TAPS is an independent, local, non-profit organization working to serve homeless dogs and cats. We provide life-changing services for homeless pets that come to our shelter every day. Animals arrive in need of medical care, training, foster care, and in need of loving homes. We hope you'll consider adoption and submit an application to adopt today.
We are currently open by appointment only with a pre-approved application. Look under our adoptions tab to find our application.
We are currently only accepting shelter returns and animal surrender inquiries via our website. Visit our services tab and click on the "surrender your animal page".
At Tazewell Animal Protective Society (TAPS), the health of our employees, animals and our customers are our number one priority. We are committed to keeping our staff and community safe. At this time, that means we are limiting foot traffic and the potential exposure to COVID 19 as much as possible. The following restrictions will be put in place:
Adoptions by appointment
During this time of great uncertainty, we are still working to fulfill our mission to move our available animals into loving adoptive homes. We kindly ask that the public refrain from visiting the shelter unless you are seriously intend to adopt. If you plan to adopt, you can first view all of our available pets on our website and complete an adoption application online at www.tapsshelter.org. Once your application is approved, and if you are the first applicant on an available animal, our staff will contact you via telephone to schedule an appointment to conduct a meet and greet. We will strive to schedule appointments no later than 6:00 p.m.
Temporary Suspension of Paper Applications
Effective immediately, we will suspend the use of paper applications and accept online applications only to prevent the community use of pens and clip boards and minimize the handling of paper by our staff. This situation continues to be fluid and if we believe we can lift these restrictions earlier, we will, and hopefully we will not have to continue this beyond the 30th of this month.
Thank you for understanding our need to put emergency practices in place for the health and well-being of everyone involved at TAPS, especially our employees. This is a very sad time for the animals in our community and beyond as we anticipate a significant reduction in both donations and adoptions as our country attempts to navigate through this difficult time while minimizing the spread of illness.
Tazewell Animal Protective Society (TAPS) is a No-Kill animal shelter that gives dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens a home until permanent homes can be found. We are located in Pekin, Illinois, which is just outside of Peoria in the Central Illinois area. Please take a few minutes to look around and meet some of the terrific animals we have up for adoption. Please consider adopting your next companion from TAPS No-Kill Animal Shelter. We have dogs and cats of all sizes, breeds and colors. If you don't find a companion animal that is right for your family now, please check back often as we take in new animals almost daily.
In addition to pet adoptions, we also offer low cost spay/neutering services in partnership with APL Springfield. Please visit the Services section of our site to learn more.
PLEASE READ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING A PUPPY OR KITTEN LESS THAN 6 MONTHS OF AGE FROM TAPS NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER
With the onset of puppy and kitten season, at times, we have multiple puppies and kittens looking for a home. We receive hundreds of applications on our puppies and kittens. In an effort to move them into adoptive homes in a more efficient manner and streamline the application process, we will be approving puppy and kitten applications in the order received. Approved applicants will be called in to meet with any available puppies or kittens to determine if there is anyone available that might be a good fit for your family. We will no longer be accepting applications for specific puppies or kittens. Additionally, we will not hold a specific puppy or kitten for an applicant. If you submit an online application with a specific puppy or kitten listed, you will be placed on the general puppy or kitten list and your application will be processed in the order received. Effective immediately, applicants for puppies and kittens 6 months and younger must be 21 years of age.
The process to adopt our adult cats and dogs remain the same. You may apply for one of our wonderful adult animals by name and we will process those applications as received.
Please note that we receive multiple inquiries daily. Response time may take up to 72 hours. If you are interested in a dog or cat, please submit a no commitment application that is located above on our adoptions tab. Applications are processed in the order that they are received. Our puppies and kittens are extremely popular and receive a significant number of applications. We ask for your patience as we work through them. Thank you for considering TAPS No-Kill Animal Shelter as you welcome your next furry friend into your life.
100 TAPS Lane
Pekin, IL 61554