Donate To Help Us Save Lives:
Any Amount Helps, Every Life Counts
SFAR takes in the seniors, the handicapped and the sick. The animals some of society deem "throw aways". We believe they are jewels in the rough. Precious, living, breathing souls. At SFAR they have a second chance at life. Our lifetime commitment to them ensures they will be safe for the rest of their lives.
Contribute to our mission
We need your help to continue rescuing senior animals! Please consider making a donation today. As we continue to take in more animals we must keep donations coming in. Your donations go toward things like:
life saving vaccines like rabies, canine distemper, feline distemper and bordetella
testing for internal parasites (it's not uncommon that animals coming from shelters will have parasites)
life saving heartworm preventatives and flea/tick prevention
treatment for ailments (ear infections, uri, uti and other infections)
special surgery and dentals
In our first year of operating we spent over $20,000 on medical expenses. We make sure each and every animal we take in gets the absolute best medical care. This is our promise to them. Your donations allow them to have a second chance at life and to get them the medical help they need.
Paypal: please use the donate button to take you directly to Paypal
Check or cash: Strawberry Fields Animal Rescue Illinois, P.O. Box 341 Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096
Where do your donations go?
Financials for the year 2021 are based from 7/2021-12/2021. SFAR started operating in 7/2021.
Almost every animal we take in has not had veterinary care in along time if ever. Making sure they have a thorough medical exam is the first step to making sure we spot any possible health problems.
Wellness exams can range from $40-75
It's imperative that all our rescues receive vaccines. Vaccines protect them from possible life threatening diseases like distemper, parvo virus, leptosporosis and rabies. All our rescues receive rabies, canine distemper, feline distemper and bordetella.
In 2021 we spent $900 on vaccines.
Vaccines can cost anywhere from $15 (individually)-$90 (complete set of vaccines)
All animals are tested for intestinal parasites by way of checking a fecal sample. Common intestinal parasites are roundworms, hookworms, giardia and others. External parasites can include fleas, ticks and lice.
In 2021 we spent $300 on testing fecal samples and over $700 on flea/tick preventatives.
Fecal Test can cost anymore from $20-80
Monthly flea/tick preventatives can range from $80 and up (varies by animal's weight and quantity of tablets)
Heartworm testing and prevention
Almost every single animal we take in has not been tested for heartworm disease and has not been on regular heartworm preventative. We go the extra step and do a test called a 4DX. This test is for heartworm disease as well as three tick borne diseases.
In 2021 we spent $500 on heartworm testing and $800 on heartworm prevention.
A 4DX test costs approximately $40
Heartworm prevention costs anywhere from $60-100 and up per dog. This depends on whether we elect to do a year long Proheart injection or use monthly tablets.
Almost all the animals we take in are already adults and are usually spayed and or neutered. Occasionally we do have to have one of our rescues spayed or neutered. A mature spay/neuter surgery costs more than a pediatric surgery. Unless an animal has a medical reason they can't be operated on it is nonnegotiable that they are spayed/neutered to prevent them from being bred.
In 2021 we spent $300 on spay/neuter surgeries.
Spay costs $150-250
Neuter costs $130-160
Treatment for Ailments
A lot of our rescues come to us sick. Some have minor ailments, like ear infections, to major ailments, like heartworm disease. Almost every rescue we take in has needed to be treated for something. This can cause major financial strain on the organization but it 100% necessary that they are treated and remain healthy and comfortable.
In 2021 we spent over $1,000 treating medical issues.
Treatment for ailments can range from $40-2,000 depending on the severity of the case.
Dentals and special surgeries
Often times our rescues may need special surgeries. In the case of our rescue Lucky, he had an anal gland abscess and needed to have emergency surgery. Our rescue Honey needs to have a bilateral enucleation (both eyes removed). Also, because we take in adult animals often times their teeth have been badly neglected. Poor dental health can lead to other health problems and can be incredibly painful.
In 2021 we spent $1100 on special surgeries and dentals.
Special surgeries can range from $500-2,000+
Dentals can range from $120-500+
Every animal SFAR takes in will receive a comprehensive blood panel. This blood tests looks at their liver, kidneys and other important values. We have diagnosed kidney disease, diabetes and other medical problems through doing this blood test. It is an additional cost but we go the extra mile for our rescues. These problems would have gone undiagnosed without this bloodwork.
In 2021 we spent $1400 on comprehensive blood tests.
Comprehensive bloodwork costs $100
Medications and prescription diets
A large majority of our rescues have needed medication. Different medications can range from anti-inflammatories, insulin, allergy medications, seizure medications, dewormers, antibiotics and sedatives. Another cost we incur is prescription diets. Our animals that have been diagnosed with things like kidney disease and/or diabetes have required prescription diets.
In 2021 we spent $2000 on prescription diets and prescription medications.
Medication can range from $20-80+
Prescription diets range from $60-100+
The Faces of Rescue
Your donations have gone to help each and every rescue. We wanted to highlight some of our special medical cases.
Send An E-Card
Profits from E-cards benefit SFAR
Would you like an ethical alternative to the paper waste of cards? Instead of sending a general greeting card how about considering doing things a little different? Make a donation on behalf of SFAR in lieu of standard cards. You get to send your person an e-card and special message and they’ll see that you put the money toward something that really matters to them, like helping to save the lives of senior animals. You can choose from a variety of beautiful cards for just about any occasion. The other great part is you can pick a card now and schedule when you want it to be sent to your person. Please use the button to be taken to SFAR's DontSendMeACard page. Check out some e-card examples below. We can also customize any card for you.
Support SFAR by shopping on
How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:
Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com
Select your charity
Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate donations for your chosen charity.
Tip: Add a bookmark to make it easier to shop at smile.amazon.com.
How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:
Open the Amazon Shopping app
Navigate to the main menu (≡)
Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
Select your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for the charity you have selected.
Note: The tablet app is not yet supported. Please visit smile.amazon.com/onthego to learn more.
New or Gently Used Supplies for Dogs and cats
We are always in need of the following supplies:
dog/cat food (wet and dry)
dog/cat beds (mostly large beds)
collars (martingale only)
pet shampoo (unscented)
Slip leads (1/2 inch, 6 ft. long)
Pet Food For Our Rescues
We are grateful for any pet food donations that we receive from the public. However, we know how important it is to keep an animal on a consistent diet, as not to upset their digestive tract. That being said, we would greatly appreciate donations of the following diets: Royal Canin, Iams, iVet, Purina Pro Plan and Hills Science Diet. We want to keep our rescues happy and healthy!