1. When Kale Chips was surrendered by his caregiver to Chicago Animal Care and Control, the good-natured Beagle weighed in at a scale- busting 85 pounds. Lacking the resources to care for him, CACC put out an urgent call to local shelters, and One Tail at a Time stepped up to the plate to give Kale Chips the chance at a better, healthier life. Not only is OTAT going above and beyond for this husky Beagle, they’re inspiring others to join Kale Chips on his journey to good health. Their Team Kale Chips Challenge runs through February 28. Walk, run, swim, or bike, and help raise funds for OTAT while getting in better shape. (We bet your dog would love to join you!) Visit OneTail.org/events/team-kale-chips-challenge/ to sign up, and follow Kale Chip’s progress on One Tail at a Time’s Facebook page.
2. It was an unwelcome holiday surprise this past December when Cache Creek Animal Rescue received a notice of eviction at their adoption center in Joliet. Staff at the no-kill shelter, headquartered in Anna, turned to crowdfunding as a final attempt to house their animals. Thirty days later they had raised more than $80,000! Thanks to the outpouring of generous support, Cache Creek is not only going to be able to open a new facility in New Lenox, but also fix flooding issues at their Anna location, build up a greater vet support network for the senior animals, and make necessary repairs on their animal transportation vehicle. Kennel hand and office staffer Tori Spetz summed it up well when she told the Huffington Post that the eviction notice was the worst thing that could have happened, but also a blessing in disguise. To make a donation, visit CacheCreekAnimalRescue.com.
3. In 2004, 3-month-old Pit Bull Moonbeam, was adopted from Save-A-Pet in Grayslake. Over a decade later, the shelter received a call from an organization in New York who said the dog had ended up with them and that a scan of his microchip had led them to Save-A-Pet. Instead of turning their backs on the elderly dog who they’d adopted out so long ago, Save-A-Pet worked with Pilots for Paws to have Moonbeam transported back to his original home (after giving his caregivers a chance to claim him in New York, of course). Three planes and 900 miles later, Moonbeam came back to Grayslake. Like most shelters, Save-A-Pet vows to always provide a loving home for the animals who come through their door, no matter how much time has passed. Moonbeam has adjusted well, and is a gentle guy who loves to give kisses. Better yet, he’s available for adoption! Visit SaveAPetIL.org for more information.