Category: Shelters & Rescues: Behind the Scenes

Dogs Who Fear Men: The Hidden Pains of Women in Rescue

Dogs Who Fear Men: The Hidden Pains of Women in Rescue
I heard a very sad story today, though it is not a unique one. You probably have heard about dogs that fear men. There can be many variations on the theme: Men in hats. Men with beards. Older men. Younger men. White men. Black men. Men in uniforms. Men with glasses. It isn’t that women... Read more »

Adopting a Pet? Six Reasons to Check Out Pets in Foster Homes

Foster homes provide an essential service in the animal rescue system, but they also present a dilemma…you won’t see their animals if you drop by your local shelter or rescue-supporting pet store. In order to see them, you have to call ahead to make an appointment. Here are six important reasons you should make the extra... Read more »

Living in Limbo: An Unfortunate Consequence of the No Kill Movement

Living in Limbo: An Unfortunate Consequence of the No Kill Movement
Update 11/12/15 Pearl has now been adopted although the challenges she faced still impact many rescued dogs. This is Pearl, whom you may recall seeing here before. She entered the animal rescue system through Golf Rose Hospital and Boarding in Schaumburg, a facility that is contracted by several NW Chicago suburb municipalities to take in strays... Read more »
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How Transfer Teams Help Animal Shelters Save Lives

At this blog, you have learned about how homeless animals flow (or not) through the animal control system and have started to meet local rescues through the Better Know a Rescue article series. Recently, we’ve seen how innovative new community programs are seeking to make an impact on the numbers of animals entering shelters. Today, we look... Read more »

Spay Illinois Partners with Businesses, Individuals, in Innovative Sponsorship Program

Spay Illinois Partners with Businesses, Individuals, in Innovative Sponsorship Program
With an estimated 127,000 homeless animals being euthanized each year in Illinois alone, it is increasingly clear that pet overpopulation is a community concern. No doubt you’ve seen many PSAs on the importance of spaying and neutering pets and with good reason: The single most important factor in solving the crisis of dog and cat... Read more »

Senior Pet Adoptions Improve, Though Bonded Pairs Still Face Challenges (P.S. Cocoa Puffs Needs a Home)

Senior Pet Adoptions Improve, Though Bonded Pairs Still Face Challenges (P.S. Cocoa Puffs Needs a Home)
Have you ever wondered who gets the last adoption floor spot in an open admission shelter? Not too long ago, I may not have been able to show you this sweet boy.  At 12 years old, Cocoa Puffs’ last year (and counting) represents both the great gains that have been made for older cats entering the shelter/rescue system and... Read more »
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Foster Parents Serve Critical Role in Saving Kittens' Lives

Foster Parents Serve Critical Role in Saving Kittens' Lives
Have you ever considered volunteering to be a kitten foster? This is an ideal time to offer your help! The demand for foster homes is quite high this time of year as unwanted kitten litters stream into local animal control centers and rescue organizations for one important, life-saving, reason: Kittens (and puppies), that are unweaned, or are... Read more »

Why "Kill Shelters" Exist: An Overview

What happens behind the scenes in animal shelters is a large, complex and emotional topic which will be addressed at many points in this blog. This post provides a basic overview of the shelter (animal control) system. You’ll learn why achieving ‘No Kill’ communities is so challenging and what can be done to help. No humane person ever... Read more »