BAHS is currently operating on an appointment only basis for adoptions. In order to secure an appointment, please fill out our adoption application and an appropriate placement counselor will reach out to you to schedule an appointment.


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Our Mission

The Belleville Area Humane Society strives to improve the lives of homeless animals in our community through adoption, humane education, and community outreach.

Our Vision

Homeless animals in our community are valued, cared for, and treated with compassion.

Respectful Communication Pledge

At BAHS, we envision a world in which all animals are valued, cared for, and treated with compassion – This includes human animals. We pledge to actively listen to your concerns, show empathy, and treat you with respect.  We cordially ask that you extend to us the same courtesy as we work with you to find the right companion animal or direct you toward valuable resources. Thank you.



Q: Who do I call about abuse/neglect/abandoned animals? 

A: St. Clair County Animal Control handles all cases. They have licensed animal control officers. If they are closed, the sheriff handles situations. 

Animal Control: 618-235-0585

Sheriff: 618-277-3500 extension: 1711

Q: Are you a no-kill shelter?

A: We are a limited admission shelter. This means, we only euthanize if an animal is severely ill or unsafe to put out in the community. We do not euthanize for space. 

Q: Do you have space for my dog or cat?

A: The BAHS is committed to helping animals either surrendered or not reclaimed at St. Clair County Animal Control. We have a waiting list for owners who wish to surrender their pets. With limited kennel space, we work with pet owners to provide resources that help individuals keep their pets, when possible. 

Q: What is the difference between BAHS and Animal Control?

Q: What is the difference between BAHS and Animal Control? 
limited admission
houses pets until they are adopted

Animal Control
open admission
holds stray or lost pets for seven days (If an animal is not reclaimed, their adoption center or partnering non-profit animal shelters can intake the pet and put them up for adoption.) 

Q: Do you have puppies?

A: Dogs under six months are kept in foster homes for their health. They are susceptible to getting sick at the shelter since they are not fully vaccinated. They can be viewed on our web site when they are available for adoption. 

Q: Does the BAHS provide spay/neuter or vaccinations?

A: Yes, we have partnering vets who provide spay/neuter opportunities for qualifying individuals. For more information, please contact our Outreach Manager at or 618-235-3712 ext. 100.

Q: How does your adoption process work?

A: Complete our adoption survey either online or in person. It typically takes 24-48 hours to process. We will work with potential adopters to have all family members (including existing pets) meet the pet of interest. Once meet and greets are complete, an adoption counselor will walk you through the adoption paperwork and provide continued animal ownership resources.

Q: How much does it cost to adopt?


Puppies 6 months of age or younger: $250

Dogs over 6 months of age: $195

Kittens 6 months of age or younger: $125 (Interested in a pair of kittens? Ask us about our buy one get one half off for kittens!)

Cats over 6 months of age: $100

All adoptions include:

spay or neuter
heartworm testing if six months or over
vaccines (DHPPC, Bordetella and rabies)

spay or neuter
vaccines (FVRCPC)

Q: How do I volunteer?

A: Please visit our volunteer page at to complete a volunteer application and see how our volunteer program works.

Q: How do I foster?

A: Please visit and complete a foster application. Our foster coordinator will be in touch after they receive the application.

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