The Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1979 to develop and implement animal welfare programs and services within Naperville and the surrounding areas. Their mission is to promote the humane treatment of companion animals and create lasting human-animal bonds. The vision at NAHS is to engage people to compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world. While providing shelter and adoption programs for homeless animals, they strive to educate and deliver services to the community that reflect their integrity, respect, compassion and joy for all people and animals.
Rescuing, protecting, caring for, and loving our homeless pets; NAHS continues to serve Naperville and beyond. Over the years, the shelter has been a temporary home to thousands of cats and dogs waiting to find their forever homes.
In 2014, award-winning artist Dale Rogers was commissioned to create a whimsical dog-and-cat sculpture honoring the NAHS 35th anniversary. The sculpture is intended to celebrate NAHS founders Ardis McCallion and Cleo Keller, both of whom celebrated their 90th birthdays that year. The sculpture can been seen Downtown Naperville near the Naperville Park District Building.
NAHS offers a variety of humane education programs including summer camp, after school programs, college and high school internships, home-school programs, school presentations, scouts programs, and Paws for Tales, a therapeutic reading program with certified dog teams. We currently have programs in 11 school districts and 13 private schools.
NAHS also has a Safe Pets program primarily for dogs and cats whose owners are escaping domestic violence situations. They partner with organizations such as Family Shelter Services to provide temporary housing for these pets while their people find safe housing.
NAHS and their supporters are devoted to making a difference in the community for people and animals.