A Second Chance for New Beginnings


Welcome to TAPS
by Rebecca Richardson

Welcome to TAPS (Tazwell Animal Protective Society) located at 100 TAPS Lane in Pekin, Illinois; TAPS is a no-kill shelter serving the Central Illinois area. Capable of housing up to 50 dogs and 80 cats on any given day, TAPS is dedicated to providing a safe and stress free environment for dogs and cats until a home can be found for them. 

According to Holly Crotty, Executive Director: “Last year we had 1,284 adoptions and are on track to exceed 1,300 adoptions this year. TAPS takes pride in screening our adopters thoroughly to ensure that our animals find their forever home, as indoor, family pets.” 

TAPS works on a flat fee adoption rate which works as follows:

Dogs 6 years and younger          $150.00
Dogs 7 years and up                    $25.00
Cats 12 weeks or older                 $25.00
Cats Younger than 12 weeks        $50.00

All of the dogs and cats at TAPS are spayed or neutered, given age appropriate vaccines and microchipped. Dogs are tested for heartworm and started on a flea / heartworm preventative. Cats are tested for FeLuk and FIV. 

TAPS has public hours of operation 6 days a week. Public hours are as follows:

Tuesday – Friday     12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday                   12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday                     12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

The public is encouraged to come in and meet the animals. Those interested in a specific animal will have the opportunity for a one-on-one after filling out a no obligation application. Applications take 24-48 hours to process before an animal is granted adopted status. For those who have current pets in the home, TAPS requests that the current dog(s) be brought along to test for compatibility.

The majority of animals that come through TAPS are owner surrender. A $25.00 relinquishment fee is requested to help offset the costs for caring for the animal but is not required. Animals are also taken in from local animal control facilities to help ease the over population issue. However, as a no-kill animal shelter, TAPS is not permitted to house strays. They must go through the stray hold at animal control before being considered for housing at TAPS. 

The philosophy at TAPS is a second change for new beginnings. Along with providing pets a second change at a new life, they also offer a host of low cost services to help with the homeless pet population in the Central IL area. Some of the services offered include:

  • Low Cost Spay / Neuter
  • Microchip
  • Frontline
  • Dewormer
  • Nail Trimming
  • Vaccinations

To learn more about TAPS and the services the current available cats and dogs; as well as services they offer, please visit www.tapsshelter.org  They can also be contacted by phone at 309-353-8277 or can be found on FB at “TAPSNokillShelter”

TAPS is always looking for dedicated volunteers to work with the animals who stay there. Please consider volunteering today. To the world you may be one person, to a pet in need, you may be the world!