Chicagoans will soon be singing the praises of their pets for a very good cause. The Chicago Pet Project will feature Chicagoans from all walks of life and their pets. Funds raised from the book will be used to help fund Millie’s Mission – a special fund that has been created by The Puppy Mill Project to help defray medical costs from dogs rescued from puppy mills.
“Few rescues can afford to pull dogs or save them from puppy mills because of the exorbitant cost of the veterinary bills for those dogs,” says Cari Meyers, founder of The Puppy Mill Project. “The cost for just basic vet care for many rescue dogs is $250. Because puppy mill dogs have lived in horrible conditions and haven’t had vet care, their medical costs are often much higher. We hope this fund will help more groups rescue these dogs in need.”
The Chicago Pet Project: Portraits and Letters from the Heart has been inspired by The NYC Pet Project. That book featured regular New Yorkers and their pets. The book was under production in 2001 when September 11 occurred and it ended up becoming a record of everyday life in New York during extraordinary times. The book was about families and their pets coping and moving on and raises funds for no kill shelters and rescues.
“The Chicago Pet Project will feature Chicagoans from all walks of life – from celebrities to everyday people – and their pets,” adds Meyers. “It will feature the wonderful photography of Karen Morgan and heartfelt letters from the people featured about their pets. We’ve just started to photograph various well known Chicagoans and it’s a great labor of love.”
The producer of The NYC Pet Project approached The Puppy Mill Project about a Chicago-focused group because he was impressed with the work being done by the organization. Some of those featured in the Chicago version include – Janet Davies, Susanna and Tom Negovan, Chef Gale Gand, Jackie Taylor of the Black Ensemble Theater (to name just a few). Fellow ChicagoNow blogger and national pet journalist Steve Dale is also featured with his wife Robin and their pets. Other Chicagoans are signing on as The Chicago Pet Project rolls on.
The Puppy Mill Project’s annual Mother’s in the Mills benefit is slated for next Saturday, May 10. If you’d like to be featured with your pet, the group is auctioning off a featured page in The Chicago Pet Project. Like others featured, those with winning bids will get a photo shoot that includes their pet by Karen Morgan and their letter to their pet will be featured.
This year’s event will be a big one for The Puppy Mill Project. The group was instrumental in the passage of the Chicago and Cook County ordinances banning the sale of commercial bred cats, dogs and rabbits in pet stores. The goal of the ban is to cut off the sale of puppy mill dogs to pet stores in our community. The event will be at John Barleycorn’s in River North and tickets may be purchased here.
Millie’s Mission is a fund established last year in honor of Meyer’s dog Millie who was rescued from a puppy mill by the National Mill Dog Rescue. Although The Puppy Mill Project is not a rescue, they already helped facilitate the rescue of over 200 dogs.
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