April 7, I had the pleasure of working with Safe House Animal Rescue League, of Mendota, IL. I volunteered by photographing the new dogs they had coming in from high-kill shelters. The pups, and their foster families were a joy to work with, and the experience was wonderful. It seemed as though everyone had a good time, and the pups were naturals in front of the camera!
SHARL is a phenomenal rescue organization, focusing on helping those animals at greatest risk in high kill shelters and/or on euthanasia lists. The animals they save are brought into loving foster families, who give them the love, shelter, and at times, rehabilitation that they so desperately need. They also offer a low-cost spay/neuter program to owned and community cats, and have a wonderful barn cat program, giving feral cats a second chance at life by placing them in farms as working mousers.
They were established in 2008, and are currently fundraising to build a shelter facility.
So, how did I come to volunteer with SHARL? Well, my husband and I had been talking for some time about adopting a cat. We had a few opportunities arise, but it never seemed to be the right timing. As I was perusing Craigslist April 6, I happened across one of SHARL’s shelter ads for a cat named Milo. Orange and white, a couple of years old, and missing one eye. Something told me I had to inquire, and Jeremiah agreed. So, I contacted Monica, of Safe House Animal Rescue League, and we had several emails back and forth about meeting Milo, and in the process, she invited me to come out and photograph the new dogs they had coming in on Saturday. It all seemed rather “meant to be”. And was it ever.
Milo is now with us, in his forever home. He is snuggly and playful, spunky and gentle, and the biggest love I’ve ever met. And I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to the volunteers who helped Milo get where he is today. When SHARL took him in, he had both eyes, but his right eye was swollen; the lens, cornea, and iris were all detached, he was in a great deal of pain, and he needed surgery to have the eye removed. 11 gracious souls donated to Milo’s surgery fund, and he is now pain-free, and loving life. Safe House Animal Rescue League is truly a special organization, and I highly recommend anyone looking to volunteer their time, talent, or funds to a shelter, to give serious consideration to this one.
Here is a photo of Milo and Jeremiah…when we met him and fell completely in love.
And now, here are the pups that went home with their new foster families on Saturday! If you are interested in any of these sweethearts (or others listed on SHARL’s website), please contact the Safe House Animal Rescue League by filling out an adoption inquiry form, link found on this page. You can also scroll through the list of adoptable animals on that page, as well.
For more information on the Safe House Animal Rescue League, please visit their website or Facebook page!