Peter Runs for Pups
I've never personally worked with The Anti-Cruelty Society, but I believe strongly in their mission and goals. Since this is the Chicago Marathon, I wanted to be sure I was supporting a Chicago organization. The ACS helps a ton of animals in the Chicago area find new homes, and become a part of families. As I begin the process of refocusing my life around passions, fitness and animals are two of my main focus areas. If I'm going to punish my body, at least I can help the animals in need!
I am a firm believer in the concept of adopt don't shop, as there's so many animals all over the world in need of love and support.
Let's talk about my experience working with another animal organization in Colorado. This past summer I became a foster parent for a local organization in Colorado. Once my schedule allowed it, I told myself I was going to take the first animal in need of a foster home. That animal ended up being Harry, an 11-year-old Pekingese. Harry was surrendered by his previous owner because they were going into a retirement home and couldn't bring him with. I'm sure this person was heartbroken. Harry was in need of some dental work, and a loving home during the process. After a couple weeks of caring for Harry, it became obvious he and I had bonded, and I became a foster failure.
I was incredibly afraid to take on an older dog, because I dealt with the heartbreak of losing a furry loved one. But, I wouldn't change a thing, as I'm able to give Harry his best life in his elderly years. I'd like to be able to continue to do this, and love the fact that I'm helping another organization doing the same work.
About the Anti-Cruelty Society
In 1899, Rose Fay Thomas, wife of Chicago Symphony Orchestra founder Theodore Thomas, established The Anti-Cruelty Society and forever changed the landscape of animal welfare throughout the Chicago region. Since that time, the Society has endured as Chicago's oldest and largest open admission animal welfare organization, one that provides a wide breadth of programs that save the lives of thousands of animals each year. A certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the recipient of a four-star Charity Navigator rating, The Anti-Cruelty Society’s mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people.
Today, The Anti-Cruelty Society remains the oldest and the largest open admission animal welfare organization in Chicago. All animals are welcome at the Society every day of the year. We never turn an animal away from our doors. Ever. And once an animal is admitted, they can stay as long as it takes to find their forever home.
However, the care that we provide to animals in need is only possible through the friendship and support of our community. And by choosing to run with Team Anti-Cruelty, you are making a difference to each and every one of the animals that comes to us in search of hope, comfort, and healing.
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