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Jul. 25th, 2008

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HUGE NEWS! PLEASE READ! Pet Overpopulation & Safety Ordinance

PAWS Chicago Call to Action: Pet Overpopulation & Safety Ordinance

More info here: http://www.pawschicago.org/animalwelfare/petordinance.htm

Dear PAWS Chicago Supporter:

Next Tuesday, July 29 is a very important day for animal welfare in Chicago. Alderman Ed Burke, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Alderman Rugai, will be introducing the Pet Overpopulation & Safety Ordinance. Alderman Burke and Rugai have drafted this ordinance as a crime-fighting, humane and taxpayer friendly solution to Chicago's pet overpopulation, stray and animal crime problems.

This ordinance will require mandatory spay/neuter for dogs and cats more than 6 months of age. The ordinance includes seven clear exemptions that respect the rights of compliant animal breeders, police dogs, working dogs, show dogs, law enforcement animals and for family pets deemed by a veterinarian to have a valid medical reason not to be spay/neutered.

Those who do not wish to spay/neuter their pets will be able to purchase a breeder's license. Many backyard breeders keep pets in inhumane conditions and are not registered or inspected. This ordinance will require registration of breeders and a mechanism to monitor that breeders engage in safe and humane practices.

We need your support! This ordinance is receiving extremely heavy opposition from breeders and AKC organizations from all over the country.

Here is what you can do to show your overwhelming support of this ordinance:

1) Attend the City Council hearing
When: Tuesday, July 29
Where: Chicago City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Council Chambers, 5th Floor
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Please Note: We will be meeting together at 9:15 a.m. We need as many people as possible to show support. Please RSVP to this email by hitting "reply" if you plan to attend

2) Email or send your own copy of this letter to the Aldermen on the Finance & Licensing Committee today! Please also call every Alderman on this list - they need to hear from you. For the Aldermen list, click here.

This is a very instrumental time for the animal welfare in the city of Chicago and we need your support. The passing of this ordinance will ensure Chicago will be a No Kill city and one of the most humane cities in the nation.

Paula Fasseas
PAWS Chicago Founder & Chair


This is WONDERFUL news and a big step forward to help control our problems here in Chicago. PLEASE do whatever you can to take action, to rally people to support this cause with you...and to spread the word!

You can imagine how much opposition this is getting, so we need to counter that by fighting back against backyard breeders and irresponsible pet owners!

Pass it along!


Jul. 22nd, 2008



Awesome mod dog tags helping US Humane Society!

Hey fellow Chicagoans! I've just started a project near and dear to my heart...I've begun making really fun dog tags, and for each one I sell I'm donating a portion to the Humane Society (Every pet I've ever owned has been adopted from them) please check out my Etsy shop and let me know what you think!

Jul. 9th, 2008



SSHS Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

Taking Appointments
The SSHS Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic will be opening on Monday, July 28th!

Appointments are now being taken for the general public and other animal welfare organizations. Please call 708-755-1110 today!

If you are interested in supporting our clinic with a financial donation, volunteering, or if you have further questions, please feel free to contact our Clinic Director, Sandi Petee, at sandi@sshspets.org or 708-420-5002. Please keep checking our website for clinic updates!

Lower priced special programs will be available at different times throughout the year for low-income areas, feral cats, pit bulls, and other special programs. Call our clinic at 708-755-1110 for more details.

Click here for more information about the Clinic

Jun. 25th, 2008



FDA Requests Seizure of Animal Food Products at PETCO Distribution Center in Joliet, IL

taken from dog_lovers


Today, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Marshals seized various animal food products stored under unsanitary conditions at the PETCO Animal Supplies Distribution Center located in Joliet, Ill., pursuant to a warrant issued by the United States District Court in Chicago.

U.S. Marshals seized all FDA-regulated animal food susceptible to rodent and pest contamination. The seized products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because it was alleged in a case filed by the United States Attorney that they were being held under unsanitary conditions. (The Act uses the term "insanitary" to describe such conditions).

During an FDA inspection of a PETCO distribution center in April, widespread and active rodent and bird infestation was found. The FDA inspected the facility again in May and found continuing and widespread infestation.

"We simply will not allow a company to store foods under filthy and unsanitary conditions that occur as a direct result of the company's failure to adequately control and prevent pests in its facility," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "Consumers expect that such safeguards will be in place not only for human food, but for pet food as well."

The distribution center in Joliet, Ill., provides pet food products and supplies to PETCO retail stores in 16 states including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

FDA has no reports of pet illness or death associated with consumption of animal food distributed by PETCO, and does not have evidence that the food is unsafe for animals. However, the seized products were in permeable packages and held under conditions that could affect the food's integrity and quality.

