Friday, December 10, 2010
Last Saturday, a Red Door staff and volunteer favorite was adopted. Queen, the little tortie who had been at the shelter since June, finally found a home. She was often overlooked in favor of younger, smaller kittens in the kitten room. The couple who adopted her had adopted a cat from Red Door five years previously, and had just stopped in to visit with some of the cats. When they came across Queen, they couldn't resist, and decided to welcome her into their home. The timing was great, and it was great to know that Queen would be spending the upcoming holidays in a new, loving home, where she would get heaped with affection and care. It also highlighted a great benefit to having been a previous adopter with Red Door- the green light! No application to fill out, no interview to sit though...just the willingness to open your heart to another homeless animal in need.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Red Door.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Older animals tend to be one of the more overlooked when people visit animal shelters. People tend to forget that some cats can live to be nearly 22 years of age, so while a 10 year old cat may seem old, it would be the equivalent of a person in their 40's, and they still potentially have half of their lives left to live! Many senior cats are also healthy, or any health issues can be easily managed with the help of medications.
As volunteers of the shelter may remember, Esther was originally adopted from Red Door in 2002 when she was about 1 year old. Sadly, earlier this year, Esthers adopter passed away, and while various members tried to take her in and care for her, none of them could commit. Eventually she made her way back to Red Door. She didn't get along particularly well with other cats, and after being with someone who loved her for the previous 7 years, being back at the shelter was a shock for her. While her looks were very striking, her age and stressed out personality always seemed to dissuade potential adopters. Eventually, as we believe happens for every animal in our care, the right people came along and opened their doors to Esther and welcomed her with love. Recently I heard from Esther's adopters who sent along the attached picture and message:
"We are delighted with being able to provide Esther a new home and she has brought us so much joy. She talks to us a lot and is with us for the morning wake-up call as well as the bedtime devotion and playtime. We seek her out many times in the day so she has lots of attention. What a special cat she is!"
So next time you're in a shelter looking for a potential animal to adopt, don't look past the senior pets...they still need a lot of love, and still have a lot of love to give!
Friday, November 05, 2010
Worried about your rabbit while you're out of town? Trust your bunny's care to our experienced rabbit-experienced staff.
Red Door is happy to announce the opening of our Rabbit Boarding Program--just in time for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's.
Your rabbit will receive hands-on care in a rabbit-friendly environment. We offer fresh Oxbow hay; salads; daily exercise in a playpen; bunny-perfect climate control (A.C. in the summer, of course! and not too warm in the winter); and--best of all from a rabbit's point of view--no dogs barking!
We can give meds, too.
Make your reservations now. Write: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-764-2242.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010
*Do support Red Door's rabbit rescue efforts! (After all, they rescued me and, even though they put me on a diet to lose weight, I'm very grateful.)
*Do bring my allowance to the Gimme Shelter! event this Sunday, June 13th. There is a fabulous raffle and tickets are only $1.00 each. Plus, maybe I can convince the people in the dog massage tent that I'm just a little puppy.
*Do be my naturally charming self to every adopter who comes to meet me. Because I know there are lots of rabbits who need rescuing and as soon as I leave for a happy forever home, some new bunny will be saved.http://www.reddoorshelter.org/
You won't want to miss all the fun at Gimme Shelter! on Sunday, June 13th. It's Red Door's 10th anniversary and everyone will be celebrating! Join us at Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt, Chicago. www.reddoorshelter.org
Yes, we concentrate on rescuing, sheltering, and re-homing cats, dogs, and rabbits. But Red Door is the no-kill shelter for all animals needing help. Here are just a few of the other animals we've rescued during the past 10 years:
You will want to see the 50-foot Memory Wall this Sunday at Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt, Chicago. It will show every name and many photos of the animals rescued by Red Door over the past 10 years.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
Paco is thrilled that the Chicago Fire Department has received a gift of over 200 pet oxygen masks. These masks will go a long way towards helping save pets who are in need.
Paco knows all about need--he was abandoned and had to make his own way until Red Door rescued him. He's doing fine--even though his right ear has a little wear and tear! Now he's waiting for a forever home to adopt him.
You can help pets like Paco by supporting Red Door's Gimme Shelter! Walk for the Animals on June 13th. No dog? No problem? We'd still like to see you there. And if you can't make it, maybe you can make a small, Paco-sized donation at http://www.reddoorshelter.org/
And on June 2, the Chicago Fire Department used their new masks to rescue the lives of two dogs and two cats who were trapped in a fire in West Rogers Park. What great news!
