INTRODUCTION BY JES HILTNER
Doing good while having fun is our thing. So it should come as no surprise why we INSTANTLY fell in love with Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) earlier this year.
I digress. At the end of last year I finally scored a date with someone I’d stalked via the internet for MONTHS (Her name is Emily, and she one of their biggest supporters, see photo below. I’m obsessed with her dogs) and we talked about all things rescue and in that conversation we decided to host an event for her beloved rescue; our first ever Mother’s Day Mini Photo Sessions. What blew my mind was that their intake manager, Jennifer: a Full Time Volunteer; a Full Time Wedding Photographer; Full Time Mother of 3 small humans, one dog and one cat; and a foster mom to dogs and cats, offered to photographer the event for $FREE.99! To date we’d always paid photographers (albeit heavily discounted from their normal rates) so this was the most incredible and generous offer.
When it came time for the event, I was floored to see so many from their community come to support them by booking sessions, including their President and their own volunteers showed up to help. I mean that sounds normal, but for us it’s not. We are delighted to be 3rd party fundraisers for rescues, but that usually means we just hand over money. So to have this group show up AND help, was exciting. AND caused me to fall head over heels for their organization.
I soon went through their orientation, then promptly drove a rescue transport to Kentucky and back; signed my folks up to foster dogs; drive local transports; coordinate events; handle dogs at adoption events, and now am coordinating a grant for them.
Thanks to Best Friends Animal Society and the Rachel Ray Foundation, we get to offer $10 Spay / Neuters to bully breeds pulled from Animal Welfare League to partnering rescues.
But enough about my obsession with them, because I could go on forever. It’s time for you to learn a wee bit about them and how you, too, can get involved. I would LOVE to see more volunteers helping grow their mission within Chicago’s city limits!
by Jacquie Cobb (President of Second City Canine Rescue)
What do you get when you put together a fun-loving group with a passion for dogs? Second City Canine Rescue! What started back in 2011 as an all-volunteer organization of just a few people has grown into a progressive dog rescue with over 200 volunteers … who have saved the lives of over 3,000 dogs. Let me say that again for impact…. THREE. THOUSAND. DOGS.
How can you get involved? The possibilities are endless! Anything from fostering, handling at adoption events, fundraising, helping at community events, and administrative tasks are always needed.
Opening up your home to just one dog saves the life of two – that dog and the one in the cage that opened up at animal control. Fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences that you can have, and we provide everything you need! Supplies (food, crate, collar/leash, toys, beds…literally whatever is needed), veterinary care (we have veterinary partners all over the city and suburbs!), training, and most importantly … support! Our network of volunteers are happy to answer questions, help with introductions with your own pets, and give encouragement throughout the process.
We pride ourselves on creating good foster (and adoptive) matches – you’ve got small kids? We’ll make sure to put a kid-friendly pooch in your home! You have a passion for local pitties? We’ve got plenty in our local shelters just waiting for you!!! You love small, fluffy, old female dogs? We can make that happen! Unfortunately, there are all sorts of dogs in shelters both in our local area and in other areas of the country … which means we can find you a great match.
Consider joining or supporting SCCR in our mission to rescue homeless animals and responsibly place them into permanent, loving homes.
Volunteer app: https://www.sccrescue.org/volunteer/
REAL DOG MOMS OF CHICAGO
Our goal is to connect dog rescues, dog-friendly businesses & dog lovers. Based in Chicago, Illinois, we host fun events for dogs & humans at great places with all proceeds going to local dog rescues.