President Laura Flamion's August Appeal Letter to the Community
Dear Friend to the Animals,
I have a favor to ask you.
Summertime is one of the busiest times of year at DuPage County Animal Care & Control (DCACC). It is the most common time for people to surrender animals as they get ready to go on vacation, move, or their child goes off to college and the family pet is no longer wanted.
The summer months also bring many stray animals, as they get spooked by
fireworks, storms, or they simply get out of the yard. Add to this the fact that warm weather brings lots of kittens.
Since January 1st of this year, DCACC has taken in 1,382 animals, with 550 of them arriving in the last two months alone.*
DCACC currently has approximately 150 cats and kittens, 25-30 dogs and 28-30 small animals on the adoption floor, waiting for stray holds, surgeries, temperament tests or to be transferred to foster homes and partner rescues.*
There are even more felines in foster homes that will be returning to the shelter for their turn at adoption in the coming weeks.
So, you can see why I need to ask for your help.
This whole month of August, DCACC is participating in the Best Friends’ “Adopt to Save Them All” Summer Promotion which allows you to add that furry friend to your family at a reduced adoption fee or in some cases, no fee.**
It gets even better.
On August 19th, DCACC will be participating in the NBC Clear the Shelters nationwide adoption event.
Visit the shelter that day (120 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton) and meet animals from our partner rescue groups who will be joining us in helping you meet amazing pets.
Our Goal Is For Every Animal Up For Adoption To Find A Home!
To participate in these promotions, we need to cover the adoption expenses for these animals. So much goes into getting an animal ready to meet a new family. DCACC provides shelter, food, exercise, medical attention, training, behavioral support and more.
You can help these animals get home when you buy raffle tickets in our DuPage Animal Friends Trip Giveaway or when you donate to our August Subsidized Adoption Appeal.
Finally, please spread the word to adopt, don’t shop. The month of August is a great time to add that pet you have been thinking about to your family.
DuPage Animal Friends
*Shelter numbers as of August 1, 2017.
**All potential adopters still must complete the standard application process.
P.S. Please make a direct impact on the lives of abandoned and unwanted pets in the community by buying raffle tickets or making a gift to the August Subsidizied Adoption Appeal today. Thank YOU!
RAFFLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW
We are thrilled to offer you the opportunity to win 2 round-trip domestic flights and a $200 Marriott hotel stay! Help support DuPage County Animal Care & Control adoptions and get your name entered to win the DuPage Animal Friends Grand Raffle Trip Giveaway! Travel e-passes have been generously donated by Southwest Airlines.
3 ways you can purchase grand raffle tickets:
The Grand Prize Trip Drawing is scheduled at 3 pm at the DuPage Animal Friends Booth during the Clear the Shelter Event. The winning ticket will be drawn randomly from all eligible tickets. Winner need not be present to win.
DuPage Animal Friends is proud to support DCACC animals, staff, volunteers, and the foster & rescue community of DuPage County. Your raffle ticket purchase and direct donations help subsidize adoptions with the goal to help pets find their forever homes.
Yes, I want to help animals & buy raffle tickets for a chance to win 2 round-trip Southwest airline tickets and a $200 Marriott gift card!
Thank YOU for being a bright light in a homeless animal's life!
Giving thanks for the thousands of lives saved, and remembering those lives that, though lost, remain our motivation and source of hope.
by Kristie Lacaros, DCACC Shelter Manager
The following was read aloud during the recent DuPage County Animal Care &Control's Caged For Canines event. We thought you would like to read the touching words Kristie wrote that speaks to the successes and challenges DCACC faces in their life-saving efforts.
We have so many success stories to celebrate at DuPage County Animal Care & Control (DCACC). However, there are times when we are hit with the reality of animal sheltering. Times we are reminded that our successes, though many, are never to be taken for granted. These painful reminders often come in the form of an animal who, for the staff and volunteers that rally around them in the hopes of helping them overcome the odds stacked against them, leave a lasting impression on your heart.
From the moment Edgar arrived as a stray on a cold January day, we knew he would face an uphill battle.
