Check out our recent interview with Kristen Smoot of Chicagoland Dog Rescue and find out how the organization is helping save dogs all over the Chicago area.
Chicagoland Dog Rescue was founded many years ago by a few individuals who had been doing rescue work on their own. They knew that they would be able to save many more dogs if they combined their efforts and formed their own organization. Our founders have all moved on (retired out of state) and we now have a completely different set of individuals serving on our board.
Chicagoland Dog Rescue is a volunteer based, shelter-less rescue. We are a not for profit organization, dedicated to rescuing, socializing and placing homeless dogs into permanent homes, regardless of breed, size or age.
Were you previously involved with animal rescue or volunteer work before starting your rescue was this your first foray into the world of pet rescue?
I got involved with CDR after taking my Chocolate Lab through their training program many years ago. I was really impressed with the organization and started out as a general volunteer, then became involved with their training program, then started fostering, and now I’m a board member.
What do you feel sets your rescue apart from other local rescues?
One of the things that sets Chicagoland Dog Rescue apart from other rescues is that we offer lifetime training for the dogs that are adopted out. We hold training classes twice a week and they are required for newly adopted dogs and are open to anyone who has adopted from Chicagoland Dog Rescue as long as they own the dog.
With so many rescues throughout Illinois, how did you decide on an all breed rather than breed specific rescue?
We believe this affords us the opportunity to rescue as many dogs as possible.
Do you have any pets at home of your own or any current foster pets?
I have several dogs of my own (yes, I am a foster failure) and I almost always have one or two foster dogs in my home.
What’s the hardest thing about rescue work?
Certainly the hardest thing about rescue work is not having the ability to do more. As a shelterless rescue organization we are limited by the number of fosters available to take in dogs in need.