Can you spare 2 hours of your time once a week? 

HSLC volunteers care for our dogs and cats until they go to a forever home.

We are in need of volunteers at the shelter to help us with the dogs and cats.

We will train you.

You will work as a team with other caring and generous volunteers who graciously give of their time to clean and socialize the dogs and cats.

We volunteer 7 days a week.

You will get to know and love our dogs and cats and rejoice with us when they go to their new forever homes.  That’s really what it’s all about.

Call (217-737-4042) or come into the shelter and fill out a volunteer application. Fulfilling our mission is dependent on our dedicated volunteers.

We can’t do this without you.

Volunteer Spotlight: Victoria Padilla

Victoria Padilla
Roku, Bumi, and Appa

Victoria is an Atlanta, IL resident. She has been volunteering with HSLC for two years. Victoria wears many hats for HSLC! Her and her husband, Josh, work the 8 am Sunday morning shift with the dogs. They clean the indoor kennels and play with the dogs outside. Victoria is a member of the HSLC Board of Directors. She also helps with fundraisers and is now the publisher of our bi-monthly newsletters.

Victoria said the best part of volunteering is being part of something bigger than herself. Giving her time, energy, and love to animals that deserve a loving and forever home fills her with purpose. When she gets notified of an animal adoptions, it makes all the work worth it!

Victoria and Josh have three beautiful male dogs that are all rescues! Roku, from Metro East Humane Society, Bumi (formally Matt Damon) from HSLC and their most recent addition Appa (formerly the well-known Sully from HSLC). When Victoria isn’t busy with work or HSLC, she simply enjoys being at home with Josh and the dogs!

Pictured is Victoria with Roku; the other photo is Roku, Bumi and Appa!

From everyone at HSLC, thank you Victoria for all that you do!


Victoria Padilla reading the book “Is This My Cat”

Lincoln-Public-Library

Our wonderful volunteer and board member, Victoria Padilla, took HSLC adoptable resident Ginger to the Lincoln Public Library last week.

Victoria read the book “Is This My Cat”. The children were also able to pet and visit with Ginger. What a fun visit!