Anderson Animal Shelter

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  • 1000 N La Fox St

    South Elgin, IL 60177

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  • 847-697-2880

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Sat-Sun 11am-4pm, Thu-Fri 24 Hours

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I went to the Anderson Animal Shelter today to look for a cat. I found one that I felt would be a nice addition to my family, but I couldn't take it home with me because it had not yet been microchipped. I made arrangements to pick up the cat tomorrow, but received a call later from the shelter telling me that I couldn't pick up the cat for 3 more days because their "house vet" hadn't yet examined the cat. The cat had been at the shelter for a month and hadn't been checked out by the vet yet??? Why was it in the area with the other cats and listed as adoptable??? Am I going to be stuck with a sick cat?

In their favor, the volunteers that helped me were very friendly and helpful and obviously cared for the cats, however the woman at the front desk seems to be lacking a personality. Also, they make you "qualify" for a pet before they even let you look at the animals. Because I was honest and said that I would declaw any cat that I adopted I was only allowed to consider cats that came to the shelter already declawed.

I'm just hoping and praying that the cat I chose is healthy and will adapt well to living in my home because if I return it to the shelter for any reason, I forfeit the adoption fee that I paid.

Bottom line: I will not be returning to the Anderson Animal Shelter to adopt any future pets.

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I went to the Anderson Animal Shelter today to look for a cat. I found one that I felt would be a nice addition to my family, but I couldn't take it home with me because it had not yet been microchipped. I made arrangements to pick up the cat tomorrow, but received a call later from the shelter telling me that I couldn't pick up the cat for 3 more days because their "house vet" hadn't yet examined the cat. The cat had been at the shelter for a month and hadn't been checked out by the vet yet??? Why was it in the area with the other cats and listed as adoptable??? Am I going to be stuck with a sick cat?

In their favor, the volunteers that helped me were very friendly and helpful and obviously cared for the cats, however the woman at the front desk seems to be lacking a personality. Also, they make you "qualify" for a pet before they even let you look at the animals. Because I was honest and said that I would declaw any cat that I adopted I was only allowed to consider cats that came to the shelter already declawed.

I'm just hoping and praying that the cat I chose is healthy and will adapt well to living in my home because if I return it to the shelter for any reason, I forfeit the adoption fee that I paid.

Bottom line: I will not be returning to the Anderson Animal Shelter to adopt any future pets.

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This shelter actually allows the adoption of black cats during the weeks leading up to Halloween . One year they even 'sold' them for half price!

The cats,and dogs seem to come second to their 'business' Which is why their incoming donations are much lower than other shelters. The money they received in donations last year narrowly covered their veterinarians salary alone. Check the BBB's website and do your homework before going to this shelter.

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This shelter actually allows the adoption of black cats during the weeks leading up to Halloween . One year they even 'sold' them for half price!

The cats,and dogs seem to come second to their 'business' Which is why their incoming donations are much lower than other shelters. The money they received in donations last year narrowly covered their veterinarians salary alone. Check the BBB's website and do your homework before going to this shelter.

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I volunteered for this shelter for a year and a half and they don't care about the animals whatsover. They try to run it like a business, not a shelter. The vet makes $89k and the Executive Director - Sandy Shelby makes about $65k. Check out their financial statement on the BBB website. Most of their expenses are for their own salaries. Also, they are thinking about euthanizing the dogs again. Especially Maggie - a pit mix who has been there for 3 years. She came in at only a few months old and since nobody has been interested, they want to kill her. She was my favorite. So loving. This is probably one of the worst shelters around, so please do NOT consider donating or volunteering.

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★☆☆☆☆

I volunteered for this shelter for a year and a half and they don't care about the animals whatsover. They try to run it like a business, not a shelter. The vet makes $89k and the Executive Director - Sandy Shelby makes about $65k. Check out their financial statement on the BBB website. Most of their expenses are for their own salaries. Also, they are thinking about euthanizing the dogs again. Especially Maggie - a pit mix who has been there for 3 years. She came in at only a few months old and since nobody has been interested, they want to kill her. She was my favorite. So loving. This is probably one of the worst shelters around, so please do NOT consider donating or volunteering.

