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Our Featured Columbia, IL Partner:

Helping Strays of Monroe County

4221 Hanover Rd.
Columbia, IL 62236
(618) 939-7389

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.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Monroe County, IL and surrounding communities

About Our Shelter:

We promote the humane care of all abandoned and stray animals in our community. We are a no-kill shelter. All of our pets leave the shelter for their forever homes micro-chipped, up to date on vaccines, and altered.

Founded in 2002, Helping Strays is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization supported entirely by donations.

Our lucky animals receive appropriate medical care, are featured on the Helping Strays website "adoption list" and are taken to several adoption events every month in an attempt to find permanent, loving homes.

Come Meet our Pets:

We welcome you to stop by our facility located at 4221 Hanover Road in Columbia, IL.

Monday Closed to the Public
Tuesdays Closed to the Public
Wednesday 10-2
Wednesday 11-7 (Summer Only)
Thursday 11-7
Friday 11-7
Saturday 11-6
Sunday 12-4

We have adoption events at PetSmart, throughout Monroe County and surrounding areas. Please check our website www.helpingstrays.org for additional event information.

Our Adoption Process:

You must complete an application.
To be considered as an adopter, you must:
· Be 21 years of age or older
· Have identification showing your present address
· Have the knowledge and consent of your landlord
· Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide medical treatment and proper care of the pet.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

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.