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.

3 labrador puppies

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.

Finn, the light tan chihuahua, poses on a rug in the downward dog pose

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 🙂 

Khaleesi the corgi

Nick Houska

I have been volunteering with and serving on the Board of HSCI since 2015, when I returned to the area following law school. I am an attorney with the law firm of Wood, DeVary & Armstrong, P.C., and I am a Bloomington native.
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Growing up in Bloomington, my family has long been supporters of HSCI and rescue shelters in general, and we adopted two dogs from the Humane Society and a third from Best Friends Animal Society while on a family trip to volunteer at their shelter.

I have wanted to help support and grow this wonderful organization ever since, and I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to help the shelter grow and serve both the animals and the families of our community.

I currently have one dog, 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. 

Holly is a small white dog

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.

Headshot of Penny, a brown and white basset hound

Sherill Reichter

I am retired from State Farm Insurance Companies where I worked in accounting.  I also have experience from working in a CPA firm and in governmental accounting.  

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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I rescued Claire, an Aussie-Great Pyrenees in September of 2021 and love being her proud dad!

Max is a  brown dog

Angela Kelley

I am so excited to serve on the Board of HSCI! I am originally from Lincoln, IL and have lived in the Bloomington-Normal area for the last 3 years. I graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 2016 and traveled for work with Amazon before relocating back to Bloomington-Normal, and am now a full-time Realtor!

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Relocating back to the Bloomington-Normal area has allowed me to reconnect with our community. Animals have always been a passion of mine, and I am so excited to be able to make a direct impact on the animals in Central IL.

Along with volunteering, I enjoy spending my time with my long-haired, mini dachshund, Max! He is 1.5  years old and full of sass. He loves playing with toys and belly rubs. 🙂