Mission & History

The Animal League is so much more than an animal shelter.

Mission Statement

The Animal League is an animal shelter and so much more. The mission of The Animal League is to enhance the lives of animals and people in our communities through education, awareness, adoption, and compassion. In particular we:

  • act for the community as an advocate on behalf of animals.
  • provide for the well-being of animals who are abandoned, injured, subjected to unfair or cruel treatment, or otherwise in need.
  • provide shelter for these animals.
  • maintain a “no kill” policy.
  • serve the citizens and animals of our community by sponsoring related public health programs and upholding the laws enacted for their protection.
  • educate the public on responsible pet ownership including prevention of over-population by spay and neutering.

Community Spotlight


The Animal League was established in 1988 to help the abused, abandoned, and neglected animals of Lake County. Started on a non-existent budget by a small group of animal lovers committed to a no-kill policy, the organization soon became an important presence in the growing South Lake area. Our organization places approximately 1,000 pets in loving homes each year.

The Animal League is known statewide for its many unique and heart-warming success stories. Every animal that comes into The Animal League’s care receives the best routine and specialized veterinary care, is spayed or neutered, and microchipped.

Since its inception The Animal League relied on a system of foster homes to handle the care, feeding, and socialization of the animals that come its way. While this system had certain advantages, it was always The Animal League’s goal to build a centralized permanent animal shelter adoption center to meet the challenges of a growing Lake County population. On October 9, 2010 the doors to The Animal League’s adoption center opened.

We rescue about 1,000 cats and dogs from euthanization every year. Upon arrival to our animal shelter, every pet is placed into our on-site New Hope Intake Center for a vet assessment and a quarantine period. Standard care includes a wellness exam by a vet, appropriate shots and vaccines, a registered microchip, preventative medicines, and a spay/neuter surgery. If, upon arrival, our vet determines a pet has a contagious disease or injury, the pet is transferred to our Loos Recovery Center, also on campus, for treatment. As we take in abandoned, abused and neglected pets, these diseases often include: upper respiratory infections, skin disease and severe parasites. We also take in broken bones, pregnancy, and musculoskeletal injuries. These cases are typically transferred to our in-home foster care units. Donors to the Sunshine Fund help us to afford these rescues.

The average cost of care for a pet with minimal medical needs entering our doors is $550. This does not include all of the major medical cases we bring in every month such as broken bones, skin disease, etc.

The Animal League receives no funding from the county, government, or taxpayers. The question often follows, “how can you save so many pets without funding?” The answer is simple. You.

Despite the remarkable growth and change over the years, The Animal League has never lost sight of its original goal – to maintain a no kill policy as it helps the abused, abandoned, and neglected animals in the community.