Chicago — be prepared. An animal advocate is prepared to try for a No Kill Chicago. Not quite single-handedly. In fact, it will take a village.
Gloria Lissner, Famous Fido founder and president, is excited to talk and share her vision of a no-kill Chicago. While it seems almost impossible that Chicago would ever get to the point that no dogs ever are killed in the city shelter, that is her lofty goal. Lissner has been rescuing dogs for decades.
“The cycle can continue forever,” she said in an interview. “It needs to stop or people will keep allowing their dogs to breed, drop off unwanted puppies at shelter, and the unwanted adults will be killed.” She believes that education is one of the important ways to begin to halt the killing of unwanted animals. Toward that goal, Famous Fido is opening a new facility in Chicago.
The new Famous Fido No Kill Advocacy Center coming Fall of 2015 will provide lifesaving solutions for animal abandonment and offer resources and education to the people of Chicago. Famous Fido has been rescuing special need animals in Andersonville for over 25 years, but the need for room has outgrown the current space.
The new location is at 3124 W Irving Park Road in Chicago and it will be more than a rescue. It is envisioned as a one-of-a-kind, no-kill Advocacy and Rescue Center. The center will be a safe haven for the animals and a resource center for the community. The center will host seminars and educate people about animal issues such as rehoming and surrendering unwanted pets.
The new space and services are desperately needed in Chicago. Shelters in Chicago and across the country are overflowing. “Animals go from the comfort of a home to a cold, overcrowded kennel and face the risk of euthanasia. Owner surrenders to shelters is not the answer. There is always another way,” explains Lissner. Lissner has dedicated her life to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming high-risk animals and has saved thousands of animals from being killed.
The new Famous Fido No Kill Advocacy Center will offer something different. Famous Fido places a strong emphasis on re-homing while animals are still in their current care or with foster parents. Re-homing is conducted with an adoption application and home check so animals are placed in forever homes and not at risk of being dumped at a shelter. This new location will have a re-homing counselor on staff, a computer lounge which will enable animal adopters to view animals in local shelters or in foster care that may not yet be available to the public, a chip and tag station so lost animals can be found, and a rescue store where all profits go back to the rescue for vetting, housing and medical expenses of the animals.
“We are very excited about the new facility but can’t do it alone. We want people to get involved and be a part of this,” says Lissner. Famous Fido seeks donations and volunteers for the move, construction, and ongoing operations of the rescue. Famous Fido is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization. Follow them on Facebook. Visit their website.
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