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About Us


Dale's Pet Care was created in 2003 by Dale Smith to meet the local demand for overnight pet care in the area. Having been involved with pet care and placement through the Humane Society of Olney since 1970, Dale is well aware of the needs of many types of pets. She has been responsible for the health care needs, as well as the daily care needs, of many animals. Whether your pet needs to stay a day, a weekend, a week or longer, be assured plenty of love and care will be provided. To further meet the needs of local pets and their families, Dale's Pet Care recently opened a 2 acre Dog Park. The park is open to the public by appointment. Please contact Dale at 618-395-2067 or cell phone number 618-838-5006 for park rules. Dale's motto is "Pet care with love."




All stays require an advance appointment. Please arrange your pet's stay as early as possible. Booking well in advance ensures we have a place for your loved one. We hate saying, "We're booked", but space and time to provide exceptional care dictate it.

Pick up and drop off times will be scheduled with Dale at the time you make your reservation. To experience a smooth transition, please adhere to your appointed times. This will keep client's from being detained while another pet is being processed to enter or leave. It also allows us to be sure your pet's things are ready for you at pickup. No pickup or drop off hours are available for Sunday or Holidays. While we will be caring for your pet on these days, they are our busiest days and all of our time is required to care for your pet.


Love and care for your pet during your absence.
Daily exercise.

Medical treatment if needed.

Medicine administered if needed.

Security camera.

Pet calming tapes.

Daily massage and quiet love time.

Wading pool in the summer.

You may contact us by phone for updates on your pet's status during the stay.


Your pet's medications with written instructions from your veterinarian for administering.
Your pet's vaccination status from your veterinarian. Please refer to our required vaccination section.
Your pet's food and treats including any special diet your pet requires.

We recommend you bring your pet's favorite toy, bed, blanket, and an article of your clothing so your scent is nearby and comforting to your pet.
Your emergency contact information.
Contact info for a local contact who can act on your behalf if we can't reach you.
The name and phone number of your veterinarian.
Information on occurrences that make your pet anxious, such as thunderstorms, and the ways you normally use to deal with these anxieties.


Separation anxiety on the part of the pet and the family is normal. To ease the stress on all, we suggest you familiarize your pet with our surroundings before leaving your pet for a lengthy stay. This can be accomplished by leaving your pet for a short stay such as an afternoon or overnight stay first. It is best to do this a few times since repeated exposure to the setting will give your more confidence. Your pet will be comfortable during future visits because it knows what to expect, i.e. (1) that you will return for it, (2) that other pets will be present, (3) that it will receive love from the staff. Since pets are sensitive to your emotions, please provide a relaxed atmosphere prior to bringing your pet to us. It is easy for a pet to feel your anxiety and react accordingly. If your pet experiences adverse reactions to certain stimuli, such as thunder, loud noises, etc., please be sure to let us know. We will want to hear how you normally reassure your pet during these stresses. Pets will be kept busy during the day playing and exercising. During the evening hours, pet calming music will be played to help sooth any anxiety and make an easy transition to nightime sleep. Usually toward the evening pets will receive a massage and quiet love time.


Proof of current vaccine for the following vaccines must be presented prior to leaving your pet.

Distemper, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Caliciviridae, Panleukopenia, aka VRCP
Distemper, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza


Your pet's safety and health are extremely important to us. Should an emergency occur, we will consult the veterinarian of your choice. You should leave this contact information with us when you leave your pet. If no veterinarian has been specified, we will contact one of the veterinarians with whom we work with on a regular basis. Please provide an emergency phone number where you can be contacted as well as a backup local contact authorized to make care decisions on your behalf in the event we cannot reach you immediately. Any required veterinary care will be at your expense. You will be asked to sign a consent form before leaving your pet.


To maintain continuity in the health care of your pet, we request that you leave your personal veterinarian contact information at the time you leave your pet in our care. If you are unable to leave us a local contact and your pet requires medical attention, we will choose one of the following veterinarians at our discretion.

Dr. Hurliman

Dr. Eckis

Dr. Kuenstler


Because of the unique circumstances for each pet, we cannot quote a standard fee schedule. Please contact Dale at 618-395-2067 to discuss your pets needs.

In The News

Dale Smith Citizen Of The Year

By Matt Courter
Posted Apr 15, 2011 @ 11:15 AM

Dale Smith was recognized as Citizen of the Year and McDonald’s won Business of the Year during the 2011 Olney Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet.

Mike Belcher, presenting the WVLN-WSEI Citizen of the Year award, noted Smith’s work with abused and abandoned animals in the county.

“Dale has committed her life to rescuing animals in Richland County,” Belcher said of Smith, who has been president of Humane Society of Olney Area for 35 years.

“Dale asks for little and expects even less, but the smile on her face after adoption is reward enough.”

Smith, who was fighting back tears as she accepted her plaque, expressed her gratitude for the award.

“My husband would never believe I’m short for words,” Smith said.

“I always thought if you believed in doing something, that you did it for that reason; you didn’t expect a thank-you or a pat on the back,” she said. “But this is really nice. I do appreciate it.”

