Effingham Animal Rescue Sanctuary aka EARS was organized in January of 2010. By passionate volunteers who believed that the number of animals euthanized in our community could be reduced through education and promotion of responsible pet ownership.  To that end EARS offers many programs including , low-cost spay/neuter, feral cat Trap Neuter & Release or (TNR), Critical Animal Care, and educational programs, and the rehoming and quality adoption of pets.  Now 10 years later, through a huge community effort, and the hard work of many passionate people and organizations throughout the area, Effingham County is no-kill.


EARS is an ALL volunteer not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization who relies on supporters dedicated to rescue.  We are a licensed animal shelter/foster home organization with the Department of Agriculture for Illinois. Shelter licenses and foster licenses are renewed each year and the organization undergoes a yearly inspection.


EARS is a foster-based sanctuary, which makes us a bit different from other pet adoption agencies in our area.  100% of our animals are in foster homes being loved and cared for by foster families who open their homes and hearts to act as foster parents until permanent placement is established. We solely rely on the community support
for donations of money, time and talent. We welcome fosters and volunteers with open arms as without them we could not exist.  Please consider joining us in our efforts.


Each animal coming in to EARS is fully vetted, receiving a heart-worm test, a microchip, age-appropriate vaccinations, and prevention medications for heartworm and fleas.  Local and extended-community veterinarians also verify or perform spay or neuter on EVERY animal.  We are extremely grateful to our vets without whom we could never provide the health care necessary for these animals.


  • Rehoming and quality adoption of pets
  • Spay/Neuter low cost programs
  • TNR--each month 35 cats are transported by EARS to Springfield to APL for spay/neuter
  • Critical animal care--to help with unexpected costly treatments
  • Nursing home visits--animals provide comfort to the residents
  • Educational programs--we love to share our mission
  • Annual Jeep Run fundraiser

Thank you for your continued support of EARS, and please feel free to contact EARS at 217-500-0231 with any questions or comments.