Category: Shelters & Rescues: Behind the Scenes

An Easy, Fast, Inexpensive Way You Can Help Shelter Dogs

An Easy, Fast, Inexpensive Way You Can Help Shelter Dogs
Not able to volunteer? Not sure about fostering? Not ready to adopt? NOT a problem! If you CAN do just one tiny thing, may I suggest picking up a can of cheese (or a package of hot dogs, or  training treats) for your local shelter? That simple, random act of kindness will do more than you think for the pups-in-need there. (As in:... Read more »

Dog Rescuer? Animal Welfare Advocate? Know the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare and Put Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp on Your MUST Read List

Dog Rescuer? Animal Welfare Advocate? Know the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare and Put Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp on Your MUST Read List
NOTE: I make reference to two graphic rescue scenarios in this post as illustrative points in a larger discussion (no images). I will place them in italics so you may skim past if you are sensitive and would just prefer to read about the issues here without the examples. I know a lot of Dog... Read more »

Considering Becoming a Dog Foster? Be Sure to Research Your Rescue and Consider These Questions

Considering Becoming a Dog Foster? Be Sure to Research Your Rescue and Consider These Questions
Foster care providers are THE life’s blood of animal rescue. Open admission shelters, who constantly have to manage space and resources while never knowing what will come through their doors on any given day, rely heavily on rescue organizations to get animals to safety and into adoptive homes. These rescue organizations are largely volunteer-led and donor-supported... Read more »
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From Urgent to Invisible: A Painful Catch-22 in Animal Rescue

From Urgent to Invisible: A Painful Catch-22 in Animal Rescue
Not a day goes by in the lives of frontline animal rescue workers (who are almost entirely volunteers) that they are not alerted to animals in urgent need of rescue. The number of pleas they receive to save animals is staggering. We all know that our open admission shelters and stray animal holding facilities are under constant... Read more »

Understanding 'No Kill', Its Challenges, Controversies and Implications

Understanding 'No Kill', Its Challenges, Controversies and Implications
You may have noticed that I put ‘No Kill’ in quotes. In truth, there are many in animal rescue, particularly in the animal control/animal shelter side of the equation who would like to see the term done away with all together as it connotes a black/white distinction that simply does not exist in practice.  The... Read more »

Dogs Rescued in North Chicago Hoarding Case Still Awaiting Homes Two Years Later

Dogs Rescued in North Chicago Hoarding Case Still Awaiting Homes Two Years Later
In December 2013, thirty dogs, mostly puppies, were discovered in what one reporter stated may have been the worst hoarding case the city of North Chicago had seen. Malnourished, dehydrated and covered in filth with at least two dogs pregnant, the dogs had been discovered living in deplorable conditions in a one bedroom apartment. The owner, in a case of breeding... Read more »
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Animal Rescues: Never Underestimate the Power of an Image (or Your Creativity) to Save Lives

Animal Rescues: Never Underestimate the Power of an Image (or Your Creativity) to Save Lives
Ready to have your mind blown with some very happy news that I hope will inspire the heck out of you? Okay, first a little reality check. Let’s face it. Most people go into animal rescue work because they love animals, not because they want to be marketing directors. I totally get that. And yet, without the willingness of those... Read more »

Shelter Staff Go Above and Beyond But There is Still No Place Like Home

Shelter Staff Go Above and Beyond But There is Still No Place Like Home
UPDATE: Jackie and Ginger have been adopted, but still…you have to look at the photos below…If you knew how many animals the staff at DuPage County Animal Shelter saw enter their doors every year (well over 3,000), you could understand it if the shelter staff got a little “been there, petted that” over the years.... 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 »
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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. Pearl 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 found in their townships as a holding facility. What is... Read more »