You may have heard the famous Margaret Mead quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Having been in the local animal community for more than sixteen years, I have met more passionate, committed, hardworking, kind, and generous people than I could ever count. But every once in a while someone shows up who shines so brightly they are hard to miss.
When I met Heather Owen, executive director of One Tail at a Time Dog Rescue, I was immediately impressed. This petite, tattooed, sweet-looking blonde woman seems to think a couple of steps ahead of most people, and definitely understands that it’s all about doing, not just talking.
And doing she is. She recently left her career as a litigation attorney to spearhead the opening of a brick and mortar adoption center in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, while also expanding OTAT’s operations. Owen is following her heart and trusting her gut, because she believes we are failing our city’s animals, and as a community, we can do better. In my opinion, Heather Owens is a natural-born leader, and if anyone can help steer us in a direction of saving more lives and being more compassionate to the animals in our city, she can.
In upcoming issues and online at TailsInc.com, we will be following the trials and tribulations that Owen faces on her path to growing a grassroots, volunteer- based dog rescue into a full-time shelter. Readers will understand more about what it takes to run a rescue group, witness the challenging times, celebrate the milestones, and learn how we can all do our part to stop killing so many animals in the Chicago area simply because we do not have the space or resources.
We are excited to see what’s possible, and look forward to being along for the ride on the journey that lies ahead.