I’ve loved animals for as long as I can remember and I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for those that don’t have a voice. I love what I do for a living but it hasn’t been enough to keep me from feeling that something has been missing in my world. In 2012 my husband and I opened our doors to fostering dogs for Magnificent Mutts Rescue.  We knew we could do more so in 2013 and every year after we will be donating a portion of our proceeds to several fabulous animal organizations.  Please check our blog frequently for information on the happenings of our family and our foster dogs.


MAGNIFICENT MUTTS is a 501( c )3 non-for-profit animal rescue founded in 2001 by Linda Latelle. They mainly rescue domestic dogs and cats that come from various situations but approximately 95% of their animals come from high kill shelters in the mid-west region. Mag Mutts(as I lovingly call them) is responsible for saving approximately 600 animals every year! Learn more at

A PLACE TO BARK is a no kill foster and adoption rescue dedicated to the welfare of animals and was founded by Bernie Berlin.  Established in 2001, we mainly work with Animal Control Agencies, rescuing animals from high kill shelters and fostering them until they are healthy. This provides an ideal situation for the animals. They are then placed for adoption through Humane Societies in various parts of the country. We cover all costs for the medical care of the animals with no cost to the Humane Societies. We also handle some private adoptions after a strict screening process.  Many of these dogs are transported to Chicagoland and are placed up for adoption with partnering rescue programs.  Learn more at

THE FOX VALLEY ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE, est. in 1946, is a non-profit organization committed to offering programs and services that help keep companion animals happy, healthy and safe.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for companion animals by providing programs and services that reduce pet overpopulation, support animal health/wellness and ensure no companion pet goes hungry.
We adhere to the highest ethical standards and are dedicated to working with local communities and our rescue network to create an environment that strives to eliminate the need for euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals.    We also run a food pantry for qualified families in order to reduce the number of pets being surrendered or abandoned due to lack of food and/or medical needs, lessening the burden of homeless pets on local animal shelters and rescue groups, reducing the number of animals being euthanized.  We also provide routine wellness care at our clinic, including vaccinations, heartworm test, and microchips.  Learn more at

Did you know?

  • 3-4 million pets are euthanized every year in the US.
  • Approximately 9,000 pets are euthanized per day in the US.
  • Approximately 6 pets are euthanized per minute in the US.

Please consider a shelter pet when adding to your family. And in the wise words of Bob Barker “Help control the pet population; have your pet spayed or neutered”.