The is filled with pets that need homes, causing the shelter to look for new ways to get families for pets.
And this time of year, a lot of these initiatives are infused with a little Christmas cheer.
In one new program called !, the Humane Society is asking for volunteers to sign up as "ambassadors," -- that is, the volunteers commit to publicizing five assigned pets that needs adopting via social media and posters around town.
"We have 22 volunteers signed up as ambassadors," said Emily Klehm, Humane Society executive director.
The work is paying off, as 27 animals have already been adopted, she said, with about 100 dogs and cats still waiting to go home for Christmas. People sign up via email and at least three ambassadors are from Homewood-Flossmoor.
"People can help by spreading the word about our homeless pets," Klehm said. They can visit our website and 'share' the pets on their Facebook pages, twitter, and email. This is a huge way to spread the word about our adoptable pets."
Klehm is encouraged by the program's progress and welcomes more volunteers to get every pet a warm home for the holidays.
"We are so excited about its success so far," she said.