By Kate Andris
Treasurer, DuPage Animal Friends
Paulie’s story is one that started the same way for so many homeless pets in DuPage County. His owner passed away and he became the property of DuPage County Animal Care and Control (DCACC) in Wheaton. Understandably, Paulie, an 8-year-old, was frightened because his whole world was turned upside down. Although Paulie’s story started out like so many, it has evolved into something truly wonderful and changed the lives of both Cathy and Rich Stillwell.
Cathy and Rich adopted Paulie in November of 2014 from DCACC. They adore Paulie and the companionship he brings to their life on a daily basis. Paulie has made such an impact on the Stillwell family that he has his own Facebook page titled Paulie’s Journey with over 500 fans!
Paulie is the first dog Cathy and Rich have ever owned. “Paulie is a joy and we hope to show others how rewarding it can be to adopt a senior pet,” said Cathy.
The Stillwell’s donate to the DuPage Animal Friends Foundation every holiday season in memory of their two senior cats. “This year we decided to step up our giving and are participating in the DuPage Human Race for the first time,” said Cathy. “It’s the first year both we and the Friends of DCACC Foundation are participating.”
“Cathy is one of the many dedicated members of our team and we have a lofty fundraising goal of $3,000,” said Laura Flamion, Treasurer of DuPage Animal Friends Foundation. “Cathy and Paulie’s Pals are leading in our fundraising efforts. Donations raised by Paulie’s Pals will be directed to our Subsidized Adoption Fund to help make adopting a senior pet more affordable. We want to give all adoptable animals, like Paulie, a second chance at a great life.” She continued, “We plan to use additional the funds raised from the DuPage Human Race to purchase the Bair Hugger system which keeps animals warm and safely contained during surgery when body temperatures drop due to general anesthesia.”
General anesthesia is utilized for nearly all surgeries performed at the facility including the most frequent surgery performed, which is a spay/neuter procedure. “Our goal is to have the funds raised so that we can have the Bair Hugger system in place when the shelter renovations are completed in May.” Laura added.
At DuPage County Animal Care & Control, it’s all about doing everything possible to give adoptable animals a second chance at life. DuPage Animal Friends is committed to helping provide the lifesaving supplies, medical care and programs that fall beyond the scope of Animal Control’s limited operating budget. You can make a significant, direct impact on the lives of homeless animals by assisting via adoption, fostering or charitable contribution.
Thank you to the Stillwell Family and Paulie’s Pals for advocating on behalf of senior pets and for walking with us in the DuPage Human Race.
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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.