Working Together

The HSMC is a completely separate organization from the McDonough County Animal Shelter, but the HSMC
assists the animals at the shelter by:
• promoting the adoption of homeless pets at the shelter
• contributing $35 toward the spay/neuter of qualifying animals adopted from the shelter
• facilitating rescues from the shelter
The HSMC has increased spay/neuters and saved lives that would otherwise have been lost. We do not believe
a loyal companion should be euthanized simply because: their family could no longer care for them; they were
too old; or any number of other reasons perfectly fine animals end up at a shelter.


Over the last year, as a licensed rescue, we pulled 19 dogs and 89 cats when their two months maximum time was
up for staying at the Shelter, and placed them in foster homes or rescues. The individuals who have opened up their
homes and lives to give these animals a chance to find their forever homes are indeed very special people. You
realize what animal rescue and humane society work are all about when you see how a cat or dog gains trust in her
environment and confidence in herself once she’s in a foster home, or see the smile on a dog’s face and wag of his
tail when he’s with his owner once he’s been adopted. There’s nothing that can beat bearing witness to the amazing
transition of an animal who has been lost or neglected, or left at the shelter for reasons outside its control. We thank
those foster parents and adopters for making this happen.

HSMC 30th Anniversary Celebration!

Yes! The HSMC has been fulfilling its mission for 30 years, thanks to the generosity of our citizens when it comes
to helping individual animals with medical needs and in supporting programs that serve the greater McDonough
County community and its animals. This last year, Balto, the Huskie with heartworm, benefitted from a Facebook
and Ritz fundraiser, as well as from ongoing treatment by Dr. Loop and the loving care provided by his foster
parents. Rosie, the senior Boxer who was at the shelter with a nasty tumor on her eye, had the tumor removed, as
well as a few bad teeth, thanks to Dr. Blakeley, after an article in The Voice raised more than enough money to
cover her expenses.

2015 Wine Whiskers & Whimsy

Save the date for the 2015 Wine Whiskers & Whimsy Event on Saturday, June 13 • 5-7 pm! Please join us at Sullivan Taylor’s Hall for a fun evening with hors d’oeuvres, beverage, live music by The Blenders, and our silent auction.

All donations benefit local cats and dogs in need through the programs sponsored by the Humane Society of McDonough County:

  • Rescue & Foster
  • The Angel Fund
  • County Animal Sehlter Adoptions
  • Spay & Neuter
  • Cat Vaccines

Urgent Plea for New Home for Spunky and Boo Boo

Richard Lawyer is in hospice and his daughters Patti and Shirley are trying to find a home for his two male cats. The cats have been together for many years and Patti and Shirley are trying to honor their dad’s wishes of keeping them together if possible, but also of finding them a home. They both live in Texas, and it isn’t possible for them to take the cats.

The Siamese, Spunky, is around 8 years of age and the orange cat, Boo Boo, is 10 or so. Boo Boo likes to stay inside more than Spunky, who likes both inside and out. They are very spoiled cats and very friendly. Richard, their “dad” loves cats and Spunky and Boo Boo were used to sleeping with him. Both cats are neutered.

If you are interested in giving Spunky and Boo Boo their new forever home, or can assist by providing foster care, please contact Patti Lawyer at 210-275-0572; . Shirley is in Macomb until April 10th.and can be reached at 713-742-3995. The daughters have a short time frame for placing their dad’s cats and are seeking our assistance with these sweet boys.


Cats need homes by March 25th. Can you help?

UPDATE…Blaze and Frozen have been adopted!

Blaze is one of the friendliest cats around. He’s around 3 years old. This orange boy will be your buddy for years to come.

Frozen is a special boy. He is a senior cat that is FIV+. However, many cats with FIV live normal lives. Frozen nearly died being outside in January. He’s improving with meds. He is a wonderful cat. Frozen should be an only cat.


Female Boxer Mix to rehome

Jane is being fostered by the Humane Society. Please contact us if you are interested in giving this beautiful girl her forever home!

JaneDue to medical issues we are spending a lot of time at a hospital and are so sad to do this, but are looking for a loving home for our dog Jane (4 year female boxer pit bull mix). She is house trained, loves walks, snuggling under blankets, and just loves being around people. She had a rough life before we adopted her over a year ago. She does have issues with other dogs sometimes, but she has been around other dogs and our cat. Please help us find a home for this loving dog.

Contact info: Will Wetzel

Cats need homes now!

All three of these cats have found their forever homes!!!

The HSMC is pleased to announce that we have sponsorship for these three cats; Oddy, Al, and Annabelle whose time is up at the McDonough County Animal Shelter on February 26th. Thanks to the generosity of an HSMC member, the HSMC can reimburse $30 of the regular adoption fee of $60 (+$12 microchip fee). This offer is only good on Oddy, Al, and Annabelle. If one of these three cats is a cat you would like to adopt, you will have to complete the adoption process at the McDonough County Animal Shelter, including the $60 adoption fee plus $12 microchip fee. Upon adoption of a cat from the shelter you get a coupon for spay/neuter services at the veterinarian clinics in Macomb, Bushnell, or Blandinsville. Once Oddy, Al, or Annabelle has visited one of these vet clinics and completed his or her spay/neuter, contact the HSMC (837-5611) or mail a copy of the adoption contract to HSMC, PO Box 7, Macomb IL 61455 and we will send you the $30 reimbursement. These are three very nice cats who deserve a second chance.

Oddy is and beautiful black domestic short haired boy and not quite one year old. He is a playful friendly guy who likes toys and people.

Al is a white and tabby domestic long hair and around 8 months old. He has beautiful long hair on his chest. He like attention and purrs as soon as someone picks him up.

Annabelle is a torie/calico short haired girl and 3-4 years old. She has beautiful markings you must really see in person. If you like cats that purr, Annabelle is your girl.

Please visit the McDonough County Animal Shelter at 101 E. Tower Road in Macomb, IL. Hours are 11-5 Monday thru Friday and Saturday 10-12. The phone number is 309-837-2989.


March 12-13th Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Transport

The Humane Society of McDonough County has scheduled a low-cost spay/neuter transport to the Quincy Humane Society for March 12-13, 2015. There are limited openings available, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Send your request with your contact information (phone, address, e-mail) and number of cats or dogs you wish to send on the transport, with the desired service. Please specify whether a cat is a companion cat ($40) or a barn/feral cat ($25). A pit bull/pit bull mix is $40. Other dogs are $55 for a male and $65 for a female. The fee includes spay/neuter and vaccinations. The Humane Society will apply a $25 discount to the above fees per animal.

Please send your request to Meghan Krase at
She will provide procedural and additional services/cost information to you.