I couldn’t help but title this post with a play on my favorite quote from GIRLS because this past week, I also managed to squeeze in the most amazing visit with ALIVE Rescue. I’ve been keeled over with excitement to share this organization with you. When I walk into a new rescue, I swear I’m a kid in a candy shop and when I learned all about ALIVE, it was just a sweet as I could hope.
If you remember my post about Famous Fido, you’ll know that I am trying to partner with rescues that take on some of the tougher cases. Of course, each shelter is a piece of the animal welfare puzzle, but my heart really swells when I learn about an organization that takes in pets that some might call underdogs.
Just this past weekend, Kristen, the Founder of ALIVE Rescue, went to Chicago Animal Care and Control and picked up two feral dogs. After living years on the streets, these dogs were scared to be touched or even looked at by people. These two pups will have a long road ahead of them but that’s exactly the kind of dog that Alive believes needs to be saved. I have no doubt Kristen and her team will work with these two feral dogs until they are nothing but love.
The staff and volunteers at ALIVE Rescue believe wholeheartedly that all dogs and cats, no matter age, size, and issues, deserve a loving home. Is it easy? Absolutely not, but each person I met at Alive is so passionate about the cause and the small but mighty Little Barn. They know puppies can be easier to adopt out than an adult dog, but it doesn’t stop them from taking in every kind of animal.
Another unique trait of ALIVE is their commitment to being “green” and as eco-friendly as possible. I think being an animal lover and a fan of the environment go hand-in-hand because you can’t have one without the other. ALIVE gets that and wants to do their part to ensure this earth will be here for plenty more generations to enjoy. They use rags instead of paper towels, compostable poop bags, eco-friendly cat litter, energy efficient appliances…the list goes on and on with all they are doing to be as green as possible. While it can certainly be more expensive to buy natural and biodegradable products, ALIVE doesn’t shy away from this challenge either.
I think that was my takeaway from this rescue. They welcome obstacles, they live to overcome hurdles, and they are unapologetically badass. I don’t think I’ve ever said that about a shelter, but no word describes them better. They are fighters for the underdogs and willing to do what it takes to make each and every life a happy one.
Ride ALIVE – September 17
Johnny is an old, black, large, dog. In the rescue world, this poor guy has absolutely everything going against him, but his sweet disposition, it would be a mistake to overlook him. Johnny came to ALIVE from a hoarding house in Tennessee and while he may be 10 years old, he acts like a teenager ready for walks and snuggles. He knows sit, is easy to walk on leash, and is a gentleman with manners just looking to spend his golden years in a loving home. For more information on Johnny, click here.