How are you funded?
Our primary source of funding is through donations made by people who recognize the value of the services we provide. Contributions from individuals or other charitable foundations and funds generated from adoption fees or fundraising events/programs make up the majority of our operating budget.
Are you a no-kill organization?
We prefer the term “limited-admission,” which better reflects the way we fit into the animal welfare community. Animals are never euthanized due to space or time constraints, but we do occasionally elect to euthanize in the event of untreatable illness or dangerous and irreversible behavioral problems. Because we do not kill to make space, however, we cannot take in every animal that needs help—hence the term “limited admission.”
Where do the animals come from?
Most of our dogs/puppies are transferred from other animal welfare organizations. Usually our intake coordinator arranges to “pull” adoptable animals from animal control facilities or other open admission shelters throughout Chicagoland or the Midwest. Occasionally, we take in local strays after all efforts to locate the owner have been exhausted, and very occasionally we will take in an owner relinquishment.
How are animals selected?
Our decision to accept an animal is based on space above all else, followed by suitability to the particular available foster home (not all of our foster homes are able/willing to foster all types of animals) and overall adoptability. In general, we look for animals with friendly, stable temperaments and no chronic, difficult-to-manage health issues. We also seek out those that are good with other pets and children. Obviously this is not an exact science, and there are certain issues, both behavioral and medical, that may not be readily apparent. In the event that we acquire an animal with additional needs, we do our very best to address them.
How long do you hold new arrivals prior to adoption?
To allow for a behavioral evaluation and the completion of all necessary vetting, animals are held for a minimum of one week prior to being released to adopters. This evaluation period also allows for the discovery of any previously latent communicable illnesses, such as the parvo or distemper virus, that the animal may have been incubating.
Why do you perform pre-pubertal spay/neuter?
History has shown that spay/neuter deposits, contracts, and follow-up systems simply don’t work. Sterilizing an animal prior to placement is the only way an organization can confirm that the animal will not contribute to pet overpopulation. Our affiliated veterinarians generally sterilize puppies and kittens at 3 lbs. and 12 weeks of age. Numerous studies have shown pre-pubertal spay/neuter to be quite safe, and the recovery time is generally much shorter than with adult animals.
How can a potential adopter meet an animal he/she is interested in?
The best way to facilitate a meeting is to submit a completed adoption application for the pet in question. Doing so does not obligate an individual to adopt, but it is the starting point in the process and gives our adoption counselors some idea as to the needs of the potential adopter. Shortly after receiving your application, we’ll contact you to discuss the possible placement and to arrange a meeting with the foster parents.