BENEFITING: SOUTH SUBURBAN HUMANE SOCIETY
SSHS is excited to compete in the Michelson Saving Pets Challenge for the 3rd consecutive year!
For nearly four decades, we have provided an invaluable service to our community by taking in homeless pets, sheltering and caring for them, and finding their forever homes. We pride ourselves in being a progressive, innovative organization that other members of the animal welfare community look to for ideas and guidance. That’s why now more than ever, we need your support in helping us continue to expand and redefine what it means to be an animal resource center in our communities.
Our goal for this year's Saving Pets Challenge is to raise a total of $20,000. We want to focus our fundraising efforts on supporting new initiatives that make us an invaluable resource for our community:
Grassroots Community Outreach: This summer we will be launching Punch Out Parvo, a campaign to vaccinate our community’s vulnerable dogs against the deadly parvovirus. To get it started, we will hold two free vaccine clinics in Chicago Heights in June with more to come in Harvey, Dolton, and other underserved areas.
Progressive pet retention practices: SSHS intake staff ask people on a daily basis how we can help them keep their pets instead of surrendering them. A new database module helps us track every person we’re helping and allows us to follow up to make sure the person and pet are still safe and happy together. Microchipping pets with registered and up-to-date owner information is the only way to decrease the load on animal control facilities and area shelters. By holding Check your Chip and Microchipping events, we will ensure that more stray pets in our community are quickly returned home.
Innovative adoption and placement programs: Our Real Life Room for harder to place dogs showcases dogs in a home-like setting. Our Barn Cat Program saves feral cat lives by spaying/neutering and placing them in supportive, working environments. And our newly launched 24-Hour Kitten Nursery will save scores of orphaned kitten lives.
Join our fundraising team for this challenge and share the great work that we do! It is with your help that we are not only able to continue the care and sheltering of homeless pets, but also act as a resource for the community working toward dramatically decreasing the homeless pet population in Chicago's south suburbs.