As a precaution, consumers who have handled products originating from the PETCO distribution center should thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap. Any surfaces that came in contact with the packages should be washed as well. Consumers are further advised as a precaution to thoroughly wash products sold in cans and glass containers from PETCO in the 16 affected states.

If a pet has become ill after eating these food products, pet owners should contact their veterinarian and report illnesses to FDA state consumer complaint coordinators.

Jun. 6th, 2008

fathom eye


Doggy wash!

A friend passed along the following email to me and I thought there would be other folks interested in hearing about this event - they have a number of Bulldogs up for adoption, as well as offering discounts on food/treats if you visit the event!

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Hello Chicago English Bully Rescue Friends and Supporters!

You most likely read our last email several weeks ago as we were preparing for a puppy mill rescue mission. I have great news to report! Through generous donations from friends of rescue we were able to save 14 bullies from a horrific life in a puppy mill! What a success. We plan to have a complete Website live by this weekend which will allow you to get to know each of these girls. The URL: http://www.puppymillrescues.ebullymatch.com.

As you can imagine, it has been a heck of few weeks trying to get all of these bullies, plus our other beautiful rescues, settled and healthy.

COME MEET THEM IN PERSON THIS SATURDAY (JUNE 7th) FROM NOON UNTIL 3PM! We would like to invite you to join us this weekend at Soggy Paws in Chicago from noon until 3pm. We will have most of our available and adoptable bullies on hand to meet their friends and fans, including 10 of the girls we rescued at the auction. The ones that can't make it are recovering from surgeries or are resting because of medical complications. Here are the sweeties that will be there to greet you: Annie Pearl, Biscuit, Buttercup, Emma, Hope, Iris, Leon, Mya, Rufus, Shortcake, Snickers, Sugar, Sunshine, Sweet Pea, Tulip, Twinkie, and special guest appearances by Pearl and Pumpkin, two bullies CEBR rescued from a puppy mill back in November of 2007. Come see how they have flourished! We might even have a few new bullies coming in between now and Saturday for you to meet!

SAVE BIG: SPECIAL DEALS FOR FRIENDS OF BULLY RESCUE ONLY AT SOGGY PAWS! Soggy Paws is providing wonderful deals between the hours of noon and 3pm on Saturday to anyone that comes out to support Chicago English Bulldog Rescue! Simply PRINT OUT THIS EMAIL AND BRING IT WITH YOU FOR:
--$2 off a small or medium size bag of California Natural
--$5 off a large bag of California Natural

California Natural is single protein, single grain so it's great for delicate stomachs and bullies that are prone to allergies. The Herring Formula is especially good for dogs that want to lose a few pounds and regain that beautiful bulldog hourglass figure.

--20% off Glucosamine Treats - Perfect for promoting better hip health
--20% off Sam's Yams Sweet Potato Chews - Hard yam chew treats that are a much better alternative to rawhides

PLUS, $5 FROM EVERY SELF-WASH BATH COMES BACK TO CHICAGO ENGLISH BULLDOG RESCUE! If your bully's smelly mug can't get any stinkier, plan on bringing him in for a self-wash bath! Soggy Paws has all of the fixin's. Just bring your bully, get them into the tub, scrub away and leave the mess for someone else! Soggy Paws will donate $5 from every bully self-wash bath directly back to rescue. Be sure to get there between noon and 3pm!

The event will be held at the Soggy Paws Uptown Location at 1148 Leland Ave, Chicago. Soggy Paws phone is (773) 334-7663 and their Web site is http://www.soggypaws.com/events.html.

REMEMBER TO PRINT OUT THIS EMAIL FOR THE DISCOUNTS! Hope to see you Saturday from noon to 3pm.

Molly and the CEBR Gang!

Jun. 3rd, 2008

fathom eye



June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (as designated by the ASPCA).

I brought home my own second kitty from a shelter in Iowa about two months ago. I had originally planned to adopt a different cat there, but it was clear the handsome boy would do best if adopted with his brother, and I cannot have three cats. (So I brought home the darling girl I dubbed Kaylee.)

Apparently he and his brother are still not adopted, so I want to highlight them and say that if you know anybody who lives in Iowa and is willing to adopt -- or, like me, you're willing to do a road trip 4-5 hrs one way to adopt these handsome boys -- Jellybean and Pumpkin are about 14 months old, spayed, have shots, house trained, and just a sweet, charming, very handsome pair of tabby boys. Pumpkin is the more outgoing of the two, but they both get along with other cats, and are obviously close to one another.

