The animal rescue community is better and stronger when everyone works together, which is why we’re so excited to share a new partnership among some of our very favorite shelters and organizations. Lulu’s Locker, One Tail at a Time, ALIVE Rescue, Players for Pits, the Fetching Tails Foundation, and Chicago Canine Rescue have joined forces to create the Chicagoland Rescue Intervention & Support Program (CRISP). CRISP will work in tandem with Chicago Animal Care & Control (CACC) to bring collaborative support to the area’s pets in need. One of their first initiatives includes staffing the “Animobile” outside CACC, providing resources and options to people who are coming to surrender their pet.InMay—their first month of operation— CRISP helped keep 27 animals in their homes. For more information, visit Facebook.com/CRISPPage
First there was Eloise at The Plaza, and now there’s Parker at the Park Hyatt. Only difference—one’s a Pug! The Park Hyatt adopted Parker from PAWS Chicago, and gifted her with a life of luxury at the five-star hotel. Aside from endless affection from her loving staff family and thousands of hotel guests, Parker drinks out of a gilded bowl, lounges on lobby sofas, and snoozes peacefully among the rooftop gardens. Parker was brought to PAWS from Tennessee, where she was found with a badly damaged left eye (since removed) and a urinary tract infection. Her care is split among staff members, who take turns walking her, feeding her, and giving her medications. Keep up with Parker’s extravagant life on Instagram, where her hotel family and guests share photos with her— #ParkerThePug and #BarkHyattChicago.
The healing bond of animals has been proven to help people cope with a range of ailments—physical, mental, and emotional. At senior care community Sunrise of Crystal Lake, they bring this benefit to their residents, specifically those dealing with Alzheimer’s. “When living with Alzheimer’s, there are feelings of insecurities, anxiety, fear, loneliness, and confusion,” says Jaime Murphy, Sunrise of Crystal Lake’s activities and volunteer coordinator. “That is pretty similar to what displaced shelter animals feel. Scared of the unknown, a new strange environment, and a feeling of displacement.” Sunrise of Crystal Lake teamed up with Woodstock’s Helping Paws Animal Shelter, and now residents spend an hour each month with the shelter animals—bonding, relaxing, and giving and receiving comfort and unconditional love. The visits not only give residents purpose, says Murphy, they also bring back treasured memories of previous pets. Given the positive results so far, we hope more senior care facilities start similar shelter visit programs.
Welcome to HP, Orphans of the Storm. The Deerfield-based shelter recently opened up a new location in Highland Park, at 468 Central Avenue.
Chicago’s Anti-Puppy Mill bill is now in full effect. If you see a pet store in Chicago selling commercially bred dogs, cats, or rabbits call 311 immediately to report. Not sure if an animal is from a mill? Ask the store owner where the pet came from. If they say “a breeder,” ask about the pet’s mom. If they don’t know, it’s pretty clear where he or she came from.
Keep your pot away from your pets. Local veterinarians are seeing an increase in emergency room visits from pets who have gotten their paws on weed brownies or other edibles. Roscoe Village-based MedVet saw 20 dogs suffering from marijuana toxicity during the month of June, up from the typical five to 10.