Building a compassionate community
through the care of companion animals

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:



Tails is Hiring!

We are hiring for Animal Care Techs. If you enjoy interacting with animals, cleaning, giving medications and working as part of a great team, then this is the job for you! Please send your resume to Jon at

We are also hiring a Dog Trainer and Dog Training Assistant. Must be available evenings and weekends. For questions or to apply for these positions, please email Michelle at

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Voting is now open for the 2017 DeKalb County’s Finest Businesses. If you’ve enjoyed any of the dog training classes that Tails provides, please vote for us in the Pet Trainer category!

Last updated 6/12/17