Today the dedicated staff and more than 300 volunteers of the Hinsdale Humane Society (HHS) find forever homes for over 800 animals a year. In 1953, when a group of six women founded HHS, the first Humane Society in DuPage County, there was only a lowly “dog pound” with no heat or hot water. The ladies worked diligently to establish a place where animals would be treated well.
The building, shown here at the 1959 dedication, has been expanded several times over the years. The services at HHS have expanded as well, and the Society offers several pet therapy programs, including Pet-a-Pet, which sends animals into nursing homes and retirement communities, R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs), plus programs at Adventist Paulson Pediatric Rehabilitation Center and the Behavioral Evaluation Unit at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
HHS is kicking off its 60th anniversary celebration with a free, community-wide BBQ Birthday Bash on August 24 from noon to 2 p.m. at the shelter, 22 N. Elm Street in Hinsdale.
-Photograph courtesy of the Hinsdale Humane Society.