|AHF Founders in front of the long-awaited facility, 2013|
Over the years, AHF has taken in strays from local communities, rescued dogs and cats from high-kill shelters (not only from around the state of Illinois but other states as well), even rescued dogs from Hurricane Katrina. One of those Katrina dogs was joyfully reunited with her family, who were immensely grateful to AHF and the foster home for saving their beloved pet! All of the pets taken in under the AHF wing have been cared for in foster homes, then rehomed after careful matching of pet and family.
|My kids and I with Deanne and Paul Blenkle|
(AHF Cat Coordinators and Board Members),
Let's face it - it costs quite a bit to vet and properly care for animals. Additionally, AHF covers the costs of food and supplies, as well as the medical expenses, so that fosters can devote themselves to the best care, socialization, training, and nurturing these innocent creatures deserve. Without the wonderful generosity of supporters and successful fundraisers, there's no way so many dogs and cats could be helped.
|Linda, Terri, Chuck, Claire, Gloria|
Almost Home Foundation is unusual as rescues go...while many, if not most, rescue organizations are particular about which animals they will take in, AHF does not discriminate. Where other rescues would take the newborn litter but not the mama - AHF takes them all. Where other rescues avoid the black, old, and medically- or physically-challenged, AHF welcomes them with open arms. While most rescues avoid breeds that are more difficult to adopt out, like pit bulls - AHF, if anything, goes out of their way to make sure they'll have a chance for a loving home.
|Two of the dogs from the pet shop on WGN News Adopt A Pet|
with Linda Wyka and Kristen Gottschalk (CLICK TO WATCH)
|Ida McCarthy and Dianne Arp of CAPS present |
Chuck Hanson, AHF, with basket honoring pet store dogs rescued
Plus, one has required surgery, and some have needed additional time adjusting before even going into foster homes. Then there are the ones - like the little one who spins around in circles (a lifetime of being in a cage so small that was the only "running" he could do) - that require more time and patient understanding.
If you wish to help with funding for these sweet victims, Almost Home has huge bills accruing for their care and your donations would be greatly appreciated!
|Help Me and My Puppy Parlor Friends Get Proper Medical|
Happy 9th Anniversary, Almost Home Foundation! Here's to many, many more happily-ever-after tails!