Heartland Animal Shelter has been saving lives of homeless pets since 2002.

Dr. Herbert Preiser, DVM and founder of Heartland Animal Shelter, wanted to make a difference by saving the lives of pets who might otherwise be euthanized due to overpopulation. Driven to make a change, Dr. Preiser opened Heartland Animal Shelter in October of 2002.

Heartland’s staff and volunteers are committed to giving our pets everything they need to be healthy and loved.

Heartland rescues pets from various situations and each pet arrives with their own unique needs. Some of our pets require medical care, some require emotional support, some require behavioral help, and all require good old TLC (Tender Loving Care). Heartland’s staff and volunteers are committed to giving our pets everything they need to be healthy, to be the best they can be, and most importantly to feel loved. Heartland asks for your support by spreading the word about the importance of why pets should be spayed or neutered in order to prevent overpopulation of cats and dogs. Together we can make a difference!

Our Mission

Heartland Animal Shelter provides excellent and life-saving care to the most  vulnerable dogs and cats until we find them good homes. Through progressive  programs, outreach, and collaborative partnerships, we also work to keep all companion animals with their families.

Our Vision

Heartland is building a humane community where pets and people thrive together in Chicagoland and beyond.

Our Values

-Viewing the general public, staff members and volunteers as partners in improving the lives of the dogs and cats in our care, and supporting our mission

-Upholding no kill standards

-Nurturing the human-companion animal bond through education

-Ensuring that we help the dogs and cats which have no other opportunity for a live outcome

-Respect and compassion for all animals

Our Partners



When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you save two lives. The animal you adopt and the one that replaces him.