Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
To prevent cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare, to educate the public about the humane care and treatment of animals, to increase public awareness of the companion animal overpopulation issue and to provide solutions, and to provide high quality shelter, medical, and adoption services for animals when necessary.
As an independent charitable organization (501(c)(3)), our name reflects our geographic location only. We are not a County agency and we are not supported by tax dollars. We are not affiliated with any national animal welfare organization.
We operate an "open door" animal shelter and accept all companion animals needing shelter, regardless of age, physical condition, or adoptability.
■Executive Director - Mary "Tief" Tiefenbrunn - Tief@cuhumane.org
■Development Director - Megan Wolf - Megan@cuhumane.org
■Development Assistant - Nancy Nickell – Nancy@cuhumane.org
■Bookkeeper - Marlene Walker - Marlene@cuhumane.org
■Shelter Manager - Michelle McKnight - Michelle@cuhumane.org
■Humane Investigator/Educator - Clay Foley - Clay@cuhumane.org
■Animal Behavior Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator - Danielle Bender - Danielle@cuhumane.org
■Medical Care Supervisor - Karen Simmons - Karen@cuhumane.org
■Medical Lab Staff - Lab@cuhumane.org
■Staff Veterinarian - Bob Weedon, DVM - Bob@cuhumane.org
■Surgical Assistant - Lauren Williams
■Adoption Leader - Kate McGinley - Kate@cuhumane.org
■Adoption Staff - Adoption@cuhumane.org
■Animal Care Staff - Animalcare@cuhumane.org
Shelter Hours for Animal Adoptions
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 2 PM to 7 PM
Saturday and Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM
Check Calendar for special holiday hours.
Shelter Hours for Relinquishing an Animal
Relinquishments are accepted on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday from 2pm - 4pm. Saturday & Sunday from 11am - 1pm. For more information on policies and procedures please read Surrendering Your Pet to CCHS.
If you are unable to relinquish your animal during these times, please call to set up an appointment.
■ After you decide on the pet you wish to adopt, you must complete our adoption application available at the front desk. There is a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before a pet can go to a new home.
■ You must be 21 years of age or older to adopt an animal.
■ All cats and dogs will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
■ Animals must be taken to a veterinarian for a health exam within one week after adoption.
■ If you rent or lease your house or apartment, we require written or verbal approval from your landlord before you adopt a pet.
■ We will not adopt an animal to a person or family who is either in the process of moving or is planning to move within a month of the adoption.
■ Animals are placed as pets or companions only. We do not place cats as "barn cats" or "mousers" and dogs are not placed as strictly guard or protective animals.
■ No animal will be adopted that will be kept strictly outside.
■We do not adopt animals as gifts or presents. All members of the household must meet the animal during the adoption process.
■ If you are interest in a large dog (over 40 pounds), we suggest a fenced-in yard where the animal cannot get off your property. It is the law in Champaign-Urbana and in most outlying townships that your dog must be confined or on a leash at all times.
■ We do not suggest young puppies or kittens for a family with very young children or in a situation where all family members are gone for long periods each day.
■ If, at any time, you can no longer care for your pet, you are required to return the pet to the CCHS shelter or the closest humane society.
■ CCHS reserves the right to refuse any adoption.
■ Dogs: $95 - $150
■ Cats: $50 - $100
■ Kittens and puppies under five months of age: $100 - $150
■ Small mammals, exotics, and birds: Prices range from $5 on up.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.