Olney Daily Mail Editor Mark Allen presented the newspaper’s Business of the Year award to McDonald’s, which was not in attendance.

“This business employs more than three dozen people. I remember being extremely excited as a 6-year-old in the ‘70s when I heard that the world’s most famous clown was coming to town,” Allen said.

Allen also noted the business’s community involvement, including supporting area sports and academics, donating to After Prom, donating food after major fires, donating to Relay for Life and Walk & Roll and offering coupons for many fundraisers.

McDonald’s Assistant Manager Dan Grove said Friday morning that he appreciated the award.

“I just want to thank the public,” he said. “If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have gotten it.”

Matt Courter can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

By Matt Courter

Dale Smith opens dog park

By Matt Courter

Posted Oct 28, 2011 @ 02:19 PM

It was hard to tell who was having the better time at the recently opened Dale’s Dog Park on Wednesday: the dogs or Dale Smith.

“It’s just so much fun to watch them,” she said, after taking her and husband Eddie’s dogs back in when it started to rain. “They just have the best time.”

Smith opened the park for those who would like to let their pets get more exercise than the usual walk.

Smith, who also operates Dale’s Pet Care, 928 W. North Ave., said there is an area behind the business of a little less than two acres for the dogs to run.

Her husband, Eddie, said they also plant to add a carport and gravel in the spring.

Smith said she has wanted to open a dog park for the last few years, after they had to put both of their horses to sleep due to problems of old age.

The couple heard from some of their Pet Care customers that a dog park may be a good idea and they recently completed the major work to get it finished, including putting two fences up to ensure dogs wouldn’t get loose.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry when you’re dealing with an animals,” she said.

Smith said people need to call and make an appointment if they want to use the park.

She also has a list of rules for the park, including a requirement that all dogs using it be spayed or neutered, allowing no dogs that are unfriendly or unsocialized, and requiring that all dogs have up-to-date vaccinations.

Currently, Smith said there is no charge to use the park, but donations, which will go to the Humane Society, would be appreciated, she said.

Those interested in learning more about the park or in scheduling an appointment may call 395-2067.

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Homeless dog finds shelter, love

Chris Stalter (Staff Writer)

Olney Daily Mail

     The tale of a homeless dog stole the hearts of many in Olney finally has a happy ending.

     The german shepherd-mix was caught Tuesday morning by members of the Humane Society of Olney.

     "I'm just thrilled that we got her," said Humane Society president Dale Smith.

     The dog captured the hearts of many workers in the area of the intersection of Ill. 130 and U.S. 50 who often left food and playthings out for the dog.  A doghouse was moved to an area where the dog used to be seen a lot.  A dog trap was set up on Monday beside the doghouse by Humane Society members.

     For the last couple of weeks, Humane Society members have also been feeding the dog.

     On Monday, the trap was wired open with hot dogs inside so the dog would become comfortable walking into it.  One by one the dog took the hot dogs out of the trap and ate.  Smith said it went into the trap at least four different times.

     Smith said she was worried it would take a long time to catch the dog.  "Some of them are so smart you can't trap them," she explained.

     Tuesday morning, the trap was set.  Soon, the dog went int the trap and the door shut behind her.

     Smith worried that being in the cage would affect the dog, but she said it was very docile once inside.

     Still, the dog does not completely trust people.

     "She's going to have to do a little bit of training" Smith said.

     The dog now stays on Smith's property.  It is quite thin, but it's teeth are in good shape.

     "My main concern is that she is not pregnant and does not have heartworms," Smith said.

     Smith said that with a lot of attention and love, the dog will be a great pet.  She's going to keep the dog until it gains weight and becomes used to people, but she won't be able to give it a permanent home.

     This weekend, Smith plans to give the dog a bath and soon another pressing matter will need to be settled.  "We have to think of a good name, " she said.

     Smith said she thinks the dog will be beautiful once it has some meat on its bones.

     "I think she's going to be a very sweet, affectionate dog," Smith said.

     The dog with big brown eyes wagged its tail in affection at Smith for the first time Wednesday and is already calmer around people.

     Smith said, "She's small, but she's got a big heart!"


Sister and Brother reunited

Kevin Ryden (Staff Writer)  Olney, Il.

     Two years ago, a dog that had fallen into a vat of tar was rescued by city workers and named Slick by Dale Smith. 

     Although Smith, of Humane Society of Olney Area, was happy to have helped the dog, she was concerned about another dog that was Slick's companion and that had been running loose with him for a couple years. 

     It had been so long since Smith had seen the dog, which she guessed had been running loose for approximately four years and is at least part cocker spaniel, that she thought it was dead. 

     After numerous attempts to capture the elusive canine that is believed to be Slick's sister, Smith finally caught it in June at an abandoned home on the corner of Saratoga and Lafayette streets and named her Miss Puppy. 

     Before she was caught, Smith used a variety techniques in an attempt to lure her to come out from under the house. 

     She left food in the area and frequently drove the same vehicle by the home, honked and yelled, "Puppy! Puppy! Puppy!"

