Monday, December 15, 2008

Gloria is Ready for her Close-Up

Gloria, one of Liz's chickens, didn't feel she got enough camera time with the Trib. Now she's ready for her close=up. Gloria is a chicken rescued by Red Door and adopted by Liz in 2007.

Urban Chickens, including one from Red Door!

Congratulations to Red Door volunteer Liz Sharp for her stellar interview in today's Chicago Tribune, promoting the beauty and wisdom of urban chickens. You can catch the entire story, including a videdo of Liz in her chicken coop, here:,0,5400529.story

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Santa Baby! Photo Session Dec. 14 Benefits Red Door Animals

This year, get a great holiday photo of your pet! Come to Sit! Boutique on December 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for a photo-with-Santa pet session. All proceeds from the photos benefit the homeless animals at Red Door. Also that day: elves! refreshments! cookies! Sit! Boutique is a great place to buy quality cat and dog food, toys, and pet beds. The boutique is located at 2316 W. Leland, Chicago, in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Red Door Dogs Hit Andersonville Streets - Dec. 21st

Look for the Red Door donation dogs on the streets of Andersonville on December 14th. They will be wearing their donation pouches, like Benji here, and looking for any spare bills or coins you can donate for the homeless animals at the shelter. The dogs will be out, starting around 5225 N. Clark Street, around 12 noon.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party December 6th

Don your most ugly holiday sweater and head over to The Fat Cat Bar & Grill, 4840 N. Broadway, Chicago, on December 6th. The party starts at 7 p.m. Cover price is $30, which gives you all you can drink of beer, wine, well liquor, or soda. A portion of every cover price ($5) goes to the homeless animals at Red Door. Don't miss this fun event! OK, we'll let you in even if you aren't wearing an ugly holiday sweater--but remember: many of us will be wearing horrible holiday cheer!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

City of Chicago Chooses Dog City Sticker

Congratulations to the City of Chicago for choosing a dog as the art work for the 2009 city sticker. This sticker, designed by Chicago high school student Denise Ferguson, will appear 1.3 million car windshields in June 2009. Let's hope that's another step in making Chicago a no-kill city for animals.

Monday, December 01, 2008

More Bazaar Fun!

Photos by Meghan Schromen. Thanks, Meghan!

Bazaar Fun!

This year's Bazaar & Toute Sweet Bake Sale was the best! Check out some of the fun. Thanks to everyone who came! And thanks to all the bakers!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Ahoy! Pirate-Themed Spa Day a Huge Success!

Our last Spa Di Dah day was a huge success, thanks to all the rabbits who came to be groomed and then photographed "sailing" the seven seas. Here are only two of the great shiver-my-timbers results.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Take A Chance on Chapa

You can meet Chapa and other adoptable Red Door Animals at the 1st Annual Howl-o-Ween event sponsored by Chicago Area Shelter Alliance. The event will be held on Saturday October 25th from 10am-7pm at Navy Pier.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

What's Up, Doc?

The answer is lots! You don't want to miss an exciting thing, so be sure to check out the Events page at

October 3rd is the Mars Gallery Opening
October 11th is White Attic adoption event in Andersonville
October 18th is Spa-Di-Dah Day, with a Pirate Theme
October 25th finds Red Door at a gala adoption event at navy Pier

And we will keep adding more fun events, all to help out the homeless animals.

2nd Dog Wash at Whole Foods a Splish-Splash Success

Red Door's second dog wash at Whole Foods Evanston South, 1111 Chicago, Evanston, was a huge, splashy success. We loved all the dogs and they were very well-mannered. Maybe it was that five-minute massage that helped?

Thanks to all our supporters! And a big thanks to Whole Foods.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

In Memory of Alice

From a Red Door volunteer, in memory of Alice:
Alice will always be very dear to me. She would greet me every day. I loved kissing her nose, and sitting with her on my lap. She was a charming and gentle bunny, and was adored by everyone. Alice, you came to Red Door to be cherished, and I will miss you dearly, Sweet Girl. Bev

Monday, September 08, 2008

Serving! Red Door Volleyball Team

Thanks to this great crew who represented Red Door at beach volleyball this summer. We know their serves were great and their animal-loving hearts were in the right place.

You're the best!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Whole Foods Dog Wash a Swimming Success!

Our dog wash at Whole Foods Evanston South on August 17th was a swimming success! The heat just made the dogs--most of them, anyway--enjoy the whole bath experience. There were also post-grooming instant photos and dog treats, too.
Thanks to all the volunteers and thanks, too, to Whole Foods Evanston South, 1111 Chicago, Evanston.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

We Call Him Sir Charles--Adopt a Dog in Chicago

We call him Sir Charles because he's so dignified. And his personality is very regal--plus friendly and loyal. Charles's owner died, so he's looking for someone to love him. He gets along with other dogs and is very devoted to anyone who spends a little time with him.
Email us to hear more about Charles.

