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Welcome to Midwest Animal Rescue Service of Illinois!

MARS is a state licensed (#13839) no-kill rescue. 
(CLICK HERE for the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture Licensee Lookup)

Here is some helpful information about MARS, and some FAQ's
Where is our shelter?Kitty Corner

Our shelter is located in southern Illinois, about 6 hours south of Chicago, just outside of Carbondale, IL, home of Southern Illinois University. We schedule adoption events at the Pet Supplies Plus in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, which is where our animals are available for adoption. We accept online adoption applications in advance of events, and approved adopters are able to schedule meetings with animals they are interested in adopting. Everyone is always welcome to attend a MARS adoption event to meet our staff and animals, and to see what we are all about.
pup at animal controlWhere do our animals come from?

The animals in our program are rescued from hazardous situations - whether that be neglectful households, raided puppy mills or over-crowded animal control facilities. We then quarantine them for health observation, then make them available in areas that have more adopters, like Chicago.
Southern Illinois, and the surrounding areas, have major animal overpopulation issues that result in hundreds of animal deaths a week, including entire litters of puppies. M.A.R.S. hopes to alleviate some of the strain on animal control facilities by transporting adoptable animals out of the area to places where they have a chance at not just life, but a GOOD life!


The M.A.R.S. Team consists of 3 Board members (President, Treasurer, and Secretary), 3 Staff members, and a handful of dedicated volunteers. We are always looking for additional volunteers to assist at adoption events and foster dogs, puppies, cats and kittens while the animals are in our adoption program.


After working with other rescue organizations in Illinois, two friends got together with the goal of introducing a new no-kill organization to further assist animals in need in the midwest region. The two friends founded Midwest Animal Rescue Service with the intention of re-homing as many animals as possible. So far, M.A.R.S. has been very successful in working towards this goal and will continue to move forward, offering public education on adoption, spaying and neutering, and proper pet care.
Bingo and Family

We believe that animal rescue cannot focus solely on the adoption aspect. It has to be about awareness, fewer accidental litters, and community involvement. M.A.R.S. works hard to find matches for pets and people, so that our adoptions maintain a 100% success rate. The people of Illinois all have a responsibility to do what we can to decrease pet overpopulation and suffering. 


Our spay/neuter policy is based on both Illinois State law and our veterinarian's advice. State law specifies that all animals adopted out from animal shelters/rescues must either be altered, or be adopted with a spay/neuter requirement. 

In the case of young animals, we require that the animal be altered within 30 days of adoption (in accordance with new IL state law), and that proof of the surgery be sent to M.A.R.S. in the form of a veterinary invoice. NEW STATE LAWS MANDATE THAT ADOPTED ANIMALS NOW BE ALTERED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF ADOPTION. 

In some instances, with larger breeds, the surgery can be performed a little younger, but our veterinarian handles these on a case-by-case basis.


We may be from MARS, but there is nothing scary about our adoption process! Our application is simple, easy to understand, and will only take you minutes to complete ONLINE!










Articles of Incorporation file #66948323, Filed with the Secretary of State on May 24, 2009. ILState License# 13839.

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