Building a compassionate community
through the care of companion animals


Find your next best friend,
adopt a shelter pet today!


Beat the heat,
Make your pet’s appointment today!

Dog Training

Positive reinforcement training for pets!
A well trained dog is a happy dog.

Mutt Strut 5K

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Adoptable Dogs

Adoptable Cats

Many Ways to Help

We need you and so do the animals! At Tails, we offer a variety of exciting opportunities designed to provide the best quality of life for homeless animals in our care. There are opportunities to work directly with our animals or you can support us behind the scenes. There is something for everyone age 5 years and up!

Get Involved

Mutt Strut 5K Registration is Open

Registration is open! Join us on Saturday, Sept. 14 for Mutt Strut. This dog-friendly 5K run/walk-a-thon benefits the over 2,900 animals cared for each year at Tails Humane Society. The race route follows the DeKalb Nature Trail, beginning and ending at beautiful Hopkins Park. Learn more!

Barks, Boots and Brews

Join us for the Barks, Boots and Brews party on Sunday, October 13 from 2:30-6:30 at Two Brothers Roundhouse (205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505)! Come out and enjoy an afternoon of fun with great drinks, exciting prize raffles, a 50/50 raffle and very special musical guests, Thirsty Boots Band acoustic and Back Country Roads. Proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit the animals at both City of Aurora IL Animal Care and Control and Tails Humane Society. Each $35 ticket includes admission to the show and one free drink! Hurry, tickets are limited and this event will sell out fast! To purchase tickets for Barks, Boots and Brews, please click here.

Now Hiring: Veterinarian

Veterinarian: Tails Humane Society in DeKalb Illinois is seeking a part time Veterinarian who will be dedicated to providing care to shelter animals, herd health management and disease prevention.  This position is also responsible for high quality/volume public and shelter animal spay/neuter surgeries as well as other surgical procedures.. Qualified applicants can email their resume to Michelle at For more information or to view the job description, please click here.

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Happy Tails

What a handsome boy! Rosco was adopted from a Tails Humane Society adoption event back in March of 2012. His adopter Lynda recently sent us this wonderful update on her sweet 7 year old pup. Congratulations on an amazing 7 years and many more to come for Rosco and his family!

Thank you for adopting and giving these pets a wonderful home! We love to see and hear how our alums are doing, please send pictures and updates to

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Tails is 100 % donor and service funded. We rely on support from our community to accomplish this life saving work.