Humane Society Programs

All HSMC programs are coordinated by volunteers and funded by donations. Your generous support allows us to sustain and expand all our community-service programs. New members and volunteers are always welcome and encouraged.

Adoptables & Foster Program

The HSMC is a licensed rescue with the State of Illinois Department of Agriculture.  Lars Gossel, of Gossel’s Dog House, provides foster care for dogs that have problems adjusting to shelter life or who need more training and time to become adoptable.  Lars has fostered eight dogs for us over the last four years.  Once the dogs are ready to find their forever homes we promote them on our Facebook page; those interested in an HSMC foster dog can arrange for visits at Gossel’s Dog House:

Reduced-Cost Spay/Neuter Program

McDonough County Animal Shelter

The HSMC, while a separate entity from the McDonough County Animal Shelter, pays $35 of the spay/neuter cost for each qualifying animal adopted from this shelter.

We also provide for specialized medical care to shelter animals that is not covered by the County (e.g., heart worm treatment; dental care; amputations).

Transport Partnership with the Quincy Humane Society

The HSMC transported 39 barn and feral cats to the Quincy Humane Society on June 24th for spay/ neuter, 1-year rabies and distemper vaccine. The $25 per cat cost for the procedure and shots was sponsored by the HSMC to further our mission of  controlling the birth rate of barn and feral cats and providing for their good health.

Over the last couple of years these transports had been monthly and had included companion animals (for an additional fee).  However, at the present time, due to demand, future transports will be limited to barn and feral cats and animals rescued from the McDonough County Animal Shelter. McDonough County Shelter animals are a priority for this service in order to prevent their euthanization.  The remaining spaces are available for community members’ animals on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be reserved in advance.

Individuals have the option of contacting the Quincy Humane Society and making an appointment for their own animals.  Information is on their website at

The HSMC will plan for another transport in early Fall and will post the date in advance. For more information regarding future transports, please call the HSMC answering service at (309) 837-5611 and leave a message, or email us at

Animal Shelter Adoption Posters

Each week, dedicated volunteers take pictures of the animals available for adoption through the HSMC Foster Program and at the McDonough County Animal Shelter, create a poster and distribute the poster throughout the community. This wouldn’t be possible every week of every year without the never-ending dedication of the Poster Committee volunteers and a contribution from a local business for the printing. Updated photos of and information about all these adoptable animals can also be found on the HSMC website and Facebook page.

Pet Tag Machine

HSMC pet tag machines are located at Animal Medical Center and All Pets Veterinary Clinic, both in Macomb. Engraved pet tags are $6 each, with proceeds going to support our programs.

Angel Fund

Each year, a discretionary fund is allotted to all McDonough County veterinary clinics to assist animals in need of emergency services. It is the HSMC’s view that no animal should suffer because they have been injured while lost or when their owner cannot afford services. Participating clinics are All Pets Veterinary Clinic and Animal Medical Center, both in Macomb; Bushnell Veterinary Service; and Blandinsville Veterinary Clinic.

Shelter Cat Vaccine Fund

Currently, McDonough County provides specific vaccinations for dogs at the McDonough County Animal Shelter, but cannot provide specific life-saving vaccinations for cats. Through the Shelter Cat Vaccine Fund, the HSMC is able to pay for vaccinations to prevent the spread of disease and to help ensure the cats and kittens there have a chance for adoption.

Pet Food Pantry

The HSMC Pet Food Pantry helps to supplement pet food needs once a month for low-income McDonough County residents. For more information email:

Community Outreach

The HSMC provides McDonough County classrooms with the Humane Society of the United State’s publication, Kind News. This acclaimed publication teaches children about animal care and behavior with age-specific information. This service can be provided upon request, but only funds a limited number of classrooms. HSMC volunteers also staff booths at local events, such as Macomb’s Heritage Days and Earth Day, to provide information about our programs and education about companion animals, and are available to give presentations on these topics to area organizations.

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