Meet Dr. Do More.

Every animal adopted from Heartland has been spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before they are adopted. While adoption fees cover these expenses, there just isn’t funding in our budget to cover extraordinary expenses as a non-profit organization with limited resources. The Dr. Do More Fund was created to enable Heartland Animal Shelter to provide care for treatable animals that require specialized medical or behavioral care and rehabilitation. This helps us save more homeless pets that we would not otherwise have the resources to save.

If you would like to make a general donation for animals in need of the Dr. Do More Fund’s assistance, please do so below. You can also read on to make a donation toward a specific animal currently in need of support.

Dr. Do More Animals Needing Help

If you would like to help Heartland “do more” for a specific animal currently in need of support, please click on their button below.  If you would like to send a check, click on the “Donate Now” button and you will be given the option to make an offline donation along with instructions of where to mail the check. In the event that more donations are received for a particular animal than needed to cover their expenses, the remaining funds will be put in the Dr. Do More Fund to help other animals needing urgent care.


Sweet Lionel has been having some ongoing issues with difficult urination.  We have found a painful mass in his abdomen that is very concerning to our veterinarian. Lionel will need bloodwork, a urine test, x-rays and an ultrasound to identify the mass and determine what we can do to help him get the relief he needs.

$285 of $430 raised


$285 of $430 raised
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The Start of the Dr. Do More Fund – Esther’s Tale

On March 27, 2007 our staff members met a three-month-old Spaniel/Dachshund mix puppy in need of rescue at Chicago Animal Care and Control. This puppy, who was later named named Esther, was born with backwards twisted front legs. As she sat alone in her cage with the saddest look in her eyes, we couldn’t just walk away and leave her behind. We knew the road ahead would not be easy, but we had faith that Heartland supporters would help us do what was needed to give Esther a second chance.

Dr. Claude Gendreau, DVM, one of the top veterinary orthopedic and neurosurgeons, agreed to perform the surgery at a reduced rate. Dr. Gendreau and his staff at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove quickly performed the surgeries before growth spurts could complicate the procedure and agreed to provide lifelong follow up care. Happily, Esther was adopted into a loving home and is a frequent guest at Heartland events where she is an inspiration to all!

The Dr. Do More Fund was originally created to help Heartland with the medical costs and therapy Esther would need before she could find her forever home, but over the years it has evolved and has allowed us to save and treat hundreds of special needs animals.


When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you save two lives. The animal you adopt and the one that replaces him.