Meet Dr. Do More.

Every animal adopted from Heartland has been spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before they are adopted. While adoption fees cover these expenses, there just isn’t funding in our budget to cover extraordinary expenses as a non-profit organization with limited resources. 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 that we would not otherwise have the resources to save.

If you would like to make a general donation for animals in need of the Dr. Do More Fund’s assistance, please do so below.

The Start of the Dr. Do More Fund – 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 was later named 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 hundreds of special needs animals.


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