In the Know – October/November 2016


What’s going on in Chicagoland’s animal community


In the years since it became a problem, the canine influenza epidemic has seriously hindered rescue efforts and made it more difficult for rescues to pull animals from Chicago’s Animal Care and Control. Alive Rescue has responded to this problem by converting their Little Barn shelter into an isolation center, allowing them to rescue more dogs from CACC. The first of its kind in Chicago, Alive’s new ISO housing unit will be crucial to their animal rescue efforts in a city where dog flu has become increasingly common. Current and future Alive adoptables will be housed in foster homes, with the ISO Center remaining open for as long as funding allows. Visit YouCaring.com/AliveISO to donate to their efforts.

This sweet girl is Moosette, available through the "Good Dog, Forever Dog!" program. Meet her at One Tail at a Time, 2144 N. Wood St, Chicago.

This sweet girl is Moosette, available through the “Good Dog, Forever Dog!” program.
Meet her at One Tail at a Time, 2144 N. Wood St, Chicago.

As our story “Why Won’t Anyone Adopt Me?” addresses, some animals wait in the shelters for a very long time before finding their forever homes. Chicago’s One Tail at a Time is hoping to make the process easier. The shelter’s new “Good Dog, Forever Dog!” program gives long-term shelter residents a paw up on the adoption floor. All dogs within the program have fully sponsored adoption fees, all the specialty supplies they may need (including heavy duty crates, specialty harnesses, etc.), a “foster to adopt” period where potential adopters can first make sure the animal is a good fit for their home, and a lifetime of behavioral and training support through the shelter. In case you were looking for another great reason to add a long-term shelter resident to your home, this is it!


Feline Leukemia Virus positive (FeLV+) cats face lots of trouble getting adopted, and often face euthanization. Tree House Humane Society is helping change the stigma by letting people know that FeLV+ cats are just as desirable and adoptable as cats without the virus. For years the shelter has kept their FeLV+ cats in foster homes, but that all changed on September 1 with the opening of Tree House’s new FeLV+ adoption room. Potential adopters can meet and interact with all of the shelter’s FeLV+ residents, while shelter staff help dispel the harmful myths about the virus. The new adoption room is a bright ray of hope for these stigmatized cats.

John and Rita Canning, with their beloved Black Lab Smokey.

John and Rita Canning, with their beloved Black Lab Smokey.

Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions is opening a new adoption center in Woodstock, and thanks to an incredibly generous donation, the center now has a name. “Smokey’s Haven” will be a safe place for senior pets to live comfortably as they await forever homes. It’s named after Smokey the Labrador, the beloved family pet of the Canning family in Inverness, who donated $500,000 to help the organization build their center. Smokey’s legacy will live on through the generosity of his family, and Smokey’s Haven will provide a safe and loving sanctuary for senior animals in need of homes.


The mission of the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) is to spread the word about the often hidden symptoms of ovarian cancer. Recently joining them in their efforts is Lincoln Park’s Integrative Pet Care, which became a member of OCSA’s Veterinary Outreach Program this summer. The Veterinary Outreach Program is based on the idea that clients who come in to talk about their pet’s health often feel safe opening up about their own health concerns. Vets at Integrative Pet Care will be able to assist clients with information on symptoms of ovarian cancer as well as on finding more information and, if necessary, medical assistance.

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