Sometimes it takes a village to solve a problem and sometimes it takes a city to solve a problem. Residents of Chicago showed up in droves to solve a problem that could have cost hundreds of shelter dogs their lives. Last Thursday, Chicago Animal Care and Control shelter hit maximum capacity and were forced to consider euthanizing dogs to make additional space.
But before they issued the euthanization order, they turned to the public for help. And Chicago answered the call! A weekend total of 59 dogs were adopted from Chicago Animal Care and Control shelter, including the shelter’s longest resident, a bully breed named Miley. The turnout was so large that some potential rescuers waited over an hour to view the dogs up for adoption.
A statement released by the shelter thanked the public for showing up,. “While there is more work to be done and new dogs and cats arrive at the shelter daily, many kind, compassionate people shared information about (Chicago Animal Care and Control) animals with their communities, dropped off donations, and best of all, came to adopt a dog!” the shelter said in a statement late Monday.
Chicago recently launched a new initiative to support animal rescues and rescuers. The program offers potential pet owners a $100 rebate to adopt a shelter dog and supply a forever home, all they must do is complete a basic dog obedience course to collect the rebate. In addition, the new initiative also offers rescue groups $200 for every shelter dog they take into their organization from city shelters.
But it wasn’t just individuals that answered the call, rescue organizations across the region show up in numbers to help ease the burden on Chicago Animal Care and Control. The nonprofit Friends for Animal Care and Control help move 11 dogs to the PetSmart PetsHotel, to help free up additional room. And rescue organizations that specialize in finding foster homes helped to find temporary homes for multiple dogs at the shelter.
Great stories were born out of this emergency. For Example, Players for Pits, a nonprofit no-kill rescue committed to saving pit bulls and pit bull mixes, adopted Miley, who had been at the shelter for six months. “Miley has a heartbreaking story, but she is ending that chapter and starting new with us,” the rescue group posted on Facebook. “She was brought in as a stray in July and spent her summer, fall and winter in a small concrete cage.” Miley became the 13th dog Players for Pits has rescued this year. “It didn’t take us long to fall in love with this same dog that all the volunteers have been pushing so hard for,” the group said in its post. “We spent a few hours with her. Despite her depressed demeanor, she was an angel.”
We at Digital Doggy would like to thank the heroes that showed up huge numbers to answer Chicago Animal Care and Control’s emergency call. And we would like to encourage our audience to help out if possible. Donations of money or food can go a long way to easing the burden that Chicago Animal Care and Control shelter faces.