About Us

About HSLC


The corporate mission is to:

Prevent the cruelty, abuse and neglect of animals

Promote the proper placement of animals through adoption

Work toward the solution of pet overpopulation

Educate the public about the humane treatment of animals

Aid in the return of lost animals to their owners


On April 14, 2006 the Humane Society of Logan County was chartered as a not-for-profit (501c3) organization.  The Humane Society of Logan county does not receive federal, state, or local tax dollars.  In addition to nominal annual membership dues and fund raising activities, the HSLC relies heavily on donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations who also have a commitment to animal welfare.  All donations are tax deductible. The HSLC does not belong to any national organizations so 100% of all donations are used for animals of Logan County.

HSLC has a membership of over 200 individuals.  All of these individuals support the organization financially and many volunteer as personal schedules allow.

Program Overview

Operation of an Animal Shelter:In 2011, HSLC realized our long term goal to operate a shelter for homeless animals in Logan County, IL. We received a very generous gift of 2.5 acres of land along old Route 66 from the Burwell family. Funds were also received from the Ethel Hoeslscher Trust.  In partnership with LTEC, building trades at LCHS, construction on the shelter began August 30, 2010 and was completed in May, 2011. We will be a low kill shelter.  This means we will euthanize animals only in extreme situations involving serious illness or injury, when it is determined that such action is the most humane treatment.



Sunday: Closed

Monday: Closed

Tuesday:       10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Closed for Lunch 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Wednesday:  10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Closed for Lunch 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Thursday:      10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Closed for Lunch 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Friday:            10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Closed for Lunch 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Saturday:       10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Closed for Lunch 1:00pm – 1:30pm


Adoption:HSLC follows established criteria for the successful placement of animals that have been relinquished to HSLC. From 2006-2010 we placed a total of 53 cats and 51 dogs for adoption. In 2011, due to the opening of our shelter, we were able to place for adoption 32 cats and 33 dogs.

Foster Homes: Even though our shelter is operating, we are fortunate to have committed foster homes. The foster homes provide temporary placement for animals that require special care and training as they are waiting to be adopted into a forever home. Some of these animals have been relinquished by their owners for various reasons, some are about to be euthanized, but all are in need of love, a family and a second chance. HSLC will provide the family with food, veterinary care, necessary supplies and ongoing contact and aid.

Spay/Neuter Clinic:Transportation is provided every month for dogs and cats to a spay/neuter clinic at a nominal cost to their owners. HSLC facilitates over 350 low cost spay/neuters a year.

Pet Food Pantry:HSLC offers a pet food pantry to pet food owners who need assistance to keep their pets. We have been able to provide approximately 3600 pounds of pet food to help owners keep their pets.

Veterinary Expense Assistance:Assistance with veterinary expenses for pet owners in true need is also available through HSLC.

Humane Investigator Corps:HSLC sponsors seven (7) Humane Investigators that are licensed by the State of Illinois to investigate reports of animal neglect, abuse and cruelty. The main objective of the investigators is to educate pet owners as to the best way to care for their pets.

Mary Dowdel - Manager

mary dowdel smallOn December 24, 2013 Mary Dowdel assumed the position of manager of the Humane Society of Logan County’s Shelter. Mary has been a dedicated volunteer at the Shelter  for the last two years and served a year as a member of the HSLC Board of Directors.

Mary had a career with GTE and raised 5 children and now has turned her sights on helping pets in Logan County find forever homes.

Mary has 2 cats at home but does like dogs too. She said she is always on the go so cats made more sense than dogs who need more daily attention than a cat does.

Mary feels the biggest challenge running the shelter will be to coordinate the many volunteers who work at the shelter to make sure tasks are always covered. If you are interested in volunteering at the Shelter, please give Mary a call 217.737.4042 and she will sign you up.

HSLC Shelter

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

The HSLC SHELTER at 1801 East Lincoln Parkway has lively, adorable kittens, puppies and young adult cats and dogs ready for adoption.

The successful operation of the HSLC shelter going forward will depend on the dedication and willingness of our volunteers.

We will need your help every day of the year.

Caring for abandoned, abused and neglected dogs and cats is a huge responsibility.

Committee Meetings

COMMITTEE MEETINGS: All members and the general public are welcome at any scheduled committee meeting or board meeting.

Anyone wishing to speak in front of the Board must submit their request to be included on the agenda to Ellen Burbage at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fund Raising Committee Meeting Marsha Brown, Chairman, 217.735.2108
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 6:30 PM
HSLC Shelter, 1801 East Lincoln Parkway, Lincoln, IL

Board of Directors Meeting, Ellen Burbage, President, 217.732.4084
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 , 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
ALMH, Steinfort Room, 200 Stahlhut Drive, Lincoln, IL
The HSLC Board Meetings are open to the public.
Anyone wishing to speak in front of the Board must submit their request to be included on the agenda to Ellen Burbage at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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