The South Suburban Humane Society was founded in 1971 in order to serve the animal welfare needs of the entire south suburban Chicago region. Since November 1973, the organization has operated a 10,000 square foot open-door animal shelter in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
For over forty years, the South Suburban Humane Society has helped tens of thousands of animals. From its roots as a small group of volunteers to today’s organization comprising volunteers and paid employees, the organization was responsible for nearly 6,000 animals in 2009. In addition to animal sheltering and adoptions, our extensive outreach programs include humane education, abuse investigations, and community outreach events. We also operate two resale shops located in Steger, Illinois and Chicago Heights, Illinois that promote our organization, our animals and provide income to support our humane work.
Your support is needed and you can help in many ways. You can donate directly to the shelter using our donate link to the left. You can also show your support by purchasing SSHS branded items at our CafePress store.