Paws Up Projects

Naperville Area Humane Society

About the Organization:

The Naperville Area Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit limited admission animal shelter for dog and cat adoption, foster care, and owner surrenders serving the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Our mission is to promote the humane treatment of companion animals and create lasting human-animal bonds.

Fun Fact:

In 1979, a group of caring citizens dedicated themselves to helping homeless companion animals in their community. They created the Naperville Humane Society and fostered animals in their homes until permanent homes could be found. Wishing to serve more people and animals, this group solicited the financial support of the community and built a 3,550 square foot shelter in 1988.

After 43 years and more than 20,000 animals served, the Board of Directors changed the name of the organization to more accurately reflect the population we serve. In January of 2005 the name was officially changed to Naperville Area Humane Society. This new name more accurately reflects the areas we serve. In 2021 we completed our shelter expansion project which increased our square footage to 8,150.

Proposed Project: Cat & Dog Fosters Needed

Project Description:

1. Our number one need is always clumping and non clumping litter! You can view our wish list for more items to do a donation drive.

2. We would love to mail out thank you postcards to our donors and volunteers. We would love for those cards to have an adoptable pet drawn or painted on the front of it with their name, get creative and have fun with it. Photos of our animals can be viewed on our website under OR https://

3. We need fosters! Foster families provide a loving, temporary home to animals who aren’t quite ready for adoption. A home environment is much less stressful on pets versus the shelter environment and it allows us to learn more about the personality and habits of each animal. To learn more and fill out our foster application click here: https://

4. Fundraising! We love when you get creative with ideas and can help raise funds AND awareness at the same time. ie. Lemonade stands at your brother or sisters baseball game.