We must do more. So, that's what we are going to do.
When I started ALIVE Rescue, I made a promise to myself and our community. ALIVE Rescue's mission was to rescue dogs and cats that were at risk for euthanasia from Chicago open access shelters. As long as Chicago was NOT no-kill, we would do our part to help dogs and cats locally. In March of 2015 everything changed. Canine influenza (CI) entered our shelters. We were no longer able to rescue dogs locally and bring them to our adoption center, The Little Barn. We were also no longer able to rescue dogs and place them into our foster homes. Due to the highly contagious nature of CI, we had to re-think how we did rescue.
We immediately began begging for ISO foster homes (homes with no other dogs or dogs who have already contracted CI). Many amazing ISO foster homes stepped up to the plate (THANK YOU!!!). Unfortunately, we still do not have a sufficient number of ISO foster homes to meet demand of dogs needing rescue from animal control. As time went on, we realized the magnitude of this epidemic. Not only would we need many more ISO fosters, we would need to raise A LOT more money to give these dogs the care they needed to recover and become healthy again. We are not the only one facing these challenges. Many of our rescue partners were similarly affected.
As time went on, we watched as highly adoptable dogs sat at animal control begging for rescue. Dogs that would have before been rescued immediately. We watched as dogs were marked URGENT so much quicker than before. We watched as many of these dogs were euthanized because the shelters had reached capacity. We did what we could based on what our ISO foster home situation allowed. However, we need to do more.
ALIVE Rescue is lucky enough to have a small adoption center in the city called The Little Barn. Up until this point the barn has served as a place for our long term residents, pregnant and nursing dogs, dogs requiring individualized training, adoption events, and for our cats. The Little Barn has served as an essential part of our rescue and it's about to become a lot more vital.
We are working hard to prepare and transform The Little Barn into a Special Isolation Center (SIC) for dogs exposed to canine influenza. Over the coming weeks you will see many freedom rides from animal control to the barn. The dogs will remain at the barn for a minimum of 21 days while we provide them with emergency care, medication, vetting and the love they need to get healthy and ready for adoption. From here, they will go into foster homes if they are not already adopted in order to make room for more CI infected dogs that urgently need to be rescued.
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
1) Make a tax-deductible DONATION to ALIVE Rescue to help cover the medical costs we will incur from this mass rescue.
As a thank you, donors will receive the following for their donation:
$25.00 Donors = Will receive a personalized "Thank you" via email from one of our ISO pups.
$50.00 Donors = Will receive a personalized video via email from one of the ISO dogs we rescue.
$100.00 Donors = ALIVE Rescue t-shirt
$150.00 Donors = Name an ISO dog we rescue
$250.00 Donors = Personalized, Engraved "Lucky for Life" Horseshoe that will hang at The Little Barn (details at http://www.aliverescue.org/about-us/the-little-barn/)
$500.00 + Donors = Private tour of The Little Barn to meet all the ISO residents.
2) Consider becoming a FOSTER parent for one of these ISO pups once they are ready to leave the Special Isolation Center. Apply to foster today at http://www.aliverescue.org/adoption/adoptionfoster-application/.
3) SHARE and spread the word about how we are trying to make a difference in Chicago.
4) Sign up to become a volunteer at The Little Barn ~ Special Isolation Center at http://www.aliverescue.org/volunteer/application/.
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. You have no idea how much your support means to me and to all of the animals we are going to save thanks to your donation.
ALIVE Rescue, Founder