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Building on a Fifty Year Legacy of Service -

Our Capital Campaign For a New Home

What We Plan To Do

On May 21, 2020, South Suburban Humane Society was awarded a $6,000,000 grant to cover 80% of the costs associated with building a new animal shelter campus.

The southern part of Cook County suffers from a severe lack of homeless animal holding space relative to the need. In order to expand our stray hold services to municipalities that need our support, we must have more shelter space. The plan we have developed with the Linden Group and RWE Design Build incorporates our need for more and better designed holding space more adoption space, and true medical isolation for animals with contagious medical conditions. It will allow for realization of our vision to become a comprehensive animal resource campus for south suburban communities. 

Animal shelters have evolved dramatically over the past twenty-five years and the progressive animal shelter evolution continues to this day. Our capital plan is focused upon three tenets:

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1) Reduce shelter stress, provide enrichment during animal stays, and move pets through the shelter system as quickly as possible.

2) Focus on the needs of the entire community and supporting people who love pets.

3) Create a warm and welcoming space that promotes volunteerism, adoption, fostering, humane education, and community financial support.


At every step of our design process, we have considered staff efficiency, the physical and mental health of the pets in our care, and human and pet safety. To that end, highlights of our New Home Project design are:

  • An Education and Training Room to support our humane education efforts and that will serve as a community meeting space

  • A well-planned Intake Department separate from adoption space with direct access to holding and isolation

  • Separate medical isolation with outdoor space

  • Several outdoor dog spaces including ones large enough for dog play groups and interior/exterior dog adoption space

  • Adoption and holding kennel rooms intentionally kept smaller to reduce stress and noise

  • Cat space separate from dogs to reduce their stress

  • Separate laundry spaces for isolation, cat bedding, and dog bedding

  • Double-sided housing for cleaning efficiency and dog health

  • 24-hour secure access for Cook County officials 

SSHS is focused upon the holistic pet needs of our communities. Relocating our various pet services to one campus will offer our community one-stop access to low cost pet resources.


Summer 2020: Contract negotiations with Cook County and the local zoning and permitting process. Due diligence to begin on the land.


Fall 2020: Groundwork continues, final plans are drawn based upon the level of fundraising achieved


April 2021: Groundbreaking Ceremony with all major donors invited to hold a shovel


January 2022: Grand Opening Ceremony with all donors and the community invited



The South Suburban Humane Society has a proven track record of housing animals in need, life-saving outcomes, fiduciary responsibility, and community presence. The New Home for SSHS Capital Campaign is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build upon our legacy of service and create a unique animal resource campus in the severely economically challenged south suburbs. We need your help to create an SSHS animal resource campus that will change the lives of pets and the people who love them.

1103 West End Ave.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411


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