HELP CHICAGO'S SHELTER ANIMALS GET HAPPY & HEALTHY!
SOME SHELTER PETS NEED A LITTLE EXTRA HELP TO FIND THEIR NEW HOMES....OSO NEEDED LOTS OF EXERCISE, MORE SPACE, AND A SPECIAL ADOPTION EVENT
After Oso’s owner died last September, he found himself scared, confused, and alone in the shelter. Despite his sad situation, Oso tried to put on a happy face and always greeted every guest with happy barks and tail wags. This friendly boy craved attention, so much so that he would inadvertently scare adopters away with his big bark, which he only used to say: “Come play with me!” We all fell for Oso, and discovered that he was full of tricks! Not only did he always sit immediately upon request, but he proudly shook hands with BOTH paws! We really hoped that Oso would find his home before Christmas, but the holidays came and went, with Oso still waiting patiently in his kennel. Many volunteers ensured that Oso would get outside daily for fresh air, playtime, and to practice his tricks! Finally we held a special adoption event just for Oso and a wonderful family drove down from Wisconsin to take him home!
...THE GREASE MONKEYS NEEDED TO BE BOTTLE FED AND 24-HOUR CARE
The Grease Monkeys arrived at CACC thanks to a kind employee from a local junkyard. As he was prepping cars to be flattened in the compactor, he heard squeals, so before hooking the car up to the crane, he looked inside and found three baby kittens inside the glove compartment. He brought them to the shelter and while waiting in line to check them in, his co-worker ran in with another littermate that he rescued right before the car was to be crushed. All four babies were quickly warmed, fed, and burped, and were later transferred to an experienced foster home.
Oso and the Grease Monkeys are just a few of the more than 16,000 animals that arrived at CACC in 2018. About half were dogs and half were cats, Some were strays and others were left by guardians who could no longer care for them. Some were confiscated from people who abused, neglected, or left them behind to fend for themselves.
WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN PROVIDE THE SPECIAL CARE MANY OF OUR ANIMALS NEED
Some of our animals only stay for a short time. Others stay weeks or months - especially the animals with health or behavior issues - shy, scared, barky, jumpy, hissy or with other “undesirable” behaviors. Most of these animals are just scared or stressed, and with a little extra help, they can blossom into wonderful companions.
This is why we are launching the “Happy & Healthy” Campaign.
Chicago’s City Shelter is tax-payer funded, which covers the basic expenses of temporarily caring for homeless animals. But Chicago wants more for them because we are not only the 'City of Big Shoulders' - we are also a 'City of Big Hearts'.
As the municipal open intake animal shelter in the third largest city in the country, we want to do more to keep our shelter animals happy and healthy during their stay, and to get them home more quickly, so we need your help:
We need to raise $50,000 in 2019 to help fund some essential “extra” services and equipment for our shelter animals. With this extra support, we’ll build new play lots and runs to help exercise sick dogs, purchase new medical equipment to improve diagnostic capabilities and life-saving treatment for sick and injured animals, fund overnight emergency care for animals who might otherwise have to be humanely euthanized, and purchase enrichment toys, tools and equipment to help keep the animals mentally as well as physically healthy.
The last few years have seen major improvements in Chicago’s City Shelter, leading to the highest ever live release rate in 2018 with 91% of the animals leaving the shelter via adoption, return-to-owner or transfer to one of our partner organizations. Although this was a milestone, it was not easy, and we want to do even better.
We know that there are many worthy causes to support in our community, but CACC is “ground zero” for homeless animals in Chicago, so supporting the city’s only open-intake facility is one way to really impact the whole community as many go on to foster homes with our rescue partners in addition to those who are adopted directly from the shelter.
Please consider donating what you can today, and know that you can see your gift in action any day of the week between 12 - 7 p.m. when the shelter is open to visitors without an appointment.
*Your gift of $25 will help outfit our dogs and cats with the appropriate collars and leashes so they can leave safely, and stay safe at home.
*Your gift of $50 will help purchase enrichment toys and equipment to help keep dogs and cats mentally and physically healthy during their stay at the shelter.
*Your gift of $100 will help construct new play areas and improve current ones so dogs and cats can stretch their legs and enjoy needed daily playtime.
*Your gift of $250 will help fund life-saving emergency overnight care when the shelter is closed
*Your gift of $500 will help purchase state-of-the art medical equipment to help CACC better diagnose and treat chronic and acute conditions and get the animals back into the homes they deserve.
Any amount will help and will be appreciated by Chicago’s shelter animals!