Heartland Pet Welfare, Inc. is a not-for-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to finding loving, quality homes for each cat in it's care. Our shelter strives to create an environment which embraces both awareness of and support for the humane treatment of animals.
Located in Savanna, Illinois HeartlandPet Welfare was founded in 1999 and we have owned the property we are currently at since 2005. When we celebrated 5 years of building ownership Michael Miller with Prairie Advocate News wrote an article about our celebration and our history. The article can be found online here.
We are funded by private donations and grants. We supplement our funding by holding bake sales, garage sales, and breakfasts. We also receive cat food donated from Purina and discounts from Ambassador Animal Hospital in Clinton, Iowa where we primarily take the cats for their routine checkups and for as needed medical attention.
Heartland Pet Welfare works closely with PetSmart in Davenport, Iowa. We have been partnered with their PetSmart Charities program since 2009, and it has been a wonderful and beneficial experience for both our cats looking for homes and our organization. Each year we participate in PetSmart Charities' quarterly National Adoption Event, and we also have cats available for adoption at the Davenport PetSmart location throughout the year on a shared rotation with other area shelters. In 2011, we started working with PetSmart in Sterling, Illinois. We are very excited and happy to be working with both the Davenport and Sterling PetSmart locations! New this year, we will also be partnering with the PetSmart in Dubuque. For a full list of dates that our cats looking for their forever homes will be at these locations, please see our PetSmart Events page here.
Our shelter is run entirely by volunteers, and they are very much appreciated by both our organization and the kitties.
Sue Gerlach - President Dorothy Hermann & Elaine Shanks - Co-Vice Presidents Sarah Fritz - Treasuer Elmer Gerlach Bill Hilgendorf Joan Atherton Robyn Lovett