Saving the lives of companion animals through
rescue, adoption, and spay/neuter

Transport Program

Saving the lives at-risk animals through strategic partnerships

TAILS_Humane_Society_transport_vehicleIn 2009, an open admission shelter from Oklahoma reached out to Tails Humane Society for help because they were inundated with homeless animals after a recent hoarding situations. Tails responded by renting a van to bring some of these dogs to Illinois.

This event launched the Tails transport program which partners with open admission shelters to save the lives of highly adoptable animals that are running out of time at over-crowded shelters. In the years since, Tails has acquired two transport vans, developed several new partnerships and saved thousands of lives.

mix_of_puppies_being_transportedSince this program began in 2009, we have transported over 6,200 animals that were at-risk for euthanasia due to the sad realty of pet over-population. Our transport program not only directly saves the lives of each animal we relocate, but also alleviates capacity constraints at the source shelter allowing other animals a better chance at adoption. This program relies on our incredible foster families. Learn more about the Foster Program.

A special thanks to these life saving partners:



With the start of the new year, we're thrilled to announce that we adopted 2,056 dogs, cats and little critters in 2016. These animals all came to us in need and because of YOU, we're here for them. To everyone who adopted, volunteered, fostered and donated to make this happen - thank you!


Tails recently received a $4,000 grant from the ASPCA in support of our 2017 Transport Program. This program partners with open-admission shelters and animal control agencies to transport dogs and puppies who are high risk for euthanasia due to space and resource limitations. Our network of amazing foster families open their homes to hundreds of dogs each year while they await their turn for adoption.

Thank you ASPCA for your support of this life-saving program!



Last updated 1/6/17