Rescueber rocked 7 trips this month with a total over 3,500 miles! That’s $500+ in just gas if you are keeping count! We started our month's travels heading to an Indiana partner for a kitty with a broken leg. Heartland Animal Shelter said, ‘of course’ to providing medical care and a loving foster home to heal it! We took a couple days off to work on the vent fan in the van (whoo hoo cool passengers) and then headed back Indiana for more fur friend riders, 15 cats headed to Catnap, Heartland, and St. Sophia’s! There was a lot of meows on that ride.
We have put the van and all it's space to GOOD use this month! We are all about helping the rescue animal, but also pet owners as COVID has limited people’s ability to provide for their beloved pets. We transported donations from Chicago Animal Care and Control and Castle Black Paw to One Tail at a Time and the pop up food pick up (human and pet) on the Southside with MASK Chicago. Harold came along for the ride.
Are you ready for our busiest month yet?
It was our first month with Frank (the van, named after St. Francis of Assisi - patron Saint of Animals) and he showed up for all the rescue rides! Our first riders were headed from Michigan and Indiana to Wisconsin rescue partners Our Pack Animal Rescue! Say hi to LT, Stella, and Miriam (we all know my weakness for senior chihuahuas and she was almost snuck into my car). They hitched a ride with Alexis, our volunteer driver, who has helped (SO much) to ensure we can do multiple rides the same day and I get a day off sometimes (yay to self care).
Added bonus, all three are already in forever homes!
May was a BIG month for us in so many ways! Shout out to our Liberation Press swag fundraiser that raised $125 for future riders. We started the first transport of the month with our fav trip to South Bend with a trio of pups headed to Fetch Rescue. CACC (aka where our transport journey started) had a couple months of low census for dogs (that’s AMAZING meaning dogs there got needed walks, play, etc. while awaiting rescue)
We continued to be so proud of the Chicagoland and Wisconsin residents for their outpouring of willingness to foster and adopt. This has given us an inspiration push of more rescues needing rides for new pups and cats! We started April with some of our favorite staff at Chicago Animal Care and Control and met the beautiful Hippo, Wallace and headed to a foster with Players for Pits. Word has it, he is listed on their website as adoptable! The next day we got to swing back to CACC and bring Rogelio to his foster with It’s a Pittie Rescue. We also celebrated some of our FAVORITE news: Sosa, is now Soda and was ADOPTED! Rescueber first met him when of helping his owner get to a vet appointment and several months later, giving him his freedom ride when he needed rescue after his owner passed away. We proudly showered him with some Bring a Buddy adventures to the city and events and couldn’t be happier to see him in his forever home! Thanks to Mutts of the Midway and their foster home for all the dedication to him! Muenster was our first kitty rider of the month and went to a foster thanks to Castle Black Paws (one of our fav cat ladies). We love our Texas dogs and McKenzie showed us her southern sweetness while getting a ride up North to Wisconsin with Our Pack Animal Rescue and she is already adopted!
We have had quite a month, much like all of the world at this point. With so many people sheltering in place, dogs and cats have been welcomed into so many homes! We were happy to be a part of 22 transports for 35 animals with a whopping total of 1,565.7 miles! Our first March transport was Coco with Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR). She hitched a ride from Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) to meet her foster parent at the vet. She was comfy with her new fleece blanket (we always need more of those, they are on our wishlist if you’d like to send one to our riders). We also got to give some rides to our foster, Joanna also from Second City including to and from her spay surgery; as well as to her ADOPTION! We mentioned that we are starting some long distance transports for our rescue partner Alive Rescue and we picked up a sweet crew including Travis and a Mama with her pups! We also got to visit Young at Heart’s senior adoption center where Raisin is now getting the best cuddles. We loved our tour and meeting all their dogs and cats.
We were so excited to celebrate 262 riders in 2019 and made a goal of 1000 riders for 2020! We started the new year with a shift at Chicagoland Rescue Intervention Support Program (CRISP) shift with Mutts of the Midway and met our first 2020 riders, 4 kittens headed to One Tail at a Time and named after characters on Grease! We continued our cat riders with Heartland Animal Rescue for a total of 3 rides for 8 cats! We had lots of canine riders too!