In August of last year I did a Crafting Crew Volunteer Day at The Anti-Cruelty Society with some of my coworkers. While there I met Rosebud, an adorable 10 week old mutt. I fell in love immediately and after a couple of days of convincing Cheryl, webrought home a new puppy and renamed her Miss Brie. Little did weknow Miss Brie was about to become a celebrity. Anti-Cruelty had submitted Miss Brie for consideration for Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl, and in September she was picked to make her TV debut. My mom, Miss Brie, and I flew out to New York in October with Colette from the Anti-Cruelty Society so Miss Brie could take the field for Team Ruff (hence our team name).
Miss Brie made it into the starting lineup and was featured on MSN and Yahoo's websites (among others), appeared on Fox 32's Good Day Chicago, ABC Eyewitness News, NBC News, and CBS News, and her photo was front and center on page 3 of the Sunday edition of the Chicago Tribune from Super Bowl Sunday. Miss Brie became a celebrity, and was able to get much needed press and attention for the Anti-Cruelty Society. I also hosted a Beam Suntory table at the Society's Pour Your Heart Out fundrasier in February, and have another company volunteer day scheduled at Anti-Cruelty in late April.
After taking part in the PAWS 5K two years in a row with our moms, friends and all of our dogs, it was obvious we needed to bring Miss Brie and her dog brother, Mr. Pecan, to Anti-Cruelty's Bark in the Park. Please either join us, or support us by clicking on the links to the right. And help us reach our goal of $500 to support such a great organization that is very close to our hearts.
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.