccinations, heartworm treatments and other medical care, and other costs of animal rescue and providing programs and services.
  • Financial contributions are always needed and appreciated.


  • Illinois Humane conducts pet adoptions on several weekends each month, usually at PETCO or PETsMART in Springfield.  Notices of upcoming adoptions are listed in the State Journal-Register.
  • Adoption costs are $150.00 for dogs; $50.00 for puppies and $50.00 for cats or kittens.  All animals offered for adoption will be spayed or neutered, micro chipped, tested for heartworm and feline diseases and have required vaccinations.  an application and a home visit are generally required to approve new adoptive homes.


Illinois Humane offers services primarily in Sangamon County and the Central Illinois area, and statewide for some programs.

Major program areas include:
Cruelty and neglect investigations; adoptions of rescued animals; spay and neuter initiatives; animal advocacy; community outreach and education
The New Hope Program  The New Hope Program is a cooperative effort between area animal control facilities and Illinois Humane to save and find homes for dogs that have the misfortune to end up at the “pound” and have not been adopted by the public.  Our trained animal welfare agent evaluates the temperaments of dogs that are at risk of euthanasia and then transfers qualifying adoptable pets into the Illinois Humane network. Illinois Humane provides for any necessary medical care and the dogs are temporarily sheltered in our foster home network. The dogs are met by prospective families at pet adoptions, adopted from their foster homes or seen on the Petfinder.com and the Illinois Humane web sites and some are taken in by breed-specific rescue groups. Since the New Hope Program began in March 2003, more than 300 dogs have been saved and successfully re-homed to caring families.


To report abuse or neglect, email info@illinoishumane.org

Would you like to help ILLINOIS HUMANE?

Financial contributions of any size are always needed.
Please make checks payable to Illinois Humane and send them to: P.O. Box 512, Springfield, IL   62705.

Donations of dog and cat food, bedding, doghouses, pet carriers, litter and other pet supplies are also essential.  If you would like to donate, please email us at info@illinoishumane.org.

Foster Care – If you are interested in becoming a temporary foster home for Illinois Humane animals, please contact us at info@illinoishumane.org.

Volunteers – If you would like to help with pet adoptions, fundraisers or in any other way, please call email us info@illinoishumane.org.


Email: info@illinoishumane.org

Mailing address: Illinois Humane : PO Box 512 : Springfield IL,  62705

Illinois Humane DMCA Notice and Takedown Procedure

Illinois Humane (“IH”) abides by the United States federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), by responding to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other applicable laws. As part of IH ’s response, a decision may be made to remove access or disable access to material residing on a site that is controlled or operated by IH and where the material is claimed to be infringing. IH may also make a good faith attempt to contact the person who submitted the affected material so that they may make a counter notification, under the terms of the DMCA. You may wish to consult a lawyer to determine your rights and obligations under the DMCA and any other applicable laws. Nothing here or anywhere on IH ’s websites should be construed as legal advice. The following notice requirements are intended only to comply with IH ’s rights and obligations under the DMCA and, in particular, 17 U.S.C. section 512(c), and do not constitute legal advice.

Notice of Infringing Material

To file a Notice of Infringing Material on a website owned by IH, please provide written notification containing the following details: Reasonably sufficient details to enable IH to identify the work claimed to be infringed or, if multiple copyrighted works are claimed to be infringed, a representative list of such works (for example, title, author, any registration number, URL); Reasonably sufficient details to enable IH to identify and locate the material that is claimed to be infringing (for example, file name or URL of the page that contains the material); Your contact information so that IH can contact you (including for example, your address, telephone number, and email address); A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the material identified above in 2 is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; A statement, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; and Your physical or electronic signature. Notice may be sent to: By Mail:

Jane McBride, DMCA Agent Center for Illinois Humane PO Box 512 : Springfield IL, 62705.

By email: info@illinoishumane.org

If material that you have posted to a website owned by IH has been taken down, you may file a counter-notification that contains the following details: Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled; A statement, under penalty of perjury, that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material in question; Your name, address and telephone number; A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which IH may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification in compliance with section 512 (c)(1)(C) of the DMCA, or an agent of such person. Your physical or electronic signature.

Notice may be sent to:

By Mail: Jane McBride, PO Box 512 : Springfield IL, 62705

email: info@illinoishumane.org


P.O. Box 512 : Springfield, Illinois 62705 : info@illinoishumane.org