In compiling DogCity Chicago , our team of researchers and reporters have talked directly to many people and organizations who do great work with dogs in the city.
We’d like to thank them all for their help and encouragement in our project. Most importantly, we’d like to thank them for the work they do every single day with dogs who need fostering and adoption, healthcare, and dog-sitting services. We’ve included quotes from almost 30 organizations.
We hope that our report does justice to their work, and encourage you to support them in whatever way you can.
“You will meet many new people and make new friends who have something in common which is nice. You walk away from each pet adoption feeling rewarded—like you made a difference not only for yourself but for the family or person who adopted your foster dog.”
“Once your foster is adopted, it is sometimes difficult to say “goodbye.” However, seeing the joy and happiness in the adopter’s face makes it all worth it and the fact you can move forward and save another life with fostering another.”
Linda, Magnifcent Mutts Rescue
“Dog fostering is hard. They can break windows and eat your sofa! But it’s all about boundaries—know your limits and communicate them.”
“Many people go into dog handling without understanding what dogs have been through. Many of the dogs who have been dumped have been taken from mom early, so didn’t even learn standard things in their vital formative weeks—the first eight.”
Megan Albright, Blackdog All Breed Rescue
“Anyone can be an at-home animal care [provider], but the problem is that many of these pets need medical care or attention during an at-home visit, and many of the providers don’t have training to give appropriate care.
This would never happen with at-home care for humans: you need to be trained and certified for that.”
“Military dogs don’t get much support. Funding would be a great resource for them—as well as re-homing them if their handlers can’t take them.”
Dr. Kelly Cronin, Bensenville Animal Hospital
“We see increased needs for pet care as the baby boomers age, they will be more likely to adopt pets as they will need companions. Their children have grown, they have retired, and they need something to fill the void. So I see that to creating a great need for pet care providers over the next 2 decades.”
Ginger, Dog Jog Chicago
“Military dogs, if not adopted by their handler, are generally left in a kennel overseas or euthanized. And flying a dog back to the US can cost the handler thousands of dollars. Financial assistance from the government or private organizations to assist in the transport of working dogs when they retire would be incredibly helpful.
“I’ve fostered quite a bit before (even adopting two of my fosters!) and it’s incredibly rewarding to see a dog or cat come from a shelter or rescue, and learn to love.”
Katie Potenger, Parker ’s Natural Dog and Cat Market
And just in case you missed any, here are the posts:
When Working Dogs Retire
After a distinguished career chasing bad guys and make drug busts, police dog Shane should be enjoying his retirement. Instead, he’s facing his biggest challenge.
The Happy Face of Dog Fostering
With foster puppies camped in her sunroom, ex-teacher Sandy Riffle has dumped her bucket list and thinks life just can’t get any better.