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We adopted our dog, Dudley, from here and could not have been happier! It did take a while for someone to acknowledge us at the counter when we were ready to take our dog home, but it got done and he's awesome! The fee DID include the spay/neuter, micro-chip, and he was up to date on shots and we even got to take him to a vet of our choice from the list provided for a check-up for no charge within the first 30 days. Unfortunately, we've moved out of the area, so we will not be adopting another dog from here when it's time, but if we were we would definitely check them out to see if they have what we're looking for! We have never been pestered for donations (we adopted him a few years ago)-as part of the adoption process you get newsletters requesting items the shelter needs/money, you also get invitations for their fundraisers, but it wasn't excessive. It is also my understanding this is a low kill shelter-many animals are with foster families while getting healthy, being trained, what have you.

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★★★★★

We adopted our dog, Dudley, from here and could not have been happier! It did take a while for someone to acknowledge us at the counter when we were ready to take our dog home, but it got done and he's awesome! The fee DID include the spay/neuter, micro-chip, and he was up to date on shots and we even got to take him to a vet of our choice from the list provided for a check-up for no charge within the first 30 days. Unfortunately, we've moved out of the area, so we will not be adopting another dog from here when it's time, but if we were we would definitely check them out to see if they have what we're looking for! We have never been pestered for donations (we adopted him a few years ago)-as part of the adoption process you get newsletters requesting items the shelter needs/money, you also get invitations for their fundraisers, but it wasn't excessive. It is also my understanding this is a low kill shelter-many animals are with foster families while getting healthy, being trained, what have you.

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Having adopted a couple of cats from there and visiting there since, I feel that Anderson is a good shelter. As the adoptions took place about 18 years ago and the visits off and on ever since, the only reason I have would not adopt there again is the personnel. The ones behind the desk are downright unfriendly and rude. Since I am very outgoing and positive, I find it unbelievable that the response I get is that of a cold fish. One woman in particular comes to mind. She should be behind a computer never talking to anyone! Now we aren't allowed to even go back to see all the dogs. We have to fill out a form and be approved even if we aren't sure about what type of dog we would adopt. We believe in the premise that the dog picks us, not the other way around.

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★★★★☆

Having adopted a couple of cats from there and visiting there since, I feel that Anderson is a good shelter. As the adoptions took place about 18 years ago and the visits off and on ever since, the only reason I have would not adopt there again is the personnel. The ones behind the desk are downright unfriendly and rude. Since I am very outgoing and positive, I find it unbelievable that the response I get is that of a cold fish. One woman in particular comes to mind. She should be behind a computer never talking to anyone! Now we aren't allowed to even go back to see all the dogs. We have to fill out a form and be approved even if we aren't sure about what type of dog we would adopt. We believe in the premise that the dog picks us, not the other way around.

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A previous writer said that Anderson's adoption fee did not include spaying/neutering. All adoption fees include spay/neuter, annual vaccinations, microchip identification, heartworm and feline leukemia/FIV testing, deworming, collar and ID tag, leash for dogs and carrying case for cats. So the animal is up-to-date on everything when you adopt it.

We have adopted two dogs and a cat from Anderson, and we couldn't have been happier with any of them. They were very willing to help us decide on which animals best met our situation, and they obviously loved all their animals. The only time we are ever asked to donate money is through a newsletter we receive about every 3 months, so we aren't pestered with requests.

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A previous writer said that Anderson's adoption fee did not include spaying/neutering. All adoption fees include spay/neuter, annual vaccinations, microchip identification, heartworm and feline leukemia/FIV testing, deworming, collar and ID tag, leash for dogs and carrying case for cats. So the animal is up-to-date on everything when you adopt it.

We have adopted two dogs and a cat from Anderson, and we couldn't have been happier with any of them. They were very willing to help us decide on which animals best met our situation, and they obviously loved all their animals. The only time we are ever asked to donate money is through a newsletter we receive about every 3 months, so we aren't pestered with requests.

