Shelter Medicine Program at Illinois

Pet Owners

Spay and Neuter Program

Our service provides low-cost spay/neuter services with the help of our shelter partners. Through a grant provided by PetSmart Charities, we were able to purchase a mobile surgical unit, allowing us to visit seven different communities in the region. Our mobile surgical unit comes completely stocked and staffed and ready to provide sterilization surgeries for eligible animals at least 2 lb and 8 weeks old. Most of our patients will be altered by our veterinary students with the assistance of a supervising veterinarian. This provides great experiences for our students, shelters, and pet owners. Additional services that may be available to ensure the animal’s health may include vaccinations, microchip placement, ear cleaning, and nail trims.

Our shelter partners determine eligibility based on specific criteria and will schedule your animal’s visit.

Community Medicine

Our team provides veterinary care to low-income families through the Community Medicine Program. Pet owners who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, State or Federally Funded Welfare Program, Medicaid, Social Security, SSI Disability, Unemployment, Non-Commissioned Active Military, or have suffered an extreme medical expense, loss of home due to natural disaster, or other hardship can now access veterinary care. Our goal is to drastically reduce the number of animals that are relinquished to shelters each year. Services provided include: preventative care (vaccines, flea/tick treatment, dewormer, microchips) and treatments of non-urgent matters. Through this service we can keep animals with their families long enough for them to identify a veterinarian in their area where follow-up and advanced care can be provided. Please contact one of our partner shelters to set up an appointment for your pet if you are eligible for our services.

Resources for Feral/Community Cats

According to statistics, more than 70 percent of cats who enter our nation’s animal control pounds and shelters are killed. Progressive shelters are recognizing that feral cats should not even enter a shelter in the first place. There are a number of programs nationwide to sterilize, vaccinate, and return or relocate (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, and Return—TNVR) cats that are unadoptable.

The Shelter Medicine Program at Illinois is happy to work with shelters to develop and implement a TNVR program. Relocation of unadoptable cats should be a last resort. However, when an unadoptable cat cannot be returned to its original environment, then relocation is a possibility.

Here are some links to outside organizations with information on management and relocation of community and feral cats:

 

 

To schedule an appointment for your pet, contact your nearest shelter

Shelter/OrganizationAddressPhone
Champaign County Animal Control210 South Art Bartell RD, Urbana, IL 61802217-384-3798
Coles County Animal Shelter6818 N CR 1120 E, Charleston, IL 61920217-345-4112
Dewitt County Animal Control5595 Weldon Springs Rd, Clinton, IL 61727217-935-3033
Hospice Hearts (HH)PO Box 91, Thomasboro, IL 61878708-921-9346
Humane Society of Danville (HSD)1225 N Collett ST, Danville, IL 61832217-446-4110
Iroquois County Animal Rescue (ICARE)100 NW Lincoln, Iroquois, IL 60945815-429-4028
Pet Central Helps! (PCH)360 Wylie, Normal, IL 61761309-846-9534
Second ChanceWeldon Springs Rd, Clinton, IL 61727217-935-3488
Vermilion County Animal Regulation (VCAR)14775 Catlin Tilton Rd, Danville, IL 61834217-431-2661
Wish Bone Canine Rescue (WBCR)2020 Bunn ST, Bloomington, IL 61701309-808-4477