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!
Cass, a beagle with Lulu’s Locker Rescue, needed a lift from his temporary foster to his permanent foster home! We love being able to make fostering for a rescue with as few barriers as possible, especially transportation. We had lots of love from pups from Second City Canine Rescue too! We fell in love with now adopted Alma’s lady beard with a smear of peanut butter after taking her preventative meds for us after leaving Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) on the way to the vet! We finally got to meet the dreamboat Journey who we have heard so much and loved our ride from the adoption event back to her foster. If you are looking for a sweet dog and cat friendly pup, she’s your girl! Momma was the calmest collie girl on her way from the vet to her foster home and was so sweet she got adopted two weeks later. Blinky got to be our first rider to enjoy our new Kurgo booster seat for a small fry riders and she loved the view on the way to the vet from the intake facility. Arlo the black chihuahua stud curled in his warm new blanket and fell fast asleep as we drove to meet his foster mom at the vet. Hot Donna melted my heart on our freedom ride and at the vet just loving on everyone! Our final Second City vet riders were a senior duo, Muneco and Rocco, that are ready for their next chapter with their fosters that were so excited to meet their new housemates. We were especially excited to hear one was a first time foster!
We love partnerships that make the best possible outcomes for animals and we got to participate in our second Spay Day transport that brings cats back to CACC from Anti-Cruelty Society after volunteer veterinary staff provide the next step to get them closer to their forever homes! We drove through a bit of snow to get Idiris, the sweet senior lady dog to her new foster home and a special needs kitty Leroy with some mobility issues to his foster. We got to see one of our favorites we have known for months, Sosa available for adoption through Mutts of the Midway, as he came to meet everyone at the RDMOC event at Park and Field. Two other Mutts of the Midway friends, Mary and Marley, also got a ride to Spay Illinois for their spay and neuters! Mary reminded us why we need lots of cleaning supplies as she got a little carsick.
Our last ride of January was a tough one, Quazi has had a rough start, but dropping him off to a very loving foster made our happy tears flow and reminded us what a gift we have been able to transport for so many inspirational rescue fosters, staff, and facilities! If you are keeping track that’s 50 riders for our first month! Over 800 miles with our furry fares. All that gas cost us about $150 bucks and we also got some needed supplies such as a small harness, the small dog booster seat, and all the enrichment treats. Thanks to donors, we were able to get all the needs to make rides as safe and comfortable as possible! We also started our van campaign to allow us to transport so many more animals with space and ability to fully sanitize the riding space.
We are looking forward to our events this Spring (yes I am skipping the rest of winter) including Pups and Kisses (aka puppy Valentine’s visits) on February 14th, Adult Bingo on February 18th, and come drink and watch people and dogs eat pie the fastest at St. Pietricks Day on March 17th. Check out our Facebook or Instagram pages for me details!