Well hello there. I am starting off this post with the best news ever… my friend officially adopted two of my foster kittens! I was so excited and my heart exploded with happiness when the pictures came through. It made all the ups and downs truly worth it. So, continuing on with the happiness, I visited a new shelter the other week and I’m pumped to share my experience with Hinsdale Humane Society with you.
Megan, the face behind Hinsdale to the Rescue, donated to my birthday fundraiser. It blew me away because I knew how much work she does for Hinsdale Humane Society. For her to also contribute to my cause melted my heart. I was eager to work with her and find out more about HHS. At the time, they were in the process of figuring out their new facility so we decided to hold off on meeting until things settled. Flash forward to last week when I was able to get out there and see what they were up to, and it’s a lot.
Hinsdale Humane Society was created in 1953 when a group of six women saw the conditions of their local pound and decided to make changes. They started with three main goals: to educate the public on proper animal handling, to humanely handle overcrowded conditions, and to provide a sanitary facility for homeless animals. With that mission, they created the first Humane Society of DuPage county in 1959.
This year, HHS celebrates 65 years of saving lives and animals. Currently, they adopt out approximately 1000 animals. With their new facility, they are hoping to double that number. Their new facility will be 1,600 square feet of state-of-the-art beauty. They’re creating a warm, welcoming, and fun environment that people where will want to hang out. Just take a look at this video to see all the cool things they’re doing.
Now everything they’re doing is fantastic, but what really stuck out to me was their kindness. For the most part, everyone is extremely nice when I visit their rescues, but Megan and Hinsdale Humane Society volunteers demonstrated an appreciation I had yet to experience. You see, all the dogs we worked with are HHS alums who came to our photo shoot with their new parents. Each parent was more thankful than the next. To cap off the shoot, Megan handed me a bouquet of Sunflowers. She told me that she appreciated my talents and my time and that meant the world to me.
I don’t do this for anything besides the animals, but feeling appreciated goes a long way. Megan’s gesture cemented my feelings on Hinsdale Humane Society, they are truly a wonderful organization. They care deeply about their animals as well as their staff and volunteers. They remember their dogs and they celebrate each one.
Today, they’re doing the reveal of their new facility at Burlington Park. Surprise treats and activities so make sure to stop by if you’re in the area!
To celebrate their Grand Opening, join me on Saturday, November 3 for their 65th Anniversary Gala! You can tour their new facility, see some really cute dogs, live music, dancing, and even a donut wall. I’ll be there getting my party on so I hope to see you there! Tickets available here.
Thank you Hinsdale Humane Society for how you treat animals and humans alike.
Neither are available for adoption but their stories are fantastic.
Milo – Everyone thought Milo was some sort of lab mix, turns out, this beautiful boy is a hound/Staffordshire Terrier mix. It reinforces the idea that you can’t judge a dog based on the way it looks.
Sonic – “He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us” – Sonic’s family. This boy was at the shelter for quite some time. He loves people and he knows all his commands, yet it took him a while for the right family to come and scoop him up. Congrats to this Australian family on finding your hidden Aussie gem! You can follow his adventures over at @Sonic_The_Boxer.
That summer to fall transition is always tricky, but this top caught my eye. I am going to wear it with some cardigans and jeans in the fall but it needed a moment with these pants. These are from Toby Hearts Ginger and sadly from last year. I found similar pants available now. Shop the look below.
All photos: Margaret Rajic