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About Us

Our History
Since its incorporation, the MEHS has worked diligently to improve the lives of animals. It started with the Madison County Coalition Against Pound Seizure, which formed in 1985 to lobby for an end to County Animal Control's practice of selling animals to laboratories for research. After the coalition successfully put an end to that practice, the group's leaders formed what is now the Metro East Humane Society and incorporated in 1986. MEHS leased space in the county facility until September 1995, when we opened our own shelter at 8495 State Route 143, Edwardsville, IL. We currently serve a 5-county area in southwestern Illinois, offering an adoption program for homeless animals and the only licensed animal abuse/neglect investigator in the area.


Our Mission
The mission of Metro East Humane Society is to enrich lives by uniting cats and dogs with loving homes while promoting the humane and respectful treatment of animals. To achieve our mission, we...

  • Staff and support a "no-kill" animal shelter dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for cats and dogs;
  • Provide humane medical treatment, vaccinations, and spay/neuter services to shelter animals in need;
  • Promote the education of adults and youth on the humane treatment of animals, including responsible pet ownership and population control measures;
  • Value and encourage partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, public institutions, private corporations, and elected officials; and
  • Respect the public trust through the proper management of our resources.
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