Painfully matted, suffering from vasculitis and a terribly uncomfortable skin condition that left him riddled with painful, scaly patches and ulcerations over his body, Edgar was what you might describe as a “mess”. Despite his painful condition, Edgar remained a sweet and gentle soul. Shelter staff went to work right away: shaving away his matted fur, treating his skin condition, providing him some relief from the pain. Over the next several weeks, DCACC’s Veterinarian and staff continued to do whatever possible to help Edgar heal, with only limited success.
By nature of the unfamiliar sights and sounds, even for an animal in good health, the stress of shelter life can take its toll. Just as in humans, stress can cause an animal’s immune system to become compromised. For an animal in already poor health, battling your way back to health in a shelter environment can be twice as challenging. Staff and volunteers pulled out all the stops to make Edgar feel as comfortable and loved as possible; spending quiet time with Edgar in his kennel or outdoors, taking Edgar on “field trips” for gourmet dog treats, spending days hanging out with staff in the office as a reprieve from the kennel.
But sometimes the reality of animal sheltering becomes all too real when our best efforts and best intentions prove to be not enough.
Despite the love, attention and care showered on Edgar and our sheer determination to help him overcome the odds, Edgar became increasingly depressed. Ultimately Edgar’s little body couldn’t fight any longer. Edgar quietly passed away at the shelter on March 13th while surrounded by the people that cared for him for nearly two months. Though technically without a home, Edgar left this world surrounded by dozens of people who genuinely loved him and grieved his loss.
Stories like Edgar’s are what make DCACC so different from stereotypical Animal Controls and leave a lasting impression on all those involved. Though often the source of tears and heartache at the onset, these painful moments have a way of reigniting the passion and determination of all those affected.
Those of us in the rescue “trenches” are often asked by others how we find the strength do what we do.
Ironically, it is often the “losses”, more so than the “wins”, that provide us with the strength and the resolve to move past the loss, dig deeper, and work harder to honor the memory of those that did not find their happily-ever-after by helping others realize a different outcome.
Let us take a moment to give thanks for the thousands of lives saved, and to remember those lives that, though lost, remain our motivation and source of hope.
We ask you, our pet-loving community friend, to spread the word that DuPage County Animal Care & Control cares and the shelter is an inspiring place to visit. It is full of wonderful animals looking for their hero adopter to walk through the door.
By Susie Blaho
What is an Orange Paw volunteer, you ask?
Orange Paws is an elite group of DuPage County Animal Care & Control volunteers who are part of the shelter’s S.T.A.R. (Structured Training and Reinforcement) program.
Orange Paw (OP) volunteers work with “special needs” dogs: those that are scared, lack confidence, or have behavioral problems. They dedicate countless hours to learning dog handling skills that allow them to work with these special dogs.
Orange Paw volunteers provide the dogs with enrichment and socialization in an effort to improve the dogs' lives while at the shelter, preparing them for success with a new family.
Ella is a perfect example of a "special needs" dog. She arrived at the shelter emaciated and afraid of everything and everyone. OP volunteers worked on building her confidence, showing her love and teaching her basic manners.
Ella blossomed under their guidance. And just last week, DuPage County Animal Care & Control staff and OP volunteers were all smiles as Ella left the building with an amazing rescue! The rescue and foster home will continue her education and find her the perfect family.
Below you see two pictures of Ella flourishing into the happy, healthy, well-mannered dog that OP volunteers and staff knew she could become.
And that, folks, is what it's all about.
Please consider supporting Orange Paw efforts with a tax deductible donation that will go directly to funding enrichment items for the homeless dogs in the care of DuPage County.
> YES! I want to give a gift to help homeless dogs in DuPage gain confidence and learn the skills they need to live a happy life with a new family
Caged for Canines Event! On June 24th from 5:00pm -11:00pm DuPage County Animal Care & Control's Orange Paw volunteers and staff will provide an after hours view into shelter life. You will have this view right from the comfort of your couch, via Facebook. Join this Facebook Event now and see the shelter from a dog's perspective.
We at DuPage Animal Friends had the privilege of sharing a little about DuPage Animal Friends on WDCB 90.9 FM. President Laura Flamion and Secretary Julie Cooper spoke with morning host Gary Zidek on the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn.