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Lennon and McCartney, a bonded pair of rabbits at Red Door, know that all you need is love. But some timothy hay and a fresh green salad never hurts, either!
Saturday, June 05, 2010
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
It's not easy to find a home for a rooster--and we know why! This guy, shown here wandering outside before Red Door's Matt and Mike chased him around and rescued him, makes a LOT of noise. We found out that roosters don't just crow when the sun comes up, but many other times during the day and night. But, thanks to our friend Liz Perry in Madison, Wisconsin, Rooster Cogburn [look up old John Wayne movies if you don't get his name] is on his way to a great new home where he will rule over a harem of hens. Thanks to Liz Sharp for transport.
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Name: Elenor Rigby. Yes, after the Beatles song. Yes, spelled differently. I go by Elenor.
Age: A lady never tells. But I am quite grown up.
Fur color: White. Very soft, if I do say so myself.
Eye color: A very attractive red and pink combo.
Perfect first date: Approach me quietly. No clumping feet or loud friendly greetings, please! I like to get to know people slowly -- I'm shy at first, but I open up eventually if you give me time.
Likes: Music, including but not limited to the Beatles. I love it when my human plays the guitar. Carpeting that I can run around on. Massages behind the ears and on the forehead. Anything chewy. My human's Complete Works of William Shakespeare was especially delicious.
Dislikes: I'm not wild about dogs. When my human watches a movie or TV and a dog barks in the background, I freeze.
Conversation: I do occasionally tooth-rub and grunt, but I'm not a big talker.
Favorite foods: Curly parsley and pears. I even ate part of an orange peel that my human unwisely left sitting out, with no ill effects.
A typical day: Eat, sleep, get petted, eat, sleep, run around, explore, get petted, eat, sleep.
Friday, March 05, 2010
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
A story in the Chicago Tribune on March 3 profiled the event, including the unusually large number of requests for rabbit-themed tattoos.
Read more about it here:
Thanks to everyone who came to Tattoo You! and thanks to Insight Studios, 1062 N. Milwaukee, Chicago.
Monday, March 01, 2010
"I want to give you an update on "the boys"--Mario and Luigi, whom we have renamed Bruce and Scottie (with a dog named Louie, it was just too confusing!).
They are WONDERFUL! We love them! They have terrific, outgoing personalities, and are so friendly and sweet. They use their litterbox very well, and the mounting behavior is completely gone. They are very affectionate with one another (grooming each other and lying together) with none of the mounting. We really love having a bonded pair.
Hey--and having cover boys for pets is very cool! To introduce them to friends and family, I just sent your recent newsletter.
Anyway, I thought you'd like to know how lucky we feel to have two such great bunnies.
Thanks for your help with their adoption, and for all you do for the animals."
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Marciano came to Red Door as an owner give up. His family could no longer care for him. Incredibly sweet and very laid-back, this rabbit was one of a kind - a big velvety, rare European breed called Perlfee.
It wasn't long before a beautiful female lop, Baxter, came to Red Door with her guardians, Liz and Felix. Baxter met a number of boy buns and finally settled on Marciano. Check out Felix's blog on Baxter's bunny speed dates: http://www.avoision.com/2009/11/28/a_new_bunny_in_the_apartment.php
Liz recently emailed this update:
"It took Marciano (aka Quincy) about a month or so to fully open-up. He now is a 100% begger. I have no idea where he learned this bad habbit, but when he's out he follows me around 24-7 waiting for either food to drop or for petting." You can see from the picture above that Quincy loves to beg!
Thank you to Liz and Felix(and Baxter, too!) for giving Marciano a loving, forever home.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
If you've been thinking about getting inked, here is the perfect time: Don't miss Red Door's Tattoo You Event on February 20 and 21 at Insight Studios, 1062 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. Insight is Chicago's most progressive tattoo and pierciing studio and they will donate 100% of all profits from these two days to the homeless animals at Red Door.
Insight only does custom work, so feel free to drop in or email them ahead of time about your ideas. You can check out their artists at [www.insightstudiosonline.com]. We'll see you there!
- 1 small carrot puréed
- 1/2 banana, mashed until really creamy
- 1 Tbsp honey (