Friendo Finds a Friend!

It was a little while ago that we rescued Friendo, a bantam rooster running around someone's front yard. At the time, he had a bad respitory infection, but--thanks to Dr. Horton at Chicago Exotics--Friendo made a complete recovery! But finding a home for a rooster, no matter how small, isn't easy. That crowing can be pretty loud! However, we're happy to report that Friendo has now moved to Michigan, where he is living on a hobby farm. Former Red Door rooster Reymundo is there, too. But there is plenty of room for both of them.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Baby Bunnies Need Foster Homes!

Doting rabbit mother Jacqueline came to Red Door on June 6th, with her brood of two-hour-old babies. Now those babies are weaned and old enough to go to a foster home until they can be fixed and adopted. Do you have any room for a small bunny or two? We guarantee that Panda, Ling-Ling, Dominino, Kit, Shay, or Squiggy will make you smile for the brief time one or two of them stay with you. We have cages, litter boxes, etc., to loan to fosterers.

Oh, and just because a couple of the rabbits are Cubs fans, future foster homes don't have to be!

Doggone Mystery Writer David Rosenfelt Appears at The Book Cellar

6:00-9:00pm, Sept. 10th
Join David Rosenfelt, the popular Chicago author of six Andy Carpenter mysteries, including the recent hit "Play Dead," as he delivers his new novel: Don't Tell A Soul. Rosenfelt will read and sign his book at this evening's event. The Book Cellar is a regular supporter of Red Door, and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit our shelter. Rosenfelt is a Golden Retriever enthusiast, often using dogs as characters in his books.
The Book Cellar
4736 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Dog Wash at Whole Foods

Scrub a Dub Dub, this dog wash will be fun--for you and your dog! Meet us and our team of dog washers in the parking lot of Whole Foods Evanston South, 1111 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Choose Quick Groom (brushing, two-minute massage, and a doggy wipedown) for $3.00 or a dog wash (shampoo in tub, rinse, towel dry) for $10. All proceeds benefit the animals at Red Door.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Bubba, a favorite among Red Door staff and volunteers, was adopted this past weekend! His adopter said that he was already cuddling under the blankets and snuggling with her in bed. For this who know Bubba, this shouldn't be a big surprise! Best of luck to Bubba in his new home!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Star Spangled Benefit at Whole Foods

Come out to Whole Foods in Evanston on Thursday July 3rd to do all of your Fourth of July shopping. Whole Foods will be donating 5% of total sales for the day to Red Door. Whole Foods is located at 1111 Chicago Avenue in Evanston and is open from 8am-10pm.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Huey says "Mangia!" for the Red Door animals

On June 19th from 5pm to 10pm, come to Il Fiasco (5101 N. Clark St.) for a Red Door fundraiser. A percentage of sales that night will go towards helping the Red Door animals. There will also be a great raffle with fabulous prizes. Don't miss out!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pets Are Forgotten Victims of Poor Economy

As the economy sinks, more and more pets are paying the price. Across the country, many animal shelters have seen a huge increase in abandoned pets due to mortgage foreclosures, lost jobs,and general downsizing. Here at Red Door, we, too, are finding more pets abandoned outside--cats and rabbits in boxes or shopping bags, dogs left wandering on their own. Red Door is currently experiencing an increase of 39% in abandoned animals and requests to take in cats, dogs and rabbits. Your tax refund or economic stimulus check will provide shelter, vet care, and food for Red Door cats, dogs, and rabbits--many of whom are victims of the currently dire economic situation. Please make a donation today.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Get Ready to Walk Your Tail Off!

Be sure to sign up for the 8th Annual Red Door Gimme Shelter walk for the animals. This is guaranteed to be a fantastic time for you and your pooch!

Sunday June 1st, 2008
Registration begins at 9am, walk starts at 10am.
Indian Boundry Park
2500 W. Lunt Ave
Chicago, IL

For further information on this fun event, and to pre-register, see the website at

See you there!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Adoptions in A-Ville

Red Door held an adoption event for some of our pups, kittens, and even a rabbit at White Attic in Andersonville. The event went out great, and Red Door received a lot of support. Even more importantly, most of the animals at the event were adopted as a result! Thanks to the Red Door Board, as well as volunteers to helped to make this day a success. Look out for Red Door to make a return to White Attic over the summer.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

Red Door dog Glory was adopted over the weekend! Her new adopters are looking forward to taking her for walks, and giving her all the love and attention she deserves.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Rose the rescue duck finds a home

Remember the party favor ducks? Days-old and passed out at a kid's party several months ago? Well, another "party favor" turned up recently. Rose had been living in an apartment since the party, but she grew up. Red Door took care of Rose--who was strongly imprinted on human beings-- for a week, then she moved to her home.

