Lending Paws

Lending paws

Real Dog Moms love to help their local community. Here are some wonderful ways to become involved with our local shelters, rescues and the like. Can’t donate financially, but plenty of time? Can’t foster a dog, but have a car and free time and can transport animals to foster homes or vet appointments? Here are ways to get involved with some of Chicago’s rescues and shelter. We have posted links to their websites or their amazon wish-lists for direct donation shipments!

OR have a certified Therapy Dog and looking for places to get involved in the Chicagoland area, check out this resource page.

One of our dog moms has asked for a database to be created for our wonderful community to share info for dog care. She mentioned she used to have a network available and therefore always had trusted and free care. We have created a link to begin this lovely idea. Feel free to fill in your information if you are interested in joining this network. If you are uncomfortable posting your contact info, just add your Instagram or FB link for someone to reach out to you that way.  It takes a village, right? Click the paw for the link. I will give you access to this private document upon request. ⚠ please note any abuse of this database will result in your immediate removal. That includes anything other than seeking help with shared pet care.  ⚠


Chicago Canine Rescue (CCR) was founded in 2001 to help find permanent, loving homes for homeless dogs in our city. In just over fourteen years, CCR has saved the lives of over 6,000 dogs, cats, kittens (yes, we have started helping a few felines each year, too!) and puppies. CCR is one of the easiest facilities to volunteer and help. You can either walk their dogs or help in the shelter with bathing, watering, and cleaning the dogs and facility. They are open from 10 am to 7 pm although it’s best to come the first time in the mid to later part of the day so that the staff can help you get oriented.

Newman Nation: Senior Pets United is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based out of the Chicago, IL area with the eventual goal to have foster homes nationwide. We are a volunteer-run, foster-based rescue. ​Due to the high cost of their veterinary care, senior cats and dogs are one of the most at-risk groups of being placed on the euthanasia list at overcrowded shelters. This is why we are committed to giving seniors the second chance they deserve. Newman Nation only admits the most urgent cats and dogs meeting one or more of the following criteria:
  • Over 10 years of age
  • At risk at a high-volume facility
  • In need of immediate medical attention
  • Special needs
Email to sign up to foster or send donations to via paypal: seniorpetsunited@gmail.com Donations and foster homes are their only needs as fosters are too spread out across several states. 


OTAT is greatly in need of volunteers to care for their dogs during volunteer shifts, train to be adoption counselors, represent at events, and drive dogs from point a’s to point b’s! To learn more about volunteering, head over to onetail.org/volunteer-opportunities. Fostering is of course a *huge* way for anyone to help out—It’s completely free and generally the foster period lasts 2-3 weeks—-Homes without dogs (or “ISO” fosters) are especially needed. If you are interested in making a financial contribution outside of an event, their membership program is absolutely the heartbeat to their funding and tremendously eases the burden of vet bills—It’s simply a $10 donation each month, and there’s cool swag included at the beginning of each year.