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Willow Shines a Light on Chicago’s Neglected Animals

November 18, 2013 by Tails Magazine in Chicago, Featured, Rescue with 2 Comments

One night, on a freezing Chicago street, a severely emaciated and starving dog was found neglected and alone. Today, her story towards recovery speaks to all as a message of hope, awareness, and the power of animals to heal and be healed.

Willow when she first came to the shelter. Image: Felines & Canines

Willow when she first came to the shelter. Image: Felines & Canines

Willow, a fawn colored Pit Bull type dog, was taken in by Chicago Animal Care and Control and then to rescue organization Felines & Canines. Initially she was frightened and incredibly fragile––weighing in at 22 pounds (about half of what she should weigh), rescue workers were unsure whether she would survive the night. A couple weeks later, Willow is gaining weight, and enchanting her caretakers with her gentle nature. ”She is an outrageously kind, loving, affectionate, trusting dog who will make a wonderful companion once she has healed,” Kelly Thompson, Felines & Canines’ development director, told Chicago Now.

A happier and healthier Willow gives kisses to one of her vets. Image: Felines & Canines

A happier and healthier Willow gives kisses to one of her vets. Image: Felines & Canines

If you’re interested in helping this sweet girl, you can make a donation online to help pay for her considerable medical expenses, or mail donations to Felines Inc., PO Box 60616, Chicago, 60060. Note that the donations are for Willow’s Fund. Visit Felines & Canines Facebook Page to follow Willow’s recovery, and learn more by watching the video below.

And remember, if you see something, say something-–no dog gets to Willow’s state overnight, and with some intervention by compassionate strangers, other animals in similar heartbreaking situations could be saved earlier.

Another way to help:

In honor of Willow, Hendricks Board has put together a unique line of “Say Something” apparel. Buy through this Sunday, November 24, and $10 of your purchase will go directly to Willow’s fund! Click here to start shopping.

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2 Comments

  1. KathyNovember 25, 2013 at 7:15 pmReply

    A angel rescued her….now she will be a angel in someone home…..

    Shame on anyone who could ignore that poor dogs pain….

  2. Christine ReillyNovember 20, 2013 at 2:16 pmReply

    Thank you all for saving Williow. Would like to see an update on her soon.

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