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We Invite Your Support

The long awaited campaign to build a new shelter begins now . . .

Capital Campaign
The Substantial Need for a New Shelter

To ensure that the West Suburban Humane Society (WSHS) can continue to provide care and support for homeless dogs and cats, the time has come to build a new animal shelter. The current shelter was retro-fitted from a single-family home and a boarding kennel over forty years ago and it is quite simply ... deteriorating. With a bit of ingenuity and a ton of passion we made this unique setup work for many years, but it can no longer sustain the tremendous growth we have experienced in the last decade nor can it provide space for the proper housing and socialization of the dogs and cats awaiting adoption. 

The current shelter must be replaced. In preparation for this day we knew was coming -- years ago our Board of Directors made a strategic and fiscally responsible decision to acquire the two lots adjacent to the current shelter property. Our plan is to build the new shelter on these adjacent lots. This has two important advantages. First, we can continue operations while the new shelter is being built, and that means minimal impact to the animals. Second, we will remain in the community that we currently serve and where we have built many relationships. The total project cost for a new 8,300 square foot building and furnishings is $4,000,000. The great news is that we are ALMOST THERE! We need your help to make the new shelter a reality in 2020.

Current Amount Raised:  $3,503,759

Our Future Home


This is How We Do It!

Naming Opportunies

Leave a Legacy

We are pleased to recognize supporters who make significant contributions to our New Shelter Capital Campaign.

Permanently naming an area of the shelter is a wonderful way to help homeless pets. Donors can honor a pet, person, or even a business or organization.

If you are interested in a naming opportunity, please contact Carolyn Mossberger, Executive Director at (630) 960-9600 ext. 25.

All Naming Opportunities

Alumni Stories



Hound Mix

A former "tie-out" dog who now lives with her one and only person, and two African Grey parrots.



White/Golden/ Black Calico

We were especially thrilled when sweet Bonnie, a 10 year old cat with special needs, found her new family.



Llewellin Setter

Rescued from neglect in a hoarding situation, Bambi found safety and love in her forever home.



Grey Domestic Shorthair

This green-eye beauty lost her home. Thankfully, her new family came looking for a girl just like her.



Orange/White Tabby

Mitch is the whole package - a looker and loaded with personality - his adoptive family is very lucky.


Fergie "Mama"


From abandoned puppy mill mama to a cherished pet who always puts a smile on her mom's face.

Stevie & Wonder

Stevie & Wonder

Domestic Shorthair Mixes

These two amazing siblings taught us the true meaning of love, loyalty, and overcoming challenges.



Lab Mix

After years of neglect, resilient Honeysuckle is now living the life she always deserved.

  • 46 Years Serving the Community
  • 500 Volunteers
  • 30000 Animals Adopted (and counting)

Our 'No-Kill' Record

Our save rate is 98% compared to the national average of 90%.

Our Fiscal Responsibility

The majority of funds (74%) are spent directly on animal care.

Our Partnerships

We partner with local veterinarians who provide discounted vaccines, spay & neuter and medical services.

Our Community Presence

Our humane education classes, after-school programs and Summer Camps run regularly at capacity.

We Need You!