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SEPTEMBER 2010 - Wow, it's been a while since we updated our blog. It has been a been a busy year as we continue to coordinate the rescue and transport of animals from our local Animal Control facility and get them to safety with no kill rescues. We frequently send dogs on the transport van to Chicago, but we have also transported as far as New Jersey! With our help along with Washington County Partners for Pets, our local Animal Control facility has euthanized only 4 dogs to date in 2010 (and only two of those were due to over-population, they also euthanize for health or aggression issues). Our goal is to get down to ZERO euthanasias due to over-population, but considering they euthanized 138 in 2005, 182 in 2006, 124 in 2007, 154 in 2008 and 71 from January-June 2009 before we became involved, we are proud to have reduced these numbers significantly! If you are reading this and would like to help us in our efforts, we always need volunteers for a variety of tasks - taking pictures of animals at Animal Control, reviewing adoption applications and checking references, conducting home visits for potential adopters, sitting at Petco for a few hours on a Saturday/Sunday with adotable pets, fostering a dog or cat until it's adopted, mailing thank-you letters, etc. Please contact us if you are able and willing to help in any way.
JANUARY 2010 - The first part of January started off as good as the first part of December - Washington County Animal Control (WCAC) was nearly full and we were able to pull 5 dogs & send them to no kill rescues in the Chicago area. We are hoping to pull more dogs this week as the e-mails trickle in from the coordinator who finds rescues to take these dogs. We have volunteers taking pictures of the dogs every week at WCAC and they are posted online ( www.washingtoncountyanimalcontrol.webs.com ) and we also forward them to the coordinator in hopes a no kill rescue will take them in. We have also adopted a few of our own dogs and will continue to save as many animal lives as we possibly can, whether ARSI is taking them in and adopting them out or vetting them and sending them to other no kill rescues with higher adoption traffic.
DECEMBER 2009 - December is off to a great start! In the fist week we were able to remove five dogs from our local Animal Control (A/C) facility and send them to "no kill" rescues in the Chicago area. Our A/C facility is full, so this is a big help and will prevent five precious dogs from being euthanized! Thanks to the receiving rescues, the transport coordinators and our volunteers who help make this happen! Also in December our Adoptions Coordinator, Hannah Castleman, organized another fundraiser. She set up a santa house in Foundation Park for pets to have their pictures taken with Santa. This effort was also a success and Matt's daughter & her dog got their picture with Santa in the Sentinel!
NOVEMBER 2009 - We continue to focus our rescue efforts on pulling dogs from our local Animal Control (A/C) which is a "kill" facility and either find homes for them or send them to other reputable "no kill" rescues. Just this week we pulled six dogs from A/C so they wouldn't have to euthanize. Five out of the six went to other rescues and we have one (Beau) in our group that is listed on our Petfinder site. We spend, on average, $50 per dog that we send to other "no kill" rescues.
OCTOBER 2009 - Update on Puggy - he made it safely to his new home in Texas! Puggy arrived at the Temple, TX airport (tiny!) to a 5-year old girl jumping up and down on the tarmac yelling "Puggy! Puggy!". Needless to say his new family adores him and we are so happy to have placed this sweet dog in a loving home. We still have several dogs available for adoption - please check out our petfinder site above for a current list of available fur babies. Note - you need not live close by to adopt from us - we can arrange transport to almost anywhere. Oh, and don't forget to check out the "happy tails" section of our petfinder site to see the dogs we have saved!
SEPTEMBER 2009 - Our Adoptions Coordinator, Hannah Castleman, organized a car wash fund-raiser for ARSI. Over $500 was collected in donations, car wash fees, t-shirt sales & bandana & doggie treat sales. A big THANK YOU to everyone involved from all of the volunteers to the kind people who donated supplies to the patrons who supported us. It was a huge success and that money will go a long way to help many animals.
Puggy's Journey - Puggy is one of the 17 dogs we took in from the GA rescue and he has a story to tell. He's currently on his way to Texas and SO MANY people are/were involved in getting him to his forever home. We utilized the Pilots N Paws program where we posted a transport request to get Puggy from Southern Illinois to Texas. A pilot from Kansas City, MO volunteered to fly one leg of his journey if we could get him to KC. There was another pilot based in Dallas, TX who would meet the KC pilot in Tulsa, OK and take Puggy to Texas - his final destination. On Tuesday evening I sent out a request to get Puggy to KC sometime over the upcoming weekend (so he could fly out on Monday). A realtor from Belleville e-mailed that she was driving to KC the very next day (Wednesday), so if I could find a foster home for him in KC from Wed-Mon, he could ride with her. The stars must have been aligned as a foster home was available and we were able to get Puggy to the vet first thing Wednesday a.m. for his health certificate/travel papers. We met the transporter at Petsmart in O'Fallon to pick up his special collar/leash for transport and he arrived safely in KC on Wednesday evening. He's now awaiting his private flights on Monday (all donated by volunteer pilots willing to transport rescue dogs to their forever home!) and we hope to receive pictures of his flight that will be posted soon! Here he is pre-transport, ready for the flight!
