A Little More About Every Creature Counts.

Our Story

Every Creature Counts is passionate about animal rescue! We are a family of rescuers who have worked with small animal shelters around the Southern Illinois area to foster, transport, or adopt out homeless strays and work with tireless animal advocates to help stop animal overpopulation and shed a spotlight on rampant animal abuse. Our passion has driven us to work with local rescue groups to get animals the help they need.

Foster homes save countless animals who are languishing in shelters. Look at all these cute furry faces, saved from shelter life through animal adoption. 

We are Ryan & Lovelia Horn, foster home providers in Southern Illinois. We started our fostering journey in 2015 after meeting Elanna Bradley of Puppy Rescue 911, Inc. We recognized the need for foster homes to make space for more animals in shelters so we volunteered our small home in Southern Illinois. We didn’t even have a fenced-in yard back then, but being unprepared didn’t deter us. We learned “on the job.”

We have full-time jobs and can’t volunteer in shelters or rescue runs, but we know about the urgent need to rescue abandoned dogs/cats in our area and get them adopted. The best way we could help in Elanna’s advocacy is to volunteer our home as a temporary “decompression site” for scared dogs who have shut down in the noisy shelter environment.

Our pack consists of Twinkie, a beagle-terrier mix adopted in 2010 who’s now arthritic but still the sweetest cuddle buddy ever. Twinkie is also a champion snorer. 


Then we have Hachi, a Shih Tzu-terrier mix we adopted from Puppy Rescue 911 in 2015. Hachi is the only male, hence the alpha in our home. Through Hachi’s Facebook account, we connected with many other dog-loving friends and rescuers.

To honor our rescue chihuahua who passed away in 2017, we adopted Coco, a purebred Shih Tzu who was used as a breeder mama by her former owners. Coco is known as the Diva among our circle of friends because of her snobbish and antisocial behavior. Together, we make up Every Creature Counts. 

Do you want to join our rescue circle?


Beagle mix, 10 years old


Shih Tzu mix, 5 years old


Shih Tzu, 7 years old

Are you Ready to Adopt?

Adopting a shelter animal is one of the most rewarding decisions you could ever do. You’re saving a life and adding more fun to your home with a wiggly little furbaby. Click here for the link to our adoptable pets.

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