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Spay Illinois Low Cost Vaccination Clinic August 23, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tails N Whiskers

960 S Water Street

Wilmington, IL

Spay Illinois is offering wellness appointments for cats and dogs between the hours of 4:00PM and 7:00PM.

Here pets can receive important preventative care services at a low cost. Spay Illinois offers core vaccinations, such as their 1-YR dog wellness package for only $69 and their 1-YR cat wellness package for only $30.
These packages include the state required, 1-YR Rabies vaccination. Additional services include microchipping, Heartworm testing, and more.

To book your appointment or simply learn more about their pricing and services, call (630) 961-8000. We also operate a special program to provide discounts to pet owners receiving LINK or SSDI benefits through the state. If you qualify, be sure to ask about these special discounts when scheduling your appointment.

Spay Illinois is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Learn more about their program and services by visiting


Romeo has found his forever home!

Please welcome Romeo to Making A Difference Rescue!
Romeo is a 50lb, 1-year-old male Shepherd mix.
Romeo is micro chipped, neutered, uptd on vaccinations, and Heartworm negative.
Romeo has done well with dogs and children.
He is super friendly and is high energy.
He knows his basic commands and is currently working on his inside manners and leash skills.
He would do best in a home with a high fence and not an electric fence.
If you are interested in Romeo and live in the Channahon or Chicago Area,
Please apply below.

The Results of Chicago Rescue Day – 219 SAVED by 30 Area Rescues!

Making A Difference Rescue was one of 30 rescues that participated in today’s Chicago Rescue Day.
We will update you soon with 3 new fur friends that have joined our rescue.
The Two Chicago open access shelters that 30 rescue groups pulled from were Chicago Animal Care and Control and Animal Welfare League/ Wabash.
219 animals RESCUED!

Total counts:
49 dogs
108 cats
2 other
Animal Welfare League/ Wabash
36 dogs
25 cats
1 guinea pig


Zena, Forever Rest In Peace

Zena crossed the rainbow bridge early Saturday morning. 💔🐾

She lived a full life until just a couple days ago, she was rushed to the vet early on Saturday morning. It was her time, vet said that a tumor had ruptured and that she was bleeding internally. She had lost a lot of blood in a short period of time. Zena was a 15 year old big sweetheart. She was loyal and very friendly.

Zena is missed terribly by her loving family, they are all heartbroken. Losing Zena has especially affected her best friend, Roxy, a senior pit bull. She is grieving, she won’t eat or drink and is literally crying. They’ve been raised together since pups. 😢🐾

Our condolences go out to the Beavers Family. From our family to yours, we are very sorry for your family’s loss.




Chicago Rescue Day August 6, 2017

On Sunday August 6th, the rescue and shelter community in Chicago will come together to make a big impact on our open access shelters by intaking as many dogs and cats as we are able.

Together we can ease the burden of the high summer intake, show our support of the open access shelters, and prove that we are a collaborative community that can make great things happen when we work together.

Ways to participate:

Rescue: Take in a minimum of 1 dog or 1 cat, but as many as possible from either CACC or AWL Wabash.

Sponsor: Make a monetary pledge to support the participating rescues and shelters

In Kind: Donate microchips, collars, PR, photography, free spay/neuter, or some other good or service to help the rescuers.

You can also help support all of our mission by purchasing a t-shirt here.
Funds from the sale will be distributed to the rescues involved as sponsorships.





United Pet Group Voluntary Recalls Multiple Brands of Rawhide Chew Products for Dogs Due to Possible Chemical Contamination


For Immediate Release
June 10, 2017
United Pet Group
Meg Rowley
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United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of packages of rawhide dog chew products that were distributed to retail outlets and sold online in the U.S. The recall involves the brands and products described below.

The recall was initiated after  United Pet Group identified that certain of its rawhide chew manufacturing facilities located in Mexico and Colombia, as well as one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing of rawhide chews. The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment, but it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.

United Pet Group received very limited reports of pet illness based on the volume of possibly affected rawhide chew products manufactured and distributed. The primary complaint received from consumers was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor. Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported.

Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting. These symptoms may require treatment by a veterinarian depending on severity.

The affected product was distributed nationwide from United Pet Group’s Edwardsville, Illinois distribution facility and was delivered to consumers through various retail establishments including online outlets. All of the dog chew products included in the voluntary recall identify an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 located on the back of the package.

The products subject to the recall are described below.

Product Brands
Product Names and Identifying Information
American Beefhide
United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the American Beefhide brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide. Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall. This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Manufactured by:
Salix Animal Health, LLC Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Digest-eeze brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide. Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB, and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall. This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Manufactured by:
Salix Animal Health, LLC Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fun and Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fit)
United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Healthy Hide brand, Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit brand, and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun brand on the label.
This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide. Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall. This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. 3001 Commerce St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 1-800-645-5154 Consumers who have purchased the products described above are urged to dispose of the product or return it directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they initially purchased the product for full refund. Please see brand logos below which will assist in identifying affected products.

We take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously and we are continuing to investigate the cause of this problem. We are implementing changes across  the  affected manufacturing facilities in order to prevent this problem from reoccurring in the future. United Pet Group is also working with retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and removed from inventory.

If you have these products, please contact the United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 1-855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for a refund.

Consumers with questions may call the consumer affairs team at the number listed above.

