Animal House Shelter, Inc

WE ARE OPEN  11 AM TO 7 PM, Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri & Sun EVEN ON HOLIDAYS! TUESDAYS 11am-4pm. SATURDAYS  9 AM TO 7 PM

 Animal House Shelter is a non-profit, 501(c)3, no kill shelter that rescues, rehabilitates and adopts out all breeds of dogs and cats.  We fully vet every animal that we rescue before they are adopted, including spay/neuter, all vaccines and boosters, heartgard, frontline, dewormings and microchip.  If you are looking to adopt your next pet, a dog or cat, click on the Adoptable Dogs & Adoptable Cats pages on the left.  We always need foster homes & volunteers.  You can get information on volunteering or fostering by clicking on the buttons to your left.  We serve all of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana & Iowa.

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By Donating, you can make all the difference in the world for a homeless animal.  Please help us help save the lives of homeless dogs & cats.  

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Animal House Shelter is a non-profit, 501(c)3, no kill shelter for all breeds of dogs and cats.

Founded in June 2002, AHS rescues and cares for homeless pets.  We take in dogs and cats that have been abused, neglected, abandoned.  There are a variety of other reasons people relinquish their dog or cat to us as well: lack of time, moving, allergies, new baby etc.  We save those scheduled for euthanasia at other shelters due to their lack of space. Once rehabilitated and ready, they are carefully matched with prospective adopters and placed in loving homes. Over 30,000 pets have been adopted from Animal House Shelter.

Like people, animals have distinct personalities that make them unique. At Animal House Shelter, we are proud to say that the dogs and cats are treated like our own. We care enough to be certain they are treated with the comfort and respect that they deserve and we make every effort to ensure that they go to the right, forever, permanent, loving home.

The best possible veterinary care is always given to Animal House Shelter pets and treatment is never declined if it will give the animal a chance for a healthy life. Socializing and keeping our pets happy is also of utmost importance. Dogs are walked 4-5 times daily and cats are housed in a large, whimsical, free-roam habitat All are given loving care and attention by staff and volunteers.



All dogs and cats are given all vaccinations- including their Rabies vaccine if old enough. They are neutered,  microchipped,  dewormed and heartworm tested (Dogs)  or FeLV/FIV tested (Cats). Dogs are kept on heartworm preventative & all animals receive Frontline Plus monthly by Animal House.

Animal House takes in many special needs animals.  We take care of any ailment or surgery that needs to be done on any animal we rescue including, but not limited to: heart worm treatments, cruciate ligament repair, patella surgery, FHO, heart surgery, diabetes, anxiety disorders, auto immune deficiencies, liver shunts etc.  On average, AHS takes in at least one animal per week that has one of the above ailments or needs surgery.  We do not believe that any animal should be left to be euthanized at a high kill facility because they are sick or injured.  Society has already failed them at one point in time and someone needs to speak up and rescue those that are defenseless and without a voice.  That is who we are are and that is what Animal House Shelter has always been about.  These ailments & surgeries are extremely expensive and we need the communities help to not leave these poor souls to be discarded with no one to care for them.

We rescue all breeds of dogs including, but not limited to, the following breeds: Havanese, Shih Tzu, Poodle, Chihuahua, Yorkskire Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Boston Terrier, French Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, Border Collie, German Shepherd, Boxer, American Bulldog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Weimaraner, Rottweiler, Am Staff Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Standard Poodle, Mastiff, Pug, Cavalier King Charles, Spaniel, Greyhound, Vizsla, American Eskimo, Pomeranian, Miniature Pinscher, Doberman, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, English Bulldog, Newfoundland, Coonhound, Mountain Cur, Bloodhound, Plott Hound, German Shorthair Pointer, Chinese Crested, Akita, Chow, Airedale, Alaskan Malamute, Basenji, Australian Shepherd, Cairn Terrier, Corgi, Collie, Spitz, Maltese, Papillon, Pekingese, Saint Bernard, Rhodesian Rideback, Labradoodle, Husky, Basset Hound, Beagle, Wheaten Terrier, Australian Shepherd, Schnauzer and Springer Spaniel. We are open for adoptions daily from 11 am to 7 pm! Stop on out to rescue and adopt a puppy, dog, kitten or cat today!

We service all areas in Illinois, including but not limited: Huntley, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Elgin, Dundee, Schaumburg, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Chicago, Downers Grove, Hoffman Estates, Rockford, Naperville, Joliet, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Libertyville, Addison, Elmhurst, Buffalo Grove, Burr Ridge, Bloomingdale, Bartlett, South Barrington, Bolingbrook, Bensenville, Carol Stream, Deer Park, Deer Grove, Deerfield, Evansville, Elk Grove Village, Highland Park, Gurnee, Wilmette, Lake Forrest, Winnetka, Northbrook, Oakbrook, Glencoe, Glenview, Gilberts, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hampshire, Marengo, Hinsdale, Island Lake, Itasca, Inverness, Kildeer, Lombard, Long Grove, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Morton Grove, Niles, Pingree Grove, Round Lake, Wauconda, Streamwood, Tower Lakes, Tinley Park, Vernon Hills, Wheeling.  Also Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa & Michigan.


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AHS IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT!! PLEASE CLICK ON THE ‘ONLINE APPLICATION’ BUTTON AND THEN CLICK ON ‘EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION’. (DON’T HIT ENTER WHILE FILLING OUT) -you need to be able to work weekends, holidays, looking for long term employment and have a very flexible schedule. You can call or email the shelter for more details.

Definition of a No Kill shelter: “No adoptable animal should be euthanized if it can be adopted into a suitable home.  Adoptable animals include only those animals eight weeks of age or older that, at or subsequent to the time the animal is impounded or otherwise taken into possession, have manifested no sign of a behavioral or temperamental defect that could pose a health or safety risk or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet, and have manifested no sign of disease, injury, or congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the health of the animal or that is likely to adversely affect the animal’s health in the future.”


Animal House Shelter – Established 2002

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In the summer of 1996, I received a frantic phone call from a friend that a dog had just been dumped out of a car on Lake Cook Rd and was dodging cars in the Barrington area.  I was home during a break from college at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois, where I was an Animal Science major and planning to continue on to become a veterinarian.

The beautiful little girl that was scared to death and dodging cars was a 6 month old female American Staffordshire Terrier, who we soon named Kiley. I had grown up with a family filled with rescue dogs, horses, cats and even wildlife that we rehabilitated from time to time.  I had never had anyone as special as Kiley come into my life.  She returned to college with me as I continued my last year and she quickly opened my eyes to what I needed to do with my passion for animals.

I needed to open a non-profit, no kill animal shelter for all breeds of dogs and cats.  Animal House Shelter was established in June of 2002.

When we began our mission, Kiley helped us in so many ways. Because her temperament was so amazing, she was a natural to help us determine if an animal was dog-friendly. She also mothered several orphaned puppies throughout the years.

She was and always will be my source of inspiration for Animal House Shelter, Inc. She inspired our organization to carry out our mission to save from euthanasia homeless dogs and cats from pounds and animal control facilities.

I lost Kiley to adrenal cancer in 2008.  Because she was such a special soul that impacted my life in ways I can not fully explain, AHS has now rescued, rehabilitated and found forever homes for over 15,000 dogs and cats to date.

Lesley Irwin

Founder of Animal House Shelter, Inc.

April 2010

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