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Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin, Illinois is proud to announce that the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley recently awarded the organization a $4,000 grant to upgrade a portion of the shelter’s technology.

Anderson Animal Shelter has transitioned from a traditional community animal shelter to one of the most progressive humane societies of its kind. The shelter operates under a low-kill philosophy and has the goal of eliminating the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals.

“The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has enabled our organization to become more efficient and progressive. We are extremely grateful for their generosity,” said Beth Drake, Executive Director of Anderson Animal Shelter.

Anderson Animal Shelter reaches thousands of individuals and families annually though various programs and services including shelter and off-site adoption events, youth programs, volunteer services and more. Funding from the grant will be used to purchase various computers and technologies that will allow the shelter to better serve their greater community.

“With this funding, we now have the ability during our off-site adoption events to showcase animals that may have not made the trip to the event, by accessing the adoption page on our shelter website using internet-capable tablets,” said Drake. “In addition, we are also able to process adoptions onsite at the adoption events, allowing the individual or family to take their new found friend home immediately! As recently as last year, adopters were required to return to the shelter to complete the adoption process. Because of the Foundations’ generosity, we are able to save more lives.”

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County Illinois. Please visit for more information on this foundation,.


Anderson Animal Shelter collaborates with public and private organizations and individuals to shelter, care for and promote the adoption of homeless, stray and unwanted companion animals. The Shelter is a 501c3 charitable organization and does not receive any federal or state funding. The Shelter advocates for the compassionate and humane treatment of these animals through direct care, humane education and community outreach programs. Please visit for more information on Anderson Animal Shelter, including adoption, volunteering, donation drives and membership opportunities, email or contact us by phone 847-697-2880. The Shelter is located at 1000 South La Fox Road, South Elgin, IL 60177.

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Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

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Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

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President Emeritus

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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