Meet Dr. Do More.

Every animal adopted from Heartland has been spayed or neutered and received up-to-date vaccinations before they are adopted. While adoption fees, donations, and other fundraising covers these expenses, there just isn’t funding in our budget to cover out of the ordinary expenses. The Dr. Do More fund was created to enable Heartland Animal Shelter to provide care for treatable animals that require specialized medical or behavioral care and rehabilitation. This helps us save more homeless pets within our service area, and those we would not otherwise have the resources to save.

Esther’s Tale

On March 27, 2007 our staff members met a three-month-old Spaniel/Dachshund mix puppy in need of rescue at Chicago Animal Care and Control. This puppy – who has since been named Esther – was born with backwards twisted front legs. As she sat alone in her cage with the saddest look in her eyes, we couldn’t just walk away and leave her behind. We knew the road ahead would not be easy, but we had faith that Heartland supporters would help us do what was needed to give Esther a second chance.

Dr. Claude Gendreau, DVM, one of the top veterinary orthopedic and neurosurgeons, agreed to perform the surgery at a reduced rate. Dr. Gendreau and his staff at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove quickly performed the surgeries before growth spurts could complicate the procedure and agreed to provide lifelong follow up care. Happily, Esther was adopted into a loving home and is a frequent guest at Heartland events where she is an inspiration to all!

The Dr. Do More Fund was originally created to help Heartland with the medical costs and therapy Esther would need before she could find her forever home, but over the years it has evolved and has allowed us to save and treat dozens of special needs animals.

Doing More with Dr. Do More

The Dr. Do More Fund is now used to help us “do more” when we need to help various animals that come into our shelter. Some recent examples include:

Mr. Bones was a sweet grey stray cat that was hit by a car and brought into Heartland for help. Because of the Dr. Do More Fund, the veterinarians and staff at Preiser Animal Hospital were able to repair Mr. Bones’ injuries and help him to recover. He was adopted before Christmas into his forever home.

When Survivor arrived at Heartland from a Kentucky rescue group something was not quite right. An examination revealed he had an arrowhead lodged in his spine. This sweet, loving six-year-old Spaniel/Setter mix has been adopted into his new home.

Gauge was a charming Beagle that came in as a stray. After he was admitted to Heartland, it was discovered that he had an injured jaw and that a pin that had been inserted in an earlier surgery needed to be repaired. Gauge is now doing well and has also been adopted.

Donate now!

If you would like to help Heartland “do more” for animals in the future, please donate below to the Dr. Do More Fund or send us a check with “Dr. Do More” in the memo line!


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