Monday, November 11, 2019


For over 50 years, the Animal Protective League has been the voice for animals in Springfield and Sangamon County. APL operates a shelter for sick, injured, abused and abandoned dogs and cats, along with comprehensive animal-welfare programs. APL is a private, not-for-profit organization. It operates entirely by donations.


APL strives to match animals with carefully screened, loving, permanent owners. All animals leave our shelter spayed or neutered, microchipped, and with all vaccinations. Over 2000 deserving dogs and cats were placed in their forever homes in 2016. APL also has an active group of foster families who provide interim homes until space is available at our shelter.

APL develops programs, participates in many events and offers services of benefit to our community. Find out more by visiting our Community Programs pages, as well as our Upcoming Events Calendar.

Our humane investigators respond to hundreds of calls each year about neglected and abused animals. You will find additional information and some encouraging BEFORE and AFTER photos on several pages ... as well as information on to how to report suspected abuse or neglect. 

Check out all of our pages to learn more about volunteering, fostering animals, community programs and events ... there's always something going on at APL, so visit often.



The Animal Protective League is a non-profit 501C(3) organization dedicated to caring for ill, injured and abused homeless animals and coordinating the adoption of those animals by responsible pet owners. It further is commited to ending companion animal overpopulation by offering high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services.


We are located behind the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Taintor Road, across from Gate 6. From I-55, take the Sangamon Avenue Exit, follow Sangamon to Peoria Road, turn right onto Peoria Road. The first road on your left is Taintor Road. Turn left on Taintor, and we are the first building you will see on your right-hand side.

Animal Protective League

1001 Taintor Road

Springfield, IL  62702



Animal Protective League
1001 Taintor Road
Springfield, Il. 62702
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