Laura and Julie explain...
By Keelin Guinan
You can help our animals by DOUBLING your impact when you donate to our DuPage Human Race Fundraising page because REX AND JAKE ARE GOING TO MATCH YOUR GIFT, UP TO $2000! Yes, these are two adorable fluff balls that own a pair of humans that want to help our animals benefit from this charity challenge. They believe every animal should have a chance to be spoiled like them. Effective TODAY, every donation that comes in gets DOUBLED.
Join DuPage Animal Friends on May 6th for the annual DuPage Human Race! During the last five years, almost 7,000 community members have supported 136+ charities and organizations to raise $35,000.
Sign up to run or walk with us in this wonderful community event held in Downers Grove on May 6th.
Last year, DuPage Animal Friends raised $1,000 to fund medical equipment to benefit animals with critical medical conditions. (Read our lifesaving stories!)
By teaming with DuPage Animal Friends on May 6th, you will make a difference in the lives of homeless pets in the care of DuPage County. As an open admission shelter, DCACC will never turn away an animal in need.
Paulie, an eight-year-old senior pet, was one of those animals. He found himself placed in the shelter after his owner passed away in 2014. In other shelters with far fewer resources, Paulie may not have made it to the adoption floor. Thankfully at DCACC, age is not seen as a disease and resources were available to give Paulie his second chance at a happy and healthy life.
Paulie was adopted by two first-time dog owners, Cathy and Rich. All three of their lives have benefited from each other’s company. Your impact doesn’t disappear when an animal is adopted.
Your impact touches several lives, beyond the pet’s, for far longer.
You can join Paulie’s team, “Paulie’s Pals,” or start your own fundraising page on the DuPage Human Race sign-up page. Charity race awards go to the top fundraising organization ($500) and the most race participants ($300), so we need your help to win these extra prizes on behalf of DuPage's homeless animals. There is strong competition among the charities, so sign up today!
Our ambitious goal this year is to raise $5000. Together, let’s aim to be the top fundraising organization!
Traditionally, DuPage Animal Friends' biggest fundraiser is the gala held every Spring. We will not be holding the gala this year. All efforts have been focused on the DuPage Human Race. If you normally attend the gala, we ask you to change from your dress shoes into running shoes or consider making a donation to our team!
Get competitive, friends! We need your help to make this event a success for DuPage's shelter pets.
P.S. You may select one of the fundraisers, Paulie's Pals or The Space Cat when you donate today! Rex and Jake will match your gift! THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
By Susie Blaho
Let's talk about cage presence.
At one time or another, almost all of the animals at DuPage County Animal Care & Control (DCACC) lived in a home. They had a family. Maybe even a couch or bed.
As you can imagine, losing their family and home is devastating. Despite the animals' resilience and the excellent care DCACC's staff and volunteers provide, the animals are in a state of crisis. They need to adjust from living in a quiet, comfortable home to a caged environment.
For many animals, an animal shelter is overwhelming. Cats may hide. Dogs may bark excessively.
Please remember all of the animals on the adoption floor are sweet and friendly pets. They just may not show well in a kennel environment.
Before you think, "Geez, that dog seems crazy," or "That cat or bunny is too shy," please remember one thing: the animals are dealing with the loss of their home.
When you are viewing the animals at the shelter, take a moment to read their cage card. If you have questions, ask a staff member for details. If it sounds like the animal could be a match for you, ask to see them outside of their kennel or cage. It only takes a few minutes. Throw a ball to a dog in an outdoor enclosure. Offer your lap to that kitty or bunny.
You will never know if this animal could be your new best friend until you give them a chance to really shine.
Please Help Spread the Word About These Pawesome Pets!
DuPage County Animal Care & Control (DCACC) is the only immediate open admission shelter in and around DuPage County. This means that DCACC will never refuse any domestic animal brought through its doors. DCACC amazing staff cares for over 3,000 animals every year.
We at DuPage Animal Friends, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity, have a vision that DuPage County will be a community where all pets have a home.
Did You Know?
