Happy 2nd Birthday to Rescue in Style! I am both stunned it’s already been two years and shocked it’s only been two years. I feel as though I’m finally using my passions and skills to do something I love. To imagine life before Rescue in Style seems incredibly strange, and very boring.
I am so proud of all that we’ve accomplished this year. And yes, I mean we because I truly couldn’t have done any of this without all the support from you all. Whether you just joined or have been here for a while, thank you. So, let’s recap all the fun from this past year, shall we?
First, here’s a cute little infographic that sums up the year nicely.
When I celebrated my first year, I wrote about my five favorite things from that year. In a similar fashion (pun intended), I’m going to share with you the five things I’m going to remember from my second year.
Working with new organizations
When I set out on this project, I had dreams of working with all different rescues in Chicago and beyond. I wanted to highlight the importance of the work they are doing to save our animals. This year, I partnered with 23 rescues and I’m extremely proud of that. Perhaps my favorite moment was when my friend learned of an organization through my blog, went to their website, and fell in love with a dog. That dog is now named Penny and I think both her and my friend are pretty lucky.
I’m looking forward to continuing to work with more organizations who are doing such important work in the animal welfare industry. In fact, I’ve already got some pretty exciting plans so stay tuned!
Launching the Feral Female Collection
Some people think dogs are scary, I think launching your own merchandise line is 23 times more terrifying. I held off on doing it for so long because I was afraid people would hate the design. They’d think I was silly for creating a line of merchandise. I held myself back from being able to make an impact. The Feral Female collection allowed me to donate $325 to ALIVE Rescue. Sure, it’s not millions (yet) but it’s money I wouldn’t have been able to contribute otherwise.
I am looking forward to expanding the Feral Female line soon (within a few weeks!!) and coming out with a few more designs. Year three will be the year of merch.
Helping urgent dogs
In some ways, every pet that is sitting in a shelter or in a rescue is urgent. However, as I’ve become more involved at Chicago Animal Care & Control, I’ve seen too many good dogs too close to being euthanized at our city shelter. While I am extremely proud of the work CACC is doing, the reality is too many dogs are brought into our shelter every day.
Over the past few months, I’ve been working with Tara Majeed and Margaret Fraser to spotlight these dogs and find them fosters and adopters. Perhaps our favorite memory is Thurston who. We worked together to find him rescue and thanks to Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue, he is safe and available for adoption.
This year, I know I am going to get more involved with our city’s urgent dogs. We’re in the process of creating a very special organization to help Chicago rescues help our dogs.
Making new friends
After college, making new friends isn’t always the easiest. When I set out to create this blog, I was so focused on the animals that I didn’t consider the human aspect of it all. I can safely say my passion for animals has brought some wonderful people into my life. Rescue has introduced me to people who I would have otherwise never met. These people are now some of my biggest allies and a huge support system.
When things are tough with rescue, I can rely heavily on them to pick me up. I am incredibly grateful to be making good friends at an age I didn’t think it was possible.
Everything I’ve learned
Year two was all about growth. When I started this project, I thought I knew a decent amount about animals and rescue. I couldn’t have imagined how much I would learn myself. I feel so lucky that I’m connected with some of the most progressive leaders in the animal welfare industry. They’ve taught me so much and have been gracious while doing so. From local animals to ones in Spain, I’m so grateful for all that I’ve learned.
I never want to stop learning and I cannot wait to learn all that year three has in store for Rescue in Style.
So, again, thank you. If you’ve ever liked, commented, shared or messaged me, I appreciate you. Anyone who ever donated, attended an event, or bought a Feral Female item, I am humbled. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to do this. So let’s keep this going and help even more animals in this coming year.
*Thank you also to Indigo & Violet Studio for hosting the shoot! I am so lucky to have women who support other women in their dreams and passions. Leigh is incredible and if you ever are looking for something fun (and crafty!) to do, take a peek at her upcoming schedule. PS: She has the cutest dog you can follow over on Instagram.
ALIVE Rescue outdid themselves. I texted Kristen that I wanted to have a puppy party for my second birthday and she delivered. It was equal parts amazing and ridiculous to be surrounded by such cute little monsters. These babies will be available soon and you can check them out here. Psst: Prosecco is a viral star but I was really into Donut.
A huge thank you to The Dress Reserve who lent me dresses for this shoot. Natalie is the founder of The Dress Reserve and she is extremely passionate about our animals. If you need a dress for an event or any kind, contact Natalie, I cannot recommend her enough. She’s styled me for so many shoots, I am so thankful to The Dress Reserve for being a supporter of Rescue in Style.