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Reality of Rescue: Beginning of a New Era


Big Day: On Saturday, August 1, One Tail at a Time opened its Adoption Center doors for the first time. Since then, it’s been quite a whirlwind of inspiration, support, and dogs on the now infamous blue sofa.

New Tradition: The unique sofa was found in the trash by the volunteer design team from Yellow Brick Home. It looked quite a bit different then, but with some love and hard work their team transformed it into this gorgeous, one of a kind piece that is the hallmark of the Adoption Room.

Heather Blue Sofa

Heather tries out the blue sofa.

“The blue sofa is a bit like our dogs—who come to us in need of love and work and end up someone’s best friend. I suppose we take the old adage that one man’s trash is another’s treasure very seriously here.” – Heather Owen, executive director of OTAT

Increased Adoptions: At the end of the first month, 53 dogs had their photos taken on that special sofa. One Tail at a Time did more adoptions and intakes in August than they ever had before.

“The Adoption Room has been full of volunteers, adopters, donors, and community members wishing us well. The bustling backyard has hosted gatherings and fundraisers and playgroups for our dogs waiting for their homes. There’s never a dull or quiet moment here. It’s been an incredible couple of months.” 

The Future: The next challenge for One Tail at a Time is to figure out how to keep up the momentum so that they can continue to rescue dogs in need.

“Chicago has a tremendous challenge in front of us if we ever want to reach no-kill status. We have high hopes that the Adoption Center will continue to be one of the many solutions out there.”

Call for Community: One Tail at a Time needs temporary (two week) foster homes that don’t have other dogs. Chicago’s Animal Care & Control is still seeing cases of canine influenza and/or kennel cough. In order to rescue dogs from CACC they need dog-free homes to foster while they treat them or make sure they are not sick. If you’re interested in fostering or know somebody else who might be, visit OneTail.org/Foster.

Lend a helping paw and be part of the community:

Donate: OneTail.org

Supply donations: Wishlist (They especially need toys, towels, and treats.

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