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Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County

1001 Taintor Rd., Springfield, IL 62702

Phone (217) 544-7387
cats & dogs at Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County

Areas Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County serves

90 mile radius of Springfield and beyond. Most often Sangamon County, Montgomery County, Morgan County, Logan County, and Tazewell County

Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County's adoption process


Visit the Facility and Find a Pet

People can put an application in on an animal they see online and we are currently encouraging this with COVID


Submit Application

This is online


Approve Application

This is interchangeable with meet the pet but because of COVID it is happening before we have them make an appointment to save time


Meet the Pet

if they haven't already


Sign Adoption Contract


Pay Fee

This is done at the same time as the adoption contract


Take the Pet Home

Additional adoption info

We do do vet checks and landlord checks off the adoption application

Adoption application

About Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County

For over 60 years, the Animal Protective League has been the voice for animals in Springfield and Sangamon County. APL operates a limited admission animal shelter and a high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic along with comprehensive animal-welfare programs. APL is a private, not-for-profit organization and operates primarily by donations.

​APL's limited admission animal shelter prioritizes intake by sick, injured, abused and abandoned dogs and cats. APL strives to match animals with carefully screened, loving, permanent owners. All animals leave our shelter spayed or neutered, microchipped, and with all age appropriate vaccinations. Over 2000 deserving dogs and cats are placed in homes every year! APL also has an active group of foster families who provide interim homes until space is available at our shelter.

​APL's Spay/neuter clinic performs over 12,000 spay/neuter surgeries every year. In addition to the public, we work with other animal shelters, animal control agencies and animal welfare groups within a 30-mile radius of Springfield. Our free transport system picks up animals from various locations and transports them to our facility for surgery and then returns the animals the following day. This allows many other organizations to have access to low-cost spay/neuter services for their own animals as well as animals in their communities. We currently work with 31 partners in 18 surrounding counties.


The Animal Protective League is a non-profit 501C(3) organization dedicated to caring for ill, injured and abused homeless animals and coordinating the adoption of those animals by responsible pet owners. It further is commited to ending companion animal overpopulation by offering high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services.

Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County's adopted pets

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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.