History and Mission

Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) is a non-profit, limited admission animal shelter accepting cats and dogs. Our shelter can house as many as eighteen dogs and forty cats.

Each animal is tenderly cared for at NAHS. Entering a shelter can be stressful or possibly even terrifying to some cats and dogs. Our dedicated and highly trained staff and volunteers offer compassionate care to each animal and work to address his or her individual needs.

The staff works diligently to match the needs of each pet with a family eager to adopt a dog or cat. While at NAHS, all animals receive basic vaccinations as well as medical care. All animals are neutered or spayed before being released to their new owners. In addition, dogs’ temperaments are thoroughly assessed before being made available for adoption.

Unfortunately, there continues to be far too many cats and dogs needing help in our society. Since we cannot solve this overwhelming problem ourselves, we have evolved our approach to the homeless animal crisis to include innovative community service initiatives, such as humane education and a behavior helpline, while we continue to re-home animals.

In 1979, a group of caring citizens dedicated themselves to helping homeless companion animals in their community. They created the Naperville Humane Society and fostered animals in their homes until permanent homes could be found. Wishing to serve more people and animals, this group solicited the financial support of the community and built a 3,500 square foot shelter in 1988.

After 25 years and more than 20,000 animals served, the Board of Directors changed the name of the organization to more accurately reflect the population we serve. In January of 2005 the name was officially changed to Naperville Area Humane Society. This new name more accurately reflects the areas we serve.  NAHS is a 501(c)3 organization.  Our tax exempt number is 363040480.

Mission Statement
To promote the humane treatment of companion animals and create lasting human-animal bonds.

Vision Statement
To engage people to compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world.

Our Values
To deliver services to our community that reflect our integrity, respect, compassion and joy for all people and animals.

Our Strategies
In order to achieve our vision we will strive to achieve these strategic objectives:

  • To improve the quality of life for animals through relationships with people
  • To improve the quality of life for people through relationships with animals

Volunteer Philosophy Statement
Volunteers and staff work together to provide a level of service and care to the organization that would be otherwise impossible. Volunteers bring unique talents, skills and knowledge which allow staff to concentrate on the work for which they are trained. The volunteers and staff infuse the organization with energy and passion allowing all of us to accomplish the organization’s mission.