South Suburban Humane Society


Rating: 4.6

Average rating from 55 reviews.

(4.6 out of 5, based on 55 reviews)

1103 West End AveChicago Hts, IL 60411
Hours: M&W 12-7, Th-Fri-Sat 12-5, Sun 1-4

655 miles away
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The South Suburban Humane Society is a 501(c )(3) organization that was started in 1970, serving the animal welfare needs of the entire south suburbs of Chicago. In the beginning, we handled all rescues, adoptions and provided foster care out of private homes. Since November 1973, our organization has been operating a 10,000 square foot open-door animal shelter in Chicago Heights, Illinois.

For over thirty years, our organization has helped tens of thousands of animals. We have grown from a small group of volunteers to an organization made up of volunteers and paid employees that were responsible for almost 6,000 animals in 2006. We offer extensive outreach programs including humane education, abuse investigations, and community outreach events. We also operate two resale employments located in Steger, Illinois and Chicago Heights, Illinois that promote our organization, our animals and provide much needed income to support our humane work.

Our Programs:
High-volume, Low-cost Spay Neuter Clinic
Help end pet overpopulation by spaying or neutering your pet. On July 28, SSHS opened a high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Glenwood, IL.
Spay / Neuter Surgery Fees
Male Dogs $55
Female Dogs $65
Male & Female Dogs over 75# $75
Male Cats (including ferals) $40
Female Cats (including ferals) $50
For more information email Sandi at .

Cruelty and Neglect Investigations
Our Approved Humane Investigators enforce state laws based on the Humane Care for Animals Act. If you suspect that an animal is being abused or neglected, contact our investigators immediately at 708-755-7387 or email . Please make sure you an exact address, complete description of animal or animals, and details of the abuse or neglect. All complaints are confidential and situations will be evaluated within 24 hours of the initial complaint. If necessary a recheck will be performed to ensure compliance with the Illinois law. You can help us make a difference. Call and save a life.

Free ID Tags
Many animals that end up in our shelter are strays - so do your part to make sure your pet isn't one of them. General identification tags are offered at our shelter free of charge. You can stop in and register your pet with us and we will issue you an identification tag to place on your pet's collar. If your pet is ever lost, the finder will be able to call the shelter number on the tag and we can provide them with the information to return the animal to you.

Educational Materials
The more you learn the happier you'll be - and your pet will too. We have many brochures and pamphlets on helping owners deal with training and behavioral issues. Visit the shelter or call us and we'd be happy to assist. No problem is too big - we can help.

Humane Education Visits
We bring the shelter to you. Our Humane Educator will visit many area organizations and groups to teach all ages the importance of responsible pet care, animal safety, bite prevention and the shelter's role in your community. You will be provided with educational materials and a chance to visit with one of our available animals. Call the shelter today to schedule your visit.

Birthday Parties
Your next birthday party will be going to the animals if you have it at the South Suburban Humane Society. For a $100.00 donation you can schedule a party in our shelter's multi-purpose room. Our Humane Educator will be there to give demonstrations on animal handling and you'll get a private tour of the shelter with the chance to get up close and personal with the many puppies and kittens we have available for adoption.

Lost and Found Services
The #1 thing you can do to prevent your pet from finding its way home to you is to license, tag and /or microchip your pet. However, if your pet does get lost, or if you've found one, call the humane society right away. We keep logs of lost and found animals. Many times those animals are right in our very shelter, but we won't know unless you call. Also, post flyers and contact neighbors, police departments and other local shelters to see if the animal was brought to them. The more you do the better chance your pet will have of returning safely home.

Find bargains at our Second Chance Resale Shops
while helping the animals, too!

For over 20 years South Suburban Humane Society has operated two resale shops - the first of its kind anywhere!

Second Chance I in Steger, IL and Second Chance II in Chicago Heights, IL supply about 15% of the shelter's annual income. This additional funding goes directly to the animals cared for at the humane society. Remember, your donations are tax deductible!

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Reader's Reviews (55)
Rating: 5

SSHS Cares

posted 6 years ago

The staff genuinely cares about the well being of their animals and connected the right pet with the right family. I've visited this shelter many times. It is need of repair and painting. The shelter spends all of their donations on caring for the animals. They need more money to take better care of the facility, including the ceiling in the lobby area and the parking lot. They could also use more street signs directing would-be pet adopters to the shelter. The shelter is not easy to find!

Pros: The staff genuinely cares about the well being of their animals.

Cons: Underfunded and hard to locate.

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Rating: 5


posted 7 years ago

Hey, my name is Ricardo and well this shelter is a possitive add to our community. They help all the animals and those owners who may not be able to afford the veterenary care that their pets need. The staff works hard to find good homes for the animals in this shelter. Keep up the good work :D

Pros: Staff Works hard

Cons: Not enough staff

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