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Since 1986, Metro East Humane Society has worked to enrich the lives of people, cats, dogs in Madison, St. Clair, Jersey, Bond, and Macoupin counties. To do this, we operate a no-kill shelter;  provide humane medical treatment, vaccinations, and spay/neuter services; educate adults and youth on the humane treatment of animals; build partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, public institutions, private corporations, and elected officials; and respect the public trust through the proper management of our resources. 

In early 2020, MEHS acquired both the Riverbend Pet Food Pantry and Highland Animal Shelter, immediately followed by having to close our doors to the public due to COVID-19. We have continued to provide resources for as many pets as we safely can; in 2021 more than 36,000 lbs. of pet food were provided to 101 families free of charge through our Riverbend Pet Food Pantry, 1,760 pets received low-cost veterinary services through our public spay/neuter surgeries and vaccine & microchip clinics, and 577 community cats were helped through our trap-neuter-return and working cat program.

As a no-kill shelter we know that we can only help animals we have space for. With that in mind our second facility, MEHS Highland, opened to the public in April 2021. Renovations to our Highland facility have been completed, and we are currently under construction to expand the medical suite at our MEHS Edwardsville facility to offer additional veterinary services.


Please browse our pages and contact us by phone at 618-656-4405 or email with any questions you may have. Be sure to check out our available animals (updated daily)!

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