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Carson’s Fall Community Event is November 11-14, 2015

fall 2015Making A Difference Rescue has partnered up with Carson Pirie Scott’s Community Days Fall Event!

Please help us reach our goal to raise much needed funds to help more animals in need!

Community Days is now a

4 Day event!

It will take place Wednesday, November 11 through Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Bon-Ton, Elder-Beerman, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Herberger’s and Younkers.

Stores open early and stay open late.
Find a store near you!

Click  here to purchase and Carson Pirie Scott’s will ship you your coupon booklet free of charge!  Please order online by Friday November 6th, 2015 to ensure mailing time.

 Save big on great items while supporting your community!

 Our Community Day booklet is better than ever
— featuring more savings coupons,
better Bonus Buys
and longer Early Bird hours.

Your donation of $5 will get you over $500 in exclusive coupon savings, including:

  • Coupon worth $10 off on a $10 or more item.

  • 30% off on a single item.

  • Tiered shopping pass for 25% / 20% / 10% off each regular or sale priced item.

  • 35 Item suggestions to use the $10 coupon offer on.

  • 18 Item suggestions to use the 30% coupon offer on.

  • 28 Bar-coded merchandise offers: Customers must have the coupon to receive the special pricing on these offers.

  • 1 Web coupon

This valuable coupon booklet can be purchased
for just $5 each, good toward great merchandise at the Bon-Ton family of stores during the special
Community Day Sale November 11 – 14, 2015.



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October 1, 2015 is National Black Dog Day

For those involved with dog rescue organizations and shelters, Black Dog Syndrome is a very real phenomenon. Rescues and shelters around the country know that black dogs are the last to be adopted and among the first to be euthanized. According to the National Council on Pet Population, approximately 3-4 million dogs are euthanized each year. Dog rescue statistics provide hard data for a problem that rescue volunteers already understand. Any dog that enters a shelter is faced with an uphill battle and more often than not, a grim future.15% of dogs are fortunate to be reunited with their owners.Nearly 60% of dogs that enter shelters are euthanized.

Only 25% of dogs entering a shelter are lucky enough to be adopted. There are no statistics available on how many black dogs are euthanized, but we know that more black dogs are euthanized than dogs with other coat colors.

The black dog is the underdog of all rescue dogs. Maybe they don’t photograph as well as lighter colored dogs. Maybe it is because Hollywood teaches us that black always represents the bad guy. Maybe it is because many of the larger breeds that tend to end up in shelters and rescues are predominately black. Whatever the reason, placing a black dog in a local shelter is usually a death sentence.


It is Now Or Never!

Written by Susan Taney

At the request of Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey, the Cook County Independent Inspector General (OIIG) conducted an 8 month audit of Cook County Animal Control.  On August 21, 2015, the OIIG released its audit summary.    The OIIG found many failures in regards to providing services to Cook County residents and their pets.  Cook County is funded by rabies tag monies, which are paid by Cook County residents (including Chicago).


  • No centralized database for posting found dogs for Cook County.
  • No facility (FY 2015 $4 million budget – 2014 intake 262 animals; compared to City of Chicago Animal Care and Control FY2015 $5.5 million – 2014 intake 21,037 animals)
  • No listing of Cook County stray holding facilities on the Cook County Animal and Rabies Control website  (approx. 37 different facilities in Cook County that hold strays).
  • No central repository system (microchip numbers and rabies tags number) available to other shelters and law enforcement to reunite pets with their family quickly.

All these failures lead to an ineffective system of reuniting lost dogs with their families.  Pets are family members.   They should be treated as such.

Cook County Residents (including Chicago)

Please contact the President of Cook County Board and each County Commissioner Board Member and let them respectfully know that you support the recommended changes presented by the Cook County Inspector General as a FIRST step toward fixing the problems of Cook County Animal Control.

Here is the listing of the President and the County Commissioner Board.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle  – Phone: 312.603.4600

Commissioner Richard R .Boykin  – District #1

Phone: 312.603.4566           

Commissioner Robert B. Steele – District #2


Commissioner Jerry Butler – District #3

Phone: 312.603.6391           

Commissioner Stanley Moore – District #4

Phone: 312.603.2065           

Commissioner Deborah Sims – District #5

Phone: 312.603.6381           

Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy – District #6

Phone: 312.603.4216           

Commissioner Jesús G. García – District #7

Phone: 312.603.5443           

Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. – District #8

Phone: 312.603.6386           

Commissioner Peter N. Silvestri – District #9

Phone: 312.603.4393           

Commissioner Bridget Gainer District #10

Phone: 312.603.4210           

Commissioner John P. Daley – District #11

Phone: 312.603.4400             

Commissioner John A. Fritchey – District #12

If you would like to thank Commissioner Fritchey for initiating this investigation, please contact him.

Commissioner Larry Suffredin – District #13

Phone: 312.603.6383           

Commissioner Gregg Goslin – District #14

Phone: 312.603.4932           

Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider – District #15

Phone: 312.603.6388           

Commissioner Jeffrey R. Tobolski – District #16

Phone: 312.603.6384           

Commissioner Sean Morrison – District #17

Phone: 312.603.4215           

We need to let the President and Cook County Commissioners know that the residents of Cook County overwhelmingly support changes to provide better services to the Cook County Residents and their pets.

Ferris has found his forever home!

Ferris is ready to Fall in love with a forever home! Ferris is a one year old kitty. He is good with others cats, dogs, well behaved children, and loves to snuggle. Ferris is up to date on shots, wormed, Leuk/Aids negative, neutered and microchipped. He is litter box trained as well.

3 Ways to Determine if Your Cat is Overweight

by VetDepot

You probably already know that keeping your cat at a healthy weight is essential for her overall health. A healthy weight helps reduce your feline companion’s chances of suffering from arthritis, heart disease, and other serious health issues. Below are three easy ways to keep an eye on your cat’s weight:

1. The Rib Check: This physical check is one of the most reliable because the fur makes visual methods a little more difficult. Place your thumbs on your cat’s backbone with your hands on her rib cage. You should be able to feel her ribs easily without excess padding between the skin and the ribs.

2. The Overhead Check: Look at your cat from above. Her waste shouldn’t extend too far out beyond her ribs.

3. The Profile Check: Get on your cat’s level and look at her body from the side. Ideally, her abdomen should be tucked behind her rib cage. For a more detailed explanation, see below:


Of course, breeds all differ in stature and no two cats are the same. Consult with a veterinarian to determine if your feline companion is overweight. Extra weight can be remedied with the right portions of a healthy cat food and plenty of exercise.

October 2015 Will County Spay Illinois

Pet owners in Will County are in for a real treat this October because once again, we’re offering discounted spay and neuter for ALL pet owners in Will County, all month long. Call Spay Illinois as soon as possible at (877) 475-7729 to receive incredibly affordable spay and neuter for your cats and dogs. We will require a photo ID as proof of residency at check out and this offer is limited to 2 pets per household. We highly encourage pet owners to take advantage of this opportunity to make the healthy choice for your pets. No tricks here, just treats. #WillCounty #SpayNeuterSavesLives

Please share widely so we can be sure to spread the word to as many pets in need as possible!

Why lost pets stay lost in Cook County

A recent investigation of Cook County’s Department of Animal and Rabies Control revealed the agency lacks a system for reuniting lost pets with their families. (Jeffrey Coolidge, The Image Bank)

Editorial Board

Your best friend, Bowser, is missing.

You’ve plastered the neighborhood with fliers, posted his mug on Facebook, circled the block for hours while holding a can of Alpo out the car window. You’ve offered up a prayer to St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, and cursed yourself for not registering that microchip. Now what?

It’s time to make the rounds at all the local shelters, come up empty, and repeat. If Bowser’s been picked up and you don’t find him quickly, he could be offered for adoption or, gulp, euthanized.

Don’t expect much help from Cook County’s Department of Animal and Rabies Control. It doesn’t operate a shelter and doesn’t consider reuniting lost pets with their families a big part of its mission. In a report last month, the county’s inspector general made a good case that it ought to, and we agree. Especially since the IG’s six-month review left us shaking our heads at what the department actually does.

 Animal Control is about rabies, mostly. It gets most of its funding from the sale of rabies tags — and spends much of that money to pay employees to type the rabies tag data into a very old computer system.

There are 22 full-time employees, and 13 of them spend most of their time processing tags, often earning comp time for working during their lunch hours, according to the IG’s report.

Most of the data is submitted by clinics, shelters, veterinarians and rescue groups that perform the actual rabies vaccinations, but Animal Control’s system is so dated that the information can’t be uploaded easily, if at all. So staffers do it by hand. If this reminds you of the Cook County clerk of the circuit court office, join the club.