     A trap was set and Smith sat across the street, using binoculars to watch the action unfold.  How ever, what she saw was the trap miss it's target and scare the dog into running away.  "She didn't come back for six days," Smith said.

     On the day Miss Puppy was caught, food was left for her and Smith was able to finallly go up to her, pick her up and place her in a carrier. 

     She weighed 11 pounds and had a lot of matted hair.  "You talk about a dirty, stinky dog," Smith said, adding that even after 12 baths, Miss Puppy had "dreadlocks" and was essentially just "skin and bones". 

     "I don't think she would have made it past this summer or this winter," Smith said.

     When Miss Puppy was introduced to Slick, whose still lives at the Humane Society, Smith said she seemed excited, but not because she was reunited with her "brother", but because there another dog nearby.

     She now comes to Smith on command and although still a little skittish, she has "turned into one of the sweetest docile dogs," according to Smith.

     Smith is not sure if or when Miss Puppy will be able to be adopted.  She has a "bummed" leg that she holds up when not walking or running.  Most people do not want to adopt an older dog with some issues, Smith said.

     But as Humane Society volunteer Helen Hutton explained with a smile, "they have a home here forever".

     Kevin Ryden can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Smith reunites truck driver with runnaway pit bull

     My name is Betty Parker, I have been a truck driver for over twenty five years.  I am a single lady and my only protection is my dogs, so when I discovered that my red nosed 90 pound pit bull, Brandy, had gotten loose from her leash.  I was devastated.   

     It was the first week of November, I was delivering in Olney, Il.  I was getting out of my truck to walk Brandy & Sam (my other dog).  He is a small yorkie, when all of a sudden Brandy got loose and disappeared into the parking lot.  I looked for her for over any hour until I had to leave.  Sad and broken hearted, I decided the only option I had was to call your local Humane Society.  I spoke with a lady named Dale Smith.  She assured me that she would do everything she could to find Brandy.  I was feeling very hopeless when I hung up the phone and drove away.  I felt as though I was leaving one of my children behind.  Brandy was gone for nine days when I got the wonderful phone call!  Mrs. Dale said they had found my Brandy!! 

    I was over joyed!!  They offered to keep Brandy for me until I could get back to her, as I am from Ms.  It took me two weeks to get back to her in Il, so I called Mr. and Mrs. Smith back at the Humane Society, and they drove over and hour and a half to bring her to me from Olney. 

    I am very impressed with these wonderful people, I have received the best christmas gift I could ever ask for due to Dale and Eddie Smith. 

    When Brandy saw me, it was the greatest day ever!  She ran to me like a long lost friend, jumped up in the truck and lied down on the bed, as if nothing ever happened!  I just appreciate these awsome people!  Merry Christmas!

    Olney Daily Mail                     

The Good Doctor

By Kevin Ryden

Posted Oct 24, 2008 @ 03:06 PM

Dale Smith, of Humane Society of Olney Area, has rescued many animals in her nearly four decades with the organization, and she recently helped a dog in a uniquely sticky situation.

Last week, Smith, who has been with the organization since 1971, awoke to a call from two Olney Street Department workers who said they needed help with a dog that was found at the city’s Public Works Center. The dog had fallen into a vat of tar that is used on roads.

One of the workers told Smith that “the only thing he can move is his eyeballs.”

Smith headed to the scene, not quite sure of what she would find.

Other concerned workers struggled to get the dog out of the tar and eventually used shovels to scoop him out. They did it just before the tar covered the dog’s eyes and mouth.

“You talk about a mess,” Smith said. “These guys were just fussing over this dog like you can’t believe. You could see they were concerned about this little dog.”

Smith believes the dog does not have an owner and has been living outside for at least two years. She remembers seeing it run around Ill. 130, near Pool’s, and has heard other people say the same thing. She said the house where it used to live was demolished two years ago.

The dog could not move after it was extracted from the tar. As Smith and the others attempted to remove the tar, they realized they couldn’t find the dog’s tail and his legs were stuck together.

“He must have had 15 pounds of tar on him,” Smith said, estimating the tar was 2- to 3 -inches thick. “It was quite an ordeal.”

After attempting to remove the tar from the dog, including some that had got on his face, Smith took him to a local veterinarian.

Many baths of vegetable oil and dish soap were used to remove a lot of the tar. Some of the tar soaked into his fur and skin. One side of his body is now hairless.

Smith was later told by one of the workers who helped the dog, “Well, I guess his name is going to be Lucky.”

Smith has been thinking of her own name for the dog, however. She called him Slick the other day, a name created by veterinarian staff.

Smith said the bill was $499. “That’s exactly why we have to have donations,” she said. “But it’s the best money I’ve spent.”

After spending five days at the vet, Slick is now staying in a pen at the new Humane Society building. He has been eating well and was dressed Wednesday in a sweater that covered the bare area on his body.

He’s skittish, but Smith said he is warming up to her.

She has an idea of how to make him feel even better. Slick apparently has been seen multiple times with another dog. The dog was also seen by a city worker who helped rescue Slick.

Smith hopes to catch that dog so he can be with Slick.  “I think that would be so cool,” she said.

Kevin Ryden can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .