Hello! Heart in handWe’re the Humane Society of Central Illinois!

Welcome to the Humane Society of Central Illinois (HSCI)! We can tell we’ll be fast friends because if you’re here, you probably love animals as much as we do! But, allow us to tell you more about our organization.

Who we are

We’re a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit animal welfare organization, and we’ve been serving the Bloomington-Normal community and surrounding areas since 1984.  We care for, house, and provide adoption services for animals who are looking for their forever homes.  

We help over 1,000 animals annually due to the support of individual donors and volunteers who dedicate countless hours to support our mission.

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The Pet Adoption Center

We house and care for our pets at the Pet Adoption Center. 

The space is designed so that each pet group has its own area. This makes it easy for guests to visit with them and, most importantly, creates as stress-free and healthy an environment for the pets as possible.

Exercise and play is important for our pets so we have large, grassy dog runs behind the building.  Visit our Facebook page for videos of our dogs getting their play on!

We’re right at the intersection of Fort Jesse Road and Towanda Avenue, making it easy for guests and volunteers to find us!

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For every pet to be properly loved and cared for.


Find loving, forever homes for abused and unwanted pets.

Get in touch!

Come see us:

423 Kays Drive
Normal, IL 61761

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Meet the Board

In addition to our wonderful staff and volunteers, our Board of Directors dedicates its time and expertise to ensure the shelter honors its mission to find loving, forever homes for abused and unwanted pets.

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Meg Barnet--President

Hello!  It’s an honor to serve on the Board of the Humane Society of Central Illinois. I’ve been a resident of Bloomington/Normal for 18 years – relocating to this community for a career opportunity with State Farm Insurance.

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Supporting my community through volunteer work is an important part of who I am.

I also have a passion for the welfare of animals – so serving with HSCI is a natural fit. From volunteering at the shelter to assisting with fundraising events, I enjoy any opportunity to make a difference in the lives of animals who have been abandoned, abused, or lost.

Over the years, I’ve been “rescued” by many furry family members. Today, I am blessed to have been rescued by our dog, Finn, but please don’t tell him he’s a dog 🙂 

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Nick Houska, Secretary

Greetings! I am a long-time resident of the Bloomington-Normal community, having been raised here as a child and returning home to Bloomington following my graduation from law school in 2015. I am currently a partner at the law firm of Wood, DeVary, Armstrong & Houska, P.C., and in addition to serving the legal needs of the central Illinois area, I strive to give back in other ways through my support for many of the wonderful nonprofits we have in our community.  
Growing up in Bloomington, my family has long been supporters of HSCI and animal rescue shelters in general. Two of my family’s dogs were rescued from HSCI, and a third was adopted while on a family trip to volunteer at the Best Friends Animal Society organization in Utah. Being raised around dogs and seeing all that HSCI offers for pets and families in our community, I knew that I wanted to continue to support this wonderful organization upon my return to the area.
I have been a member of the Board of Directors at HSCI since 2015 and have served as Secretary of the Board since 2021. 
My wife, Beth, and I are currently the proud owners of a corgi named Khaleesi. 
Two cats, one grey, one brown and white, lay on a cream rug

Nancy Freitag

I have been with HSCI since 1999 and on the board since 2006. I live in Minier, which is a farming community. I can truthfully say that after 23 years I still love working with the animals and the people at HSCI. 

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Eric Hoss

Hello! It’s an honor to be part of an important group like the Humane Society of Central Illinois! I have been a resident of Bloomington-Normal most of my life graduating from Normal Community High School and receiving my bachelor’s degree and MBA from Illinois State University. I am currently a Technology Director at State Farm Corporate HQ in Bloomington.

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My wife Terri and I wholeheartedly feel that our pets are an important part of our family, from our late Norwegian Elkhound Princess, to our Yorkie-Bichon Holly. Our sons Chris and Daniel, and daughter-in-law Katie, are also proud and loving pet parents of tabby cat Oliver and Morkies Bear and Teddy.

Claire, the Aussie-Great Pyrenees

Craig Queen

Hello!  I am a resident of Normal and  an attorney with Queen Law, LLC in Bloomington.  I am a lifelong lover of animals of all kinds and have been a board member at HSCI for the last four years.  
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Robin Ambrose

I am new to HSCI and excited for an opportunity to give back to my community! The staff at HSCI work very hard to ensure pets are loved,  cared for and placed in their forever homes. Helping to improve HSCI will allow us to continue to make those connections possible.