The IG recommends a web-based system so veterinarians and others can input the data themselves, freeing up resources for more meaningful services (like helping you find Bowser).

Animal Control also holds low-cost rabies and microchip clinics and runs a spay/neuter rebate program to encourage pet sterilization.

The office is closed nights, weekends and holidays, and the IG’s report notes that law enforcement agencies throughout the county complain that they can’t access rabies data or find an animal control officer except during banking hours.

There are six employees who patrol the unincorporated area for strays. Their workday includes time spent commuting to and from work in their take-home government vehicles. For one employee, that’s three hours a day. If heavy traffic means their door-to-door workday lasts longer than eight hours, they get comp time.

What do they do in between? The report doesn’t say, exactly, but it sounds rather aimless. The IG recommends more supervision, along with a patrol strategy based on analytics, “not left to the discretion and judgment” of drivers. It also says work schedules “should be adjusted for improved coverage and reflective of the needs of the county.”

The big takeaway from the IG’s report, though, was the notion that Animal Control should take responsibility for unwinding the frustrating “maze” that prevents lost pets in Cook County from finding their way home.

Animal Control contracts with a shelter in Chicago Ridge to take in animals impounded by the county. Chicago sends its strays to a shelter in Little Village. A few suburbs have their own facilities. Then there are more than a dozen nonprofit shelters and rescue groups. Together, they take in 50,000 animals a year. Bowser could end up at any one of them.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says fewer than 30 percent of dogs that come in as strays — and fewer than 5 percent of cats — are claimed by an owner. Those odds are likely worse in Cook County, because owners don’t know where to start. It makes sense for them to start with Animal Control, the IG says.

The agency’s website should provide a road map for the search, the report says, with a list of all the shelters and rescue groups, including phone numbers and Internet links. It could also include a registry that can be accessed by the public to upload posts and photos about lost and found pets, and a database of microchip registrations and rabies tag numbers to help shelters and local police identify animals they pick up.

That would be a real service to the people whose rabies tag fees fund Animal Control, and the costs would be more than covered if the agency adopted the efficiencies recommended in the IG’s report. That would be a tail-wagging outcome for everyone. Especially Bowser.

Copyright © 2015, Chicago Tribune

Welcome Charlie, Lily, Bessie & Roscoe to our rescue.

11998868_10154212645958012_1158057668203092106_nThese adorable puppies were born June 22, 2015 and are 10 weeks old today. They are looking for fur-ever homes.

They are Chihuahua/Yorkie/Beagle mix and they are so sweet! (momma = Yorkie/Beagle mix and daddy = purebred Chihuahua)

Our rescue just took them in yesterday so right away they all had their 1st vetting appointment.

If you are interested in adopting, please complete our adoption inquiry form.
A home visit is required before an adoption. Inquiries must be within a reasonable distance.
No out of state inquiries accepted.



Cocoa has found her fur-ever home

We are ecstatic to share with you the happy news that Cocoa has found her fur-ever home!!

Cocoa was all tail wags and smiles when we arrived in her new home. She immediately recognized Mike & Julie as the nice people that came to visit her a few weeks ago. They had so many toys, yummy food, a comfy bed waiting for her.
We could not be happier for Cocoa!!

We are so grateful to all of her caretakers who have showered her with love, patience and guidance. This would not be possible without you.

The Health Benefits of Bananas for Dogs

by VetDepot

Bananas may not seem like a likely choice when it comes to choosing a treat for your dog, but there are actually quite a few health benefits to sharing a little of that yummy yellow fruit with Fido.

The Benefits

For both humans and dogs alike, bananas are a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, fiber, biotin, and copper. Bananas help boost the immune system, replenish electrolytes, and promote skin and coat health. In moderation, bananas can make a healthy, low-calorie treat for dogs.

But, Don’t Go Overboard

Too much of anything can be a bad thing. Since bananas are high in natural sugar, dogs should only eat them as a treat, not as part of their regular diet. Excess banana consumption can lead to constipation in dogs. Also, dogs should never be fed the peel, which can cause a serious blockage.

Do Dogs Even Like Bananas?

The simplest answer is that some dogs do and some dogs don’t. Start off with just a little bite to test how your dog reacts. Try a swipe of peanut butter on top for an extra-special canine snack.

Remember, you should always discuss any questions or concerns about your dog’s diet and nutritional requirements with a veterinarian.

Just chillin’ and eating a healthy banana snack… 🙂

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