It's also a fairly new no-kill shelter - I believe the lady who ran the place told me they've been open about a year - and I was glad to be able to pass on a copy of Chicagoland Tails and talk about PAWS to her when I picked up my kitty.

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May. 24th, 2008



Critter Corral Pignic

Host: The Critter Corral
Date: Sunday, June 8, 2008
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Bemis Woods
Street: Grove 5
City/Town: Western Springs, IL

The Pignic is Almost Here!! Our 9th Annual Pignic will be on Sunday, June 8th at Bemis Woods in Western Springs. We will be located at Grove 5. Time is from 12 to 4. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us for a day of fun and games. Piggies of course are invited!

Apr. 18th, 2008



IL Doberman Rescue Adoptathon, Sun April 20th

Join us at Alexander's Doggie Daycare Resort & Grooming Spa.

Meet many of our wonderful dogs at one special event. Our fabulous Doberboys and girls will be bringing their foster parents who will be able to answer your questions about them and help you through the adoption process.

You can even meet a “plus” dog or two!

If you are an approved adopter you will be able to take home your new family member that very day!

Can you answer YES to any of the following questions?
*I would like to meet the Dobermans and begin the approval process to adopt.
*I’m interested in learning about becoming an approved IDR+ Foster Home or volunteer.
*I am interested in understanding more about the Doberman breed.
*I am looking to purchase some totally cool and exclusive Doberman merchandise!

Please come and meet us!

WHEN: Sunday, April 20th
TIME: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WHERE: Alexander's Doggie Daycare Resort & Grooming Spa
15412 S. 70th Court, Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 535-woof (9663)

Please R.S.V.P: Diane5807@yahoo.com

~Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus~

Apr. 14th, 2008

Rescue Farm icon


How can people be so cruel?

Incase I've never posted here before, I volunteer almost on a full-time basis outside of college for a no-kill, non-profit, all-breed animal rescue in southern Indiana called Rescue Farm. It's my life and I've grown to love the work I get to do with the animals. Every once in a while, I experience more than just a dog who was left behind at the shelter, that is one who has been mistreated.


Last Thursday, the pound that we pull animals from called and asked if we'd be willing to take in a dog with broken legs. They knew they didn't have to ask, as we often take in dogs who have been hit by cars, need eye surgery, etc.

But this particular story is just so sad. IACC got a call that someone had put a 6-month-old Miniature Pinscher in a dumpster. Unfortunately it was the trash men calling, stating that they didn't know and had lifter the dumpster up over the truck and dumped it. LUCKILY, the pup barked and they discovered her before she was compacted!
IACC went to pick her up and it was discovered that her legs were broken. It was initially thought that this occurred from being dropped into the truck, but upon taking her to our vet for x-rays, it was discovered that it wasn't.

Tinker's two back legs are fractured and her pelvis is SMASHED. Our vet's guess is that she was kicked, extremely hard, in the toosh. The worst part is that her fractures are over 2 weeks old! So after two weeks of letting her suffer with broken legs and pelvis, they decided to toss her in the garbage. THE CRUELTY OF SOME PEOPLE!

Although, she is unable to walk right now, Tinker is very bright and happy. She is on pain medication and is enjoying having lots of food, toys, and attention!
In the next couple of weeks Tinker will be going through several surgeries in an attempt to fix the damage done to her legs so that hopefully she will be able to walk again. If the surgery works, it will be another 3 mths before this little girl will be healed enough to find a home and family of her own.

Rescue Farm is a very small operation that receives no outside funding. We rely on donations to help pay for operation costs like Tinkers. If you have any money or even well wishes to spare, please send some our way!! You can donate through the link on Petfinder.com or go to our website at www.rescuefarm.org and select the "Make a Donation" button on the left side of the page.
Any little bit will help our little girl Tinker!! We are 501(c)3 non-profit rescue so DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

And if you have nothing to give, don't worry. Volunteers at Rescue Farm will sell our plasma, clothes, cars, and go bankrupt before we let an animal suffer! She will get the care she needs no matter what, but anything you could give, even if it's a buck, will help--believe me!

Thanks for letting me share this story...


Apr. 2nd, 2008



not domestics but still a rescue

Family Day / Open House
Season Opener!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and see how "Charlie" has grown!

Presentations begin at 10:30

Admission $1.00

Food, Drinks, Raffle Drawings, Clothing, Jewelry, Music, Fun!!
Now accepting credit/debit cards for merchandise.

Big Run Wolf Ranch
14857 Farrell Rd., Lockport, IL 60441 

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