Tazewell Animal Protective Society (TAPS)

TAPS is a shelter of hope for homeless animals. We provide temporary sanctuary and an opportunity for life by bringing companion animals and loving people together.

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Pit Bull Awareness

National Pit Bull Awareness Day was started in 2007 to bring positive attention and awareness to Pit Bulls and their responsible owners. Over time, the awareness day expanded to an entire month to highlight this breed that fills far too many shelter kennels across the United States. As a rescue movement, we need to focus…

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Background Unknown: Why some shelter pets don’t have a “bio”.

I remember attending a training a few years back and the facilitator was also a trainer. She indicated that she was continually frustrated when working with clients with rescue animals with no background information on their adopted pet.  She couldn’t believe that as rescues, we could have an animal in our care without any background…

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The Pandemic Puppy Problem

Last year, shelters across the United States encountered one of the best problems you could hope for. As the coronavirus forced more people indoors and as more individuals began working from home, more families began adopting companion animals for their family. Animals were leaving shelters in record numbers, often faster than shelters could find new…

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A Passionate Plea to End “Free to Good Home”

This post, while written out of frustration, is intended to educate. We need to stop giving animals away free to a good home….from both sides….because in this case, the family thought they had no options but to dump this dog in a crate overnight on our property. I shared this story earlier this week about…

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TAPS Dog Spotlight: Ephraim

Ephraim is a sweet and handsome (look at those eyes!) 4 year old, 60 pound retriever/lab mix who is available for adoption at TAPS in Pekin, IL. Staff and volunteers note that he LOVES to give kisses and is a complete sweetheart.  Ephraim rode very well in the car on his day out with a…

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Summer Love Adoption Event!

Please help us share our Summer Love Adoption Special through August 15th. Prospective adopters should take into consideration that the adoption fee is only the beginning of the cost to own an animal, and it’s a lifetime commitment for the life of the animal. We do ask that adopters take their pet (at their expense)…

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TAPS is currently open by appointment only with a pre-approved application.  Click here to view our available cats and dogs.

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Furr-Ever Thankful Series: Featuring Daffadil

Pit Bulls in shelters across the United States face many barriers to adoption, often due to preconceptions about the breed, breed-specific policies, and bans. While they make up about 6% of the domestic dog population, they average about 33% of the breeds found in animal shelters across the United States with only 1 in 600…

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Helping a Long-Term Dog Find Her Forever Home: Nellie

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year from animal shelters across the United States. Last year alone, TAPS helped more than 1,700 dogs and cats find lasting, loving families to share with the rest of their lives. While I know from personal experience, that every animal that makes its…

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Senior Sunday!!

TAPS has numerous senior dogs that are available for adoption! Please consider opening your home to one of our wonderful senior dogs! Fannie: Can her smile get any bigger? Fannie is 12 years old and weighs in at 25 pounds. She was from a hoarding situation so is looking forward to a life as a…

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Learn more about volunteering, our adoption process, and our low cost spay/neuter program!

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program

TAPS is committed to helping reduce pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering all animals adopted from our shelter. By increasing public awareness of the benefits of altering your pets and the problem of…

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Annual Pawction – September 19th

We are holding our annual Pawction, an online auction of pet themed items, the week of September 19th. We are actively seeking donations of pet themed items for this event. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or can be shipped directly to TAPS, 100 TAPS Lane, Pekin, IL 61554 (for shipped items, please note that they are for pawction). On September 19th, our PAWction will go live to raise funds for our dogs and cats!

Cupcake Wars Competition – November 6th

A fundraiser to help the dogs and cats and TAPS through a cupcake decorating competition. More information will be available soon!

Every day we’re saving the lives of cats and dogs all over Central Illinois, but we can’t do it without you!

All donations are tax deductible, as allowed by law, and help support the dogs and cats of TAPS.