Strawberry Fields Animal Rescue Illinois
A Special Message to Our Supporters,
Presently we are operating at minimum capacity and will continue to do so for at least the next couple months. We will not be taking in any new rescues and that includes owner surrenders. We will keep everyone updated through our website and our social media channels as to any changes. That being said, we still have a few animals in our care that are long term residents and one animal presently up for adoption. The animal up for adoption is our Vaughn.
Because we have not been active on social media and in the community- donations are low and we ask that you please make a donation to help us support our current rescues. Again, we will continue to keep everyone abreast of any changes.
-Andrea Blume, Executive Director
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Keep Up With Important Topics
In Animal Welfare
Take some time to read from the sections below!
The Human Animal Bond
The human-animal bond transcends all, regardless of where someone lives, their race, or how much they have in their bank account - pet ownership is for everyone. It’s a concept that is gaining more and more acceptance across animal welfare, and it has brought a new approach to keep people and pets together.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Much of what we do in animal welfare is built on discriminatory practices. We don't adopt to people we believe have adequate homes. We may conduct background checks. Sometimes we virtually chase people out of the shelter because we believe they won't be
adequate adopters. The list goes on and on.
Judging Pet Owners
There is a person behind every pet and as pet owners we all start somewhere.
Standing in judgement of pet owners doesn't save the lives of animals and doesn't help owners we think might be less than "perfect". There’s a big difference between a genuine desire to educate, set an example, and plant a seed versus wanting to feel superior or unfairly gate-keep.
Every shelter animal is an individual and every one of them have a story but so do the pet owners.
One Health Integration
One Health Integration focuses on highlighting the Human-Animal Bond (HAB) when we consider how to best support the health and well-being of humans, animals, and their communities. To achieve the best outcome for people, animals, and the environment we need to offer successful public health interventions with cooperation between professionals in all three sectors.
Pet Mutual Aid
As our industry moves toward a community-based model, we can see how animal welfare readily fits into this vision. Heather Owen from Chicago's own One Tail At A Time said, “It used to be that we would never ask anyone if we could help them keep their animal because the people coming in to surrender them were bad people. We subscribed to the industry wide notion that people who couldn’t afford pets shouldn’t have them.”