AUGUST 2009 - ARSI took in 17 dogs from a rescue in Georgia that was completely full. To date 14 of these dogs have been adopted to forever homes, 3 are in foster hoping to find a forever home soon. We could not have saved 17 doggie lives without the help of our foster homes - THANKS EVERYONE for pitching in to help. (Note, these 17 dogs were not in danger of being euthanized since they were in a rescue group, but taking on 17 dogs allowed the rescue in GA to pull 17 more dogs from the "high kill" shelter in their county, which was also full.)
If anyone is interested in becoming a foster home for ARSI, please contact us. We are in need of more foster homes so we can save more animal lives!
July 2009 - Animal Rescue of Southern Illinois (ARSI) and Washington County Partners for Pets (Partners for Pets) are participating in a program that will help save many animal lives in Southern Illinois! ARSI is currently operating as a network of foster homes and we don't have enough resources to house all of the animals we would like to save. As such, we have recently coordinated efforts with Partners for Pets and with a rescue organization in the Chicago area that networks with "no kill" rescue groups with extremely high adoption rates. Through our combined efforts, we are able to rescue dogs from our local Animal Control (which is a "kill" facility) and transport them to the "no kill" facilities up North.
Here's how it works - we send volunteers from ARSI and Partners for Pets to the Animal Control facility to take pictures of the adoptable dogs and the pictures are posted online at www.washingtoncountyanimalcontrol.webs.com. The rescue coordinator (Illinois Animal Rescue, Inc.) distributes the pictures to her network of rescues in the Chicago area and they, in turn, "claim" which dogs they can rescue. A list is sent back to us and we are required to have the dogs heartworm tested and vaccinated before they are eligible for transport. We are also required to pay a $10 fee to Animal Control, but we are lobbying our county to waive this fee since pulling the dogs saves the county money in daily care as well as euthanasia costs (not to mention we are an all-volunteer non-profit group that relies solely on fundraisers and donations!) We spend, on average, $50 per dog that we rescue from the "kill" shelter and send to the "no kill" shelter. Our first transport sent over 10 dogs & puppies on tranport and we are currently coordinating a second round of rescues. Since we began this effort, no dogs have been euthanized at Animal Control. The receiving shelters have the dogs spayed/neutered and microchipped before they are adopted out.
Animal Rescue of Southern Illinios, P.O. 75, Hoyleton, IL 62803
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Our dogs are fully vetted and temperament tested. This means that they have been vaccinated, de-wormed, heartworm tested and altered (spayed or neutered). Should you find a pet that interests you, we will send you a 4-page adoption contract to fill out and return to us. We depend on your personal references, any history as a pet owner, relationship with a veterinarian and your environment, to see if the dog is a good fit for your family.
Purrsonality Cat Rescue has joined us. They have many beautiful cats looking for a loving home. They, too, will properly vetted and screened for a suitable home.
The survival of this rescue depends on monetary and in-kind donations of generous people everywhere. We are a non-profit organization and need the items on our Wish List to maintain day-to-day operations.
Our Wish List:
Monetary Donations: We need money to pull from shelters, provide shots, spay or neuter rescued animals. Gift Cards from Pet Stores, Gas Cards are helpful, too. Our vets would gladly apply your donation directly to our account to help cover our vetting expenses.
Supplies: Bowls, Blankets, Towels, Toys, Rawhide Chews, Dog Food, Cat Food ( for Feral Cat Rescue), Flea Shampoo, Front Line or Advantage Topical Flea & Tick Control, Dog Beds, Houses, Crates, Cages, Pet supplies ,Collars, Leashes, Newspapers.
Office Supplies: Copy Paper, Pens, Pencils, Staples, Scotch Tape, Copy Machine. Printer Inks: Canon MX 300 and Canon S200.
Cleaning Supplies: Large Garbage Bags, Liquid Laundry Detergent, Pine Sol, Bleach, Paper Towels.
Other: Large Enclosed Vehicle to Transport to and from Adoptions, Privacy Fencing, A Facility for operations.
Volunteer Opportunities: Transporters for Animals Pulled from Shelters, Pet Groomers, Bathers and Walkers, Pet Adoption Volunteers, Office Help-(Data Entry, Copy, Filing) Property Maintenance, Fundraising Organizers and Foster Homes.
Most Importantly: We need Good Loving Homes For These Deserving Animals!
Become an Angel for ARSI - Volunteer to foster one of our homeless animals.
For more Information contact ARSI at firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank everyone who has helped us become what we are today.
A Volunteer is someone who walks in while everyone else is walking away.