I've spent a lot of my free time helping dogs in rescue since 2007. Sadly (and embarrassingly), one of the places I've helped the least is Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC). This is due to a number of personal reasons, none of which were the facility or dogs themselves.
In August of 2019, I started leading CRISP shifts with my friend Emily, as well as working with her to pull dogs from CACC, (both) for Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR). I've grown to know the staff at Animal Control, work directly with them and the dogs and decided that one of my DECADE RESOLUTIONS (ahem) was to start volunteering at our local intake shelter, myself. Every time I worked a CRISP shift or went with Emily to check out some dogs SCCR was interested in rescuing, I felt a deeper draw to volunteer. I've spent hours stalking adoption event photos, waiting for the dogs I've met in person to find their forever homes. Clearly it's time, right?
During this month's Bissell Empty the Shelter event at Animal Control I saw a post pleading to help them reach over 3,000 adoptions for 2019. This adoption total is DOUBLE what it was two years ago. This excited me so much and nudged me further, to finally sign up and inspired me to challenge you all to do the same. So, I reached out to Tara Majeed and asked her to write a blog about her inspiring volunteer work in helping our local intake shelter flourish and reach these record breaking numbers. I asked her to share how our amazing community of dog lovers can do more at the ground level. Imagine how many more dogs (and cats) could be saved if everyone decided it was time to volunteer!!!
Here is the AMAZING information Tara has put together. Including the links for how to get involved. I have reserved my spot for the January 4th Orientation. Email me, and let me know if you'll join me.
Happy New Year (new decade) Friends. How do you resolve to help more dogs?
xo - jes
Real Dog Moms 2019 Holiday Gift Guide
Looking for something for your beloved dogs this holiday season? Here is our list of must haves for your favorite fido.
We have listed items only tried and valued by our own real dog moms of Chicago team members.
Or in Kerry's case, really desired!
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Written by Rachel Burger of Rescueber Transport NFP
It all began in May of 2018. There was a beautiful Mastiff boy at CRISP (Chicagoland Rescue Intervention Support Program) that was ready for his freedom ride after being surrendered by his owner. A volunteer asked if I could provide that ride and added after I agreed to foster him overnight until his long term foster got home the next day.
Written by Melanie Hofmann with lots of help from Doug’s mom, Mary
Last month, the Real Dog Moms of Chicago set off on another sold out Canine Cruise with Mercury Cruises around the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. After hosting 6 of these cruise events with proceeds benefiting different local rescues, we know to expect a fun afternoon full of great people, smiling pups and amazing skyline photo ops. September’s cruise was a bit different though as we had a very special guest with us this time around.
Written by Chet Piotrowski, Jr.
Originally appeared in the Effingham Daily News
We collected the information for our explanation of Diwali from Dogster.com
Diwali, one of the great celebrations in the Hindu calendar, is a five-day autumn festival generally known as the festival of lights. Each day has its own focus, and specific observances vary from one denomination of Hinduism to another. Regardless of regional and denominational differences, Diwali is a period of gift-giving, storytelling, and recognition of the relationships humans have with all things.
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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.
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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.