Real Dog Moms is a tongue-in-cheek name, as we know the name sounds boujee, but we strive to be an inclusive community of dog-crazed mommas and poppas. We love coming together to do good while having fun. Monthly events are hosted for just the humans and ones for parents and their dogs (we love dads, too).
Events range from crafting (Christmas ornaments or door mats) to making toys or blankets for rescues or pool parties & indoor romps in the winter for our dogs to have fun. Or outdoor dog-friendly patio fun in the summers, so we can connect as a community with our dogs.
Our goal is to drive a tighter network between dog friendly businesses, dog rescues, and dog lovers. We do all of this for fun! To date, we take no profit and donate everything to local rescues.
Check out our events page to see what fun is coming up next!
Our first group fundraising event was in June 2017, the Chicago PAWS 5K walk. Team nickname “Chicago Dog No Ketchup.” We were 20 Real Dog Moms and Dads, and we raised just under $3,000 in one month. In 2018, we grew to 97 walkers and raised over $9,000!! RDMoC was the top fundraising team for the PAWS Chicago 5k!! You can join us this year (Join team name: Real Dog Moms of Chicago) and walk for the homeless dogs & cats of Chicago!
Our second major fundraiser ever was the charity calendar. We hosted a contest via Instagram and selected 16 local dogs to be involved in a 2018 calendar to raise money for the Trio Animal Foundation. Big thanks to local pet photographer Laura Photos Pets for her time & hard work! From that calendar, we raised $4,200 for Trio. We hope to repeat this local dog fun again soon, so stay tuned.
Our goal is continually raise money for local shelters through our events. Since beginning to host events in September of 2017, we have raised more than $68,000 for Chicago Animal Rescues and Shelters, are we aren’t stopping any time soon. We even filed as a Benefit Corporation, Real Dog Moms, in the State of Illinois and are committed to creating community and helping out local small businesses and rescues/shelters.
Our dream is to one day open a senior dog sanctuary. Nothing touches our hearts deeper than discarded grayed muzzles. We don’t understand how or why it happens. What we do know is that we want to one day open a Sanctuary where discarded seniors can spend their days enjoying open fields, endless belly rubs, and treats until the end of their days. We don’t want to see seniors waiting for a forever home or being transferred from foster to foster (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but we want them to find themselves on a ranch to call “home”. Our hopes are to grow the funds through brand relationship kickbacks to one day make this dream a reality.
The Real Dog Moms want to help our community find ways to become more involved with rescues, shelters, and the like. If you have time but not finances, if you have a car to transport animals, but can’t foster. Look here for ways different ways to get involved, how ever often and local to you. Or you can find Amazon wish-lists so you can send items directly to rescues and help without ever leaving your home. OR you head over to our become a Chicago Foster Page to learn more about local rescues. There you can find information on the fostering process, their requirements, and the resources they provide to their foster homes.