One Tail at a Time opens doors at new adoption center

One Tail at a Time opens doors at new adoption center
Chocolate Chunk checks out the backyard at One Tail at a Time's new adoption Center.

Today is a big day for one Chicago rescue organization…and a bigger day for the dogs they rescue. One Tail at a Time opens it’s first ever adoption center today and the group is hoping to step up its rescue efforts to save even more lives from Chicago Animal Care and Control and elsewhere.

I’ve been following the work of OTAT since I started blogging about the rescue community. What they’ve done with their group of volunteers, fosters and joint work with other rescues have been amazing and it goes beyond the 1,000 dogs that have been rescued and adopted since 2007.


Mabel is up for adoption at One Tail at a Time's Adoption Center.

After spending time in the community and Chicago Animal Care and Control, One Tail at a Time Founder and Executive Director Heather Owen realized something important – that it would take more than rescue and adoption to drive down Chicago’s euthanasia rate among healthy, adoptable dogs.

The group has sponsored Community Pit Bull Days (in conjunction with Alive Rescue), offering vaccinations, spay and neuter vouchers, training etc. The goal was to offer services and education to keep more dogs with their families and to have more families better prepared to keep the dogs they’ve added to their lives.

One Tail at a Time has also played a vital part in pit bull education in Chicago. They have spoken out passionately and reasonably when Breed Specific Legislation comes up for debate. They have also been a big part of Save Humane Chicago’s Court Case Dog Program working to rehabilitate dogs that have ended up behind bars due to their owners’ cruelty…not their own actions.

Today is the really big day. The day that will enable them to save more dogs and have their own home for more extensive community outreach. The adoption center at 2144 North Wood in Chicago opens officially today with a ribbon cutting and celebration from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with the ribbon cutting at 10:45 a.m. The center will be open for adoptions this weekend from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday.


One Tail at a Time's new adoption center.

One Tail at a Time's new adoption center.

“Our city shelter euthanizes 10 dogs per day with our tax dollars. We want this to stop,” says Owen. “We're opening this center because those dogs that are dying, they're are our responsibility. We're ready to take our city back, and we need everyone's help."

"The Adoption Center will be a space for dogs to live safely until they find their forever homes," Owen said. "Between the love from our volunteers, the socialization in our backyard and the top notch vet care we provide, we think every OTAT dog really hits the jackpot."

I’ve loved following the work that this group has accomplished One Tail at a Time…even more exciting was watching when they launched their online fundraiser so they could raise enough funds to open the doors to their shelter quickly.

OTAT launched its fundraiser on May 13, hoping to raise $70,000 in 70 days to build out the facility in time for the grand opening on August 1. In just 24 hours, the group reached its first milestone of $25,000 raised, and on June 11, it reached its goal of $70,000. Over $80,000 has been raised thanks to over 650 donors from around the world. How cool is that!

I’m looking forward to being able to check it out…and to continue to watch the impact that One Tail at a Time has on our rescue community. If you'd like to learn more about their work in the community, read this article about the Six Legs Foundation.

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