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.
This kitten was found outside in the frigid cold tempertures on December 8th. He was severely hypothermic and dehydrated. His temperature was so low that the doctor could not even get a reading on the thermometer. Soon after being warmed by the Bair Hugger and receiving intravenous fluids he is now responsive, eating and recovering.
This life-saving medical equipment was made possible due to the generosity of the The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn and donors that supported us during the DuPage Human Race last April.
You can help us continue providing medical equipment like this when you give a gift this holiday season at www.dupageanimalfriends.org/donate-now.
We are excited to announce that DuPage County Animal Care & Control (DCACC) is now a Best Friends Network Partner. The No More Homeless Pets® Network is comprised of 501(c)(3) public charity rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations and shelters actively saving lives and reducing shelter deaths locally. DCACC continues to be committed in pursuing progressive initiatives to help every adoptable pet find a home.
Biscuit Barb is at it again! Barb is a long-time DCACC shelter volunteer and the creator of hundreds (perhaps thousands?) of wonderful pet beds! Barb buys all of the materials and hand makes each bed with love. Then she donates the beds so that others can buy them, with 100% of the sales going DIRECTLY to help the homeless animals in the care of DCACC. Amazing, right?
So, treat your pet this holiday season with a new pet bed! Warrenville Grove Animal Hospital has graciously given Barb's beautiful beds a very large area in their lobby. Please visit the animal hospital and you wlll be sure to find a purr-fect bed for your cat or a woof-erful bed for your dog! Pet beds start at only $15.
The pet beds will be available until the end of December. Warrenville Grove Animal Hospital is at 3S481 Batavia Road, Warrenville, IL.
Have a sneak peek at the beds in the lobby of Warrenville Grove Animal Hospital below. (And just look at al those adorable toys with the pet beds, too! Your cat or dog will be in heaven!) On behalf of the animals in the care of DuPage County Animal Care & Control, thank you for purchasing one of Biscuit Barb's pet beds.
Please take a moment to watch our Giving Tuesday video message. Thank you for your support of the homeless animals in the care of DuPage County Animal Care & Control.
Now is the best time to adopt a cat from DuPage County Animal Care & Control. Adopt a cat, save a dog, help a vet! Let's make the world a better place together! Preview adoption cats at bit.ly/DCACCpets.
Also, check out the Jason McKie Foundation @ www.jasonmckie.com.
Join us to help us save more lives.
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.