Here she is enjoying herself and learning to make friends with other ducks. We hear that Rose is now one of the girls--she's living happily with three other female ducks. Thanks to Heather Miller, who gave Rose a home, and to Illinois Duck Rescue.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Clooney Disapproves!

Clooney, adopted from Red Door, makes the Disapproving Rabbits web site! He disapproves of the whole thing, particularly that he is a "Clooney Eclipse." Read all about disapproving rabbits at

Adopt a Rabbit in Chicago Area

Your best friend could be a rabbit! Adopt one now from Red Door, the only no-kill shelter in the metro Chicago area that rescues and adopts out rabbits--plus cats and dogs!

Time's Running Out for Spring Raffle

Don't let this opportunity to rescue animals AND win prizes slip away! The Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffletends Tuesday, April 15th at 7 p.m. Drawing is at 7:30 p.m. You could win a Nintendo Wii gaming console, a case of wine, a portable DVD player, and many other great prizes.

Go to and buy your tickets online. We'll fill out the stubs for you. Good luck!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

One kitten, two kittens, three kittens!

The Chicago Cubs organization would be proud of the latest trio of kittens admitted to Red Door. Cubbie, Addison, and Wrigley are three kittens about 3-5 weeks of age transferred from Chicago Animal Care in Control. The three were found outside and were very dirty, smelly, and were fighting off an internal infection. The kittens are well on the way to recovery, and hopefully will be available for adoption sometime in May.

Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, K-E-L-L-Y...Why?

Because Red Door knows a cute, well behaved dog seeking a new loving home when it sees one! Kelly is a year old Shih Tzu-Poodle mix who was taken in by Red Door after her owner decided she didn't have enough time for her. Kelly is very sweet, seeks attention and affection, and will soon be looking for a loving home. She's not fixed for vaccinated yet, but be on the look out at the Red Door website for her picture when she's ready for adoption!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Spring time means Spring-to-Life Raffle. Buy tickets at Jewel this weekend.

OK, it won't be this warm this coming weekend, but still it's supposed to be sunny and bright. Look for Red Door volunteers at the following Jewel stores, selling Spring-to-Life raffle tickets. Buy a ticket and get a chance at winning some fabulous prizes, including a Nintendo Wii game console, a case of French and California wine, a portable DVD player and more.

Every ticket you buy helps us spring into action and save more animals in need. That's a win/win situation!

Here is where we will be:
Saturday, April 5
10 am - 4 pm
Jewel, 1128 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

Saturday, April 5
11 am - 3 pm
Jewel, 4250 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

Sunday, April 6
10 am - 4 pm
Jewel, 5516 N. Clark, Chicago

Sunday, April 6
10 am - 2 pm
Jewel, 3630 N.Southport, Chicago

We'll see you there!
P.S.: Isn't this koi pond great? It belongs to a Red Door volunteer.

Magnolia Finds a Home!

Magnolia came to us because her person had died. After that, she was neglected--stuck in a small cage outside. She came to Red Door grossly overweight and very depressed.

We kept her in an exercise pen in the office--she was the big white bunny, if you visited the shelter. Now she's happy in her new home, where she is showered with the love she deserves. Guess what? She's blossoming!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

1st Easter bunny of 2008 arrives

Meet Avery--who is less than 4 weeks old and measures 8 inches long. She or he (it's too early to tell yet) is the first 2008 Easter bunny victim at Red Door. Thanks to an animal lover who saved Avery from her doorman, who had purchased Avery as a gift--a gift that wasn't wanted. Currently Avery is in a foster home, where this little Dutch has a lot of growing to do.

Talk about one picture being worth a thousand words: Here's why rabbits should not be sold for Easter.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Ramona officially adopted at Red Door

You might remember reading about a poor kitty that came to Red Door almost one year ago today. Her name was Ramona, and in her 5 years, she had been through alot...prone to kidney and urinary stones, shot with a BB gun, living in a household with a dog that made her stressed and miserable. After she came to Red Door she perked up, got healthy, relaxed, and became the ultimate (and we do mean ultimate!) lap cat. We're happy to say that Ramona has officially been adopted this week! She's fitting in wonderfully, and has no worries in her new loving home.

All The Love He Can Bear

Red Door resident senior feline Bear went to a loving home this week. Bear has rewarded his new home with Bear-hugs and finds things to be quite Bear-able. Here he is playing "Bear in a Blanket".