For press inquiries, please contact Meg Rowley at 985-237-9786, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.


Tinkerbell Is In Search Of Her Forever Home

Update 2/14/18

Tinkerbell is a 10-year-old Throwback Pomeranian.
She currently weighs 13lbs. She is extremely affectionate with people that she trusts.
She is very loyal and walks well on a leash. She will go outside and use pads 90% of the time.
She is not fully housebroken.
Tinkerbell is in search of a quiet forever home without small infants, toddlers, or young children.
She has lived with cats in the past and is currently fostered in a home with other dogs.
That being said, she is extremely dog selective and unfortunately, fearless.
She has no qualms bullying other dogs regardless of their size.
She insists on eating with the rest of the pack but will guard her bowl around other dogs.
It is in her best interest to be in a home without any other dogs.
She would not do well in an apartment or condo situation as she will bark incessantly when frightened during storms and absolutely hates fireworks.
If you are interested in providing Tinkerbell a forever home and live within 30 miles of Chicago, please fill out our adoption survey.

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In order to earn part of the pool for your favorite animal welfare organization, all you have to do is download the ResQwalk app and start walking! Here is what the ResQwalk community has accomplished to date:

Community Days at Carson Pirie Scott November 9-12, 2016




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Grief, Loss, and Staying Present.


Written by Carson Reid

In the aftermath of losing Cece, I felt like I needed to say something about mental health and the importance of our animals. So…here it is. Honest public discussions about anxiety and depression are becoming more common, and I think it can be incredibly valuable to talk about these experiences openly, because they are so often shared by others.

Every significant moment in my life is organized in my brain by date, time of day, and day of the week. As I get older, the number of days out of the year that must be noted, dreaded, or honored in some way just increases. Last Friday, April 1st, 11pm, was added to the list. My dad also died on a Friday, also at 11pm, December 16, 2011. On Tuesday, July 7, 2009, about 4pm, with afternoon sun blasting through the kitchen windows and a pretty terrible vegan quiche in the oven, I had my first proper kiss. But on another beautiful Tuesday afternoon in March, that boy broke my heart. Around 3pm on Thursday, December 18th, 2014, my favorite doctor called to say I had cancer.

Those little details shouldn’t matter, but somehow that is the information my anxious brain clings to when the alarm goes off and all the signs say “Pay attention, this is important.” Some of those moments are bright and vivid and joyous, but many of them are snapshots of the deepest pain, fear and uncertainty.

I was reminded this weekend that all of those moments are connected. They all live in the same part of my brain and heart. Experiences of trauma do not exist in a vacuum, and they like to gang up on you and combine in new and excruciating little ways.
In retrospect, I have realized that I was always an anxious child, and experienced a lot of physical symptoms of general anxiety disorder without any sort of understanding, but in October of 2013 (amazingly I don’t remember the date), I had my first full-fledged panic attack. It was the kind where you get super light-headed, dizzy, and nauseous, and your heart beats so fast that death seems like an inevitable relief.

I very rarely have those anymore. When I do, it usually involves a trip to the dermatologist, because two major surgeries and eighteen (and counting) smaller ones definitely counts as negative conditioning. Over the last year, the number of times each day that i think about those specific Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, has decreased, by a lot. For the last year, the thing that I think about several times every day is, “I can’t wait to get home so I can take my dog for a walk. She’ll be so happy to see me. She’ll be so glad that I exist. Maybe I’ll bake some chicken for both of our dinners.”

My dog was not a trained service dog. She wasn’t a trained anything. She was old and falling apart and a very picky eater and not very smart and often loud and sometimes cranky and occasionally mean to children. But she was everything I needed because she needed me.

Everyone talks about the amazing unconditional love of dogs. It’s true, they give us affection without judgement. But the greatest gift that Cece gave me, was expecting more. She demanded that I buy the most premium dog food, and then demanded that I change it every week for variety or she’d go on a hunger strike. She demanded that I arrange my schedule so that she could make inconveniently tiny poops at least four times a day, instead of one or two big ones. She demanded that i get in bed and turn the lights out a reasonable hour, because old ladies get very cranky past their bedtime. She insisted that certain strangers we encountered on our walks were meant to be new friends. She demanded that I be present, and active, and brave, even at the airport, because her happiness depended upon my happiness.

Everything about Cece made me want to be the best human I could, for her. And that human happened to be the best version of myself. She was so deserving of love and protection and comfort and long walks in the sunshine, and it kind of blew my mind that I, and no one else, could do all of that for her. Caring for Cece gave me a daily purpose, and the stability and routine of her needs started to make it seem possible to take care of myself. That focus and consistency, and knowing what she expected of me, helped me in ways that medications and talk therapy never could.

I don’t think trauma or anxiety ever go away. This week I have been reminded of that in a sharp way. My apartment felt too quiet and empty, and I had my first real panic attacks in many months. I have learned that I am incredibly resilient. I have survived all of those Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, and the past three months have been some of my absolute happiest.
Right now I still feel scared and sick and shaken, and the ticker tape of Bad Days has been on loop since 5am Saturday morning. But in the quiet moments when my heart stops racing, I am deeply, achingly grateful that I know now what it is to be needed. I know that the thing that can snap me out of an infinite anxiety loop, and pull me out of stagnation, is a little dog who expects me to wake up and be the World’s Best Human every single day. No excuses.