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I have adopted 2 cats from Anderson Animal Shelter. They are both healthy and loving pets. As in a previous review the building is a bit run down but the care the animals get inside is first rate. I watched as a worker gave a vaccine to some kittens, after the vaccine she gave each one a kiss and told them how good they were. There is a lot of love for animals in that rundown building! I would highly recommend this shelter.

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★★★★★

I have adopted 2 cats from Anderson Animal Shelter. They are both healthy and loving pets. As in a previous review the building is a bit run down but the care the animals get inside is first rate. I watched as a worker gave a vaccine to some kittens, after the vaccine she gave each one a kiss and told them how good they were. There is a lot of love for animals in that rundown building! I would highly recommend this shelter.

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I want to clarify...Anderosn is not a 'kill' shelter. It is a low kill shleter. This means they never put down dogs due to lack of space. The only reason they would put down a dog is if it was too aggressive to adopt out or it is so sick that a vet can't help it anymore. Dogs are rarely put down at this shelter.

I volunteer at Anderson and would recommend it as a place to adopt your pet. It may look a little run down, but that is due to lack of funds for a new building or building upgrades. It is not like not-for profits are rolling in the dough to make all of the upgrades they would like to make.

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★★★★☆

I want to clarify...Anderosn is not a 'kill' shelter. It is a low kill shleter. This means they never put down dogs due to lack of space. The only reason they would put down a dog is if it was too aggressive to adopt out or it is so sick that a vet can't help it anymore. Dogs are rarely put down at this shelter.

I volunteer at Anderson and would recommend it as a place to adopt your pet. It may look a little run down, but that is due to lack of funds for a new building or building upgrades. It is not like not-for profits are rolling in the dough to make all of the upgrades they would like to make.

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I was so disappointed when I was in search of a pet cat. This shelter smelled, looked very run down and the animals did not look all that healthy. They have very strict adoption policies (extensive waiting time) and were not the most polite people to deal with. They are also a "kill" shelter and are very intrusive with requesting donations. They also charge to spay or neuter the animal you may be adopting, whereas others come that way. I got the feeling they just wanted to milk me of money rather than get me a perfect pet or to save an animal.

Just wanted to add that this past week (9-5) the Geneva Sun reported that Andersen had to put down all their cats due to a rampant infection...

PROS: If you aren't picky and are very patient you could go here
CONS: Kill shelter, charge for everything

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I was so disappointed when I was in search of a pet cat. This shelter smelled, looked very run down and the animals did not look all that healthy. They have very strict adoption policies (extensive waiting time) and were not the most polite people to deal with. They are also a "kill" shelter and are very intrusive with requesting donations. They also charge to spay or neuter the animal you may be adopting, whereas others come that way. I got the feeling they just wanted to milk me of money rather than get me a perfect pet or to save an animal.

Just wanted to add that this past week (9-5) the Geneva Sun reported that Andersen had to put down all their cats due to a rampant infection...

PROS: If you aren't picky and are very patient you could go here
CONS: Kill shelter, charge for everything

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I would always recommend adopting an animal before buying one, there are so many in shelters that need homes! We adopted our first dog through Andersons. They have a lot of volunteers on hand to help answer questions and to take care of the animals, and they are always looking for more volunteers. They have many adoptable dogs and cats. There is an open room for the cats to roam around in, though there are some kept seperate in kennels. There is a seperate room for dogs, each is kept in a pen with a door for outside access. If you want to spend time with a dog, they will bring the dog outside for you to get a better idea of the personality away from all the noise of the shelter.

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★★★★☆

I would always recommend adopting an animal before buying one, there are so many in shelters that need homes! We adopted our first dog through Andersons. They have a lot of volunteers on hand to help answer questions and to take care of the animals, and they are always looking for more volunteers. They have many adoptable dogs and cats. There is an open room for the cats to roam around in, though there are some kept seperate in kennels. There is a seperate room for dogs, each is kept in a pen with a door for outside access. If you want to spend time with a dog, they will bring the dog outside for you to get a better idea of the personality away from all the noise of the shelter.

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