Year in Review: 2021

Our Mission:

The mission of the South Suburban Humane Society is to protect and promote the well being of the pets and their people in our community and beyond.



  • 4033 pets came into our care

  • were adopted, transferred out to a rescue partner, or were strays reclaimed by their owner

  • Live Release Rate*: 94.1%


A shelter’s Live Release Rate is the number of live outcomes divided by the number of total outcomes.  At SSHS, we exclude Owner Intended Euthanasia from that total as it is a low-cost service we provide by appointment only to community members who could not otherwise afford humane euthanasia for their beloved pet.  SSHS gives every pet in our care the time and resources available to ensure a live outcome.  However, because we accept every pet brought to us through our animal control and police department contracts and we accept owner surrendered pets by managed admissions in various stages of health from neonatal kittens to seniors, a very small percentage of the pets in our care pass away or are humanely euthanized to end suffering or to ensure the safety of our communities.  In 2021:  1 pet was euthanized due to age-related reasons; 5 were euthanized due to severe aggression to other animals and/or people; 43 were euthaized due to unmanageable behavior; 112 were sick with an untreatable disease.