In addition to receiving a great pet, when you adopt from DCACC you get so many valuable perks included in the low adoption fee! Check this out:
All dogs available for adoption have been:
All cats available for adoption have been:
All rabbits available for adoption have been:
Let's get to it! Highlighted here are rabbits, cats and a dog that have been patiently waiting for a new family to make their discovery. As described in each of their DCACC bios, these pets would make delightful and loyal companions. Please help us find them homes ASAP.
Domestic short hair, female, 7 years old, up for adoption since January 24, 2017
DCACC's Bio: Sharon's favorite thing in the whole world is people. She loves to play with them, talk with them, snooze with them – everything! Sharon spent some time as a stray and is anxious to make up for lost snuggle time as soon as possible! Sharon is curious, cuddly, confident, and ready to go home with you! Don't miss out on this beautiful tabby! Thanks to supporters of DuPage Animal Friends, Sharon's adoption fee is only $65.
What the volunteers say: Volunteer Lorri says Sharon is a sweet girl and has been waiting for a home for a long time.
Location: DCACC, 120 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton.
Sherlock Holmes & John Watson
Mini lop, male, 6 months old, best friends, up for adoption since January 3, 2017
DCACC's Bio: Meet the great master sleuth, the solver of mysteries, Mr. Sherlock Holmes! A legendary detective with astute observational skills, excellent deductive reasoning, and poor people skills ( a little on the shy side), Mr Holmes is seeking a residence that will serve as a base of operations and a home to relax in after a hard days work. Unfamiliar with room mates, Sherlock is a bit jumpy about being touched and will need a calm and gentle friend to teach him how to cuddle. He currently lives with his friend and sleuthing companion, John Watson. He would like to remain with his companion, so he is hoping that you have room for two!
Dr. John Watson, renowned surgeon and companion to Sherlock Holmes, seeks a home to rest and relax after a busy life of sleuthing. Brilliant but a bit awkward socially (a little on the shy side) Watson is looking for a family that has time to show him how to snuggle! A good friend of Sherlock Watson would prefer to travel with his long time companion so he hopes you have room enough for two! Do you enjoy a good mystery? Fancy yourself a bit of a detective? You and our detective team will get on famously!
What the volunteers say: Volunteer Jan says Sherlock and Watson are the sweetest guys. They crawl all over each other to get to the hand petting them!
Location: DCACC, 120 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton.
Pit mix, male, 1 year old, up for adoption since February 22, 2017
DCACC's Bio: "GO BIG OR GO HOME! If that's your motto, then I'm your dog! I'm Tyrell, and I'm a 1-year-old some have described as "needing to learn manners" but I prefer to think of as EXUBERANT and FUN-LOVING! Really I'm just super excited to meet you and sometimes I just can't contain myself!! If you've got a big dog already that could be my new brother or sister to play with that would be great! No small kids please, I might knock them down by accident! Come to the the shelter today so we can visit! You will love me I guarantee it!"
What DCACC staff says: Rescue and Volunteer Coordinator Dina says Tyrell is a wonderful dog with poor cage presence. He looks hyper and stressed in his cage. But when you take him out, he is such a good boy! He does have a 'no kids under 10' restriction. He walks nice on a leash, is smart, and desires to please. He's very treat motivated!
Location: DCACC, 120 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton.
Domestic short hair, female, 8 years old, up for adoption since July 12, 2016
DCACC Bio: Luxurious, unique, precious...Pearl is a one-in-a- million cat waiting for the purrfect furever family to take her home and treat her like the treasure she is! A mature feline Pearl is looking to be the only animal in the house (she is far too sophisticated to deal with other cats or (gasp) a dog!). Preferring a quiet, laid-back lifestyle Pearl would prefer to go to a home with no children (sticky fingers could muss her beautiful fur!). A cat with 8 solid years of snuggling experience, Pearl would enjoy an adult household where she can get plenty of snuggle time and can rule the house like all cats should! Now, just because she likes to snuggle, doesn't mean she's inactive. Quite the contrary! Pearl LOVES her playtime! She's a real people person who loves to play around. Think that house might be yours? Thanks to supporters of DuPage Animal Friends, Pearl's adoption fee is only $65.
What the volunteers say: Volunteer Susie say Pearl has been doing well at Petco but needs a soft, warm lap to cuddle in and perhaps a couch or two. Pearl's former foster mom Kathi can't stress enough how much Pearl loves playing!
Location: Wheaton Petco, 23 Danada Square East
You are amazing! Last year you helped us raise just over $1000 to fund medical equipment for the shelter. We, and the animals that have benefited from critical health care, THANK YOU!
THIS YEAR, we want to DOUBLE that amount.
Our fundraising goal is $2000!
Gather your friends and family to sign up for this year's 6th Annual DuPage Human Race! You can register for the fun run or register for the walk. You can even bring your well-socialized dog for the walk!
Just select DuPage Animal Friends as your charity of choice. 100% of the proceeds benefit the animals in the care of DuPage County Animal Care & Control! Want to make an even bigger impact for our animals? Start your own fundraiser using the free tools on the DuPage Human Race website and email us HERE (type Dupage Human Race Fundraiser in the comments box) so we can send you easy to use templates and graphics to share with your friends and family so they know why this is so important to you!
Follow this link to sign up today: bit.ly/dupagerace
We can't wait to see you there!
Despite not having great weather, our supporters turned out and had a great time. Check out last year's photos!
We bring in the New Year with news of 668 adoptions in 2016. Thank you to all the pet adopters and everyone who spreads the word about the wonderful animals available for adoption at DuPage County Animal Care & Control (DCACC) in Wheaton.
During the latter part of the fall, DCACC was faced with a near crisis situation. The intake needs of the cat population exceeded shelter resources. In short, DCACC was over-capacity: cats were waiting in cages the hallways for their spot on the adoption floor. As an open admission shelter, DCACC does not turn away any animal that walks through their doors. It is our goal, as it is the goal of DCACC staff, to never euthanize a healthy or treatable animal due to cage space.
With the reality of the situation in the forefront of our minds, we at DuPage Animal Friends worked with DCACC staff to offer two special lifesaving adoption promotions during the months of November and December.
Cats for K9s was a wonderful win-win-win adoption promotion! For every adult cat that was adopted during this promotion, a $50 donation by DuPage Animal Friends was made to the Jason McKie Foundation's McKie's K9s program. This program rescues pit bull dogs from the Bickell Foundation, trains them to be service dogs, then pairs them with veterans who suffer from PTSD. On top of that, adopters of adult cats received a wonderful pet for only $50 thanks to DuPage Animal Friends' Subsidized Adoption Fund.
Cats For K9s Results:
41 Adult Cats Were Adopted!
(Same Time Period 2015: 27).
Next up was the Bring Joy adoption promotion. This special promo was created by Best Friends Animal Society, funded by DuPage Animal Friends, and executed beautifully by DCACC staff. The December promotion offered a $25 adoption fee on any adult cat, any black or black/white kitten, and select dogs.
'Bring Joy' Results:
103 Adult Cats Were Adopted!
(Same Time Period 2015: 44).
What's more is that DCACC amazingly experienced the adoption of THREE bonded pairs of adult cats since December 1st.
Whether your contribution is monetary, whether your gift is to foster, adopt, or volunteer with shelter pets, or whether your ability is to educate, to advocate, or to love an animal, you are providing hope. You are providing hope to our communitiy's homeless pets. Please know that your contribution is valued and appreciated.
Here are just a few of the many pets that benefited from the two adoption promotions. They each experienced the joy of ringing in the new year with their forever family.
Please view our website and our promotion partners' websites to be inspired by stories of hope and stories of love.
As sung by Frank Sinatra, "Faithful friends who are dear to us gather near to us once more," let us carry the spirit of the holidays in our hearts throughout the year, by accepting the love, joy, loyalty, and magic that animals bring to our lives. If you are ready to open your heart and home to those who need it the most, please stop by DCACC in Wheaton to meet current adoptable pets. Preview all animal up for adoption.
Make a difference in the life of a homeless pet in DuPage County.
The mission of DuPage Animal Friends is to strengthen the lifesaving, compassionate and innovative initiatives at the county shelter. We partner with the shelter to understand the needs of our community's animals, providing financial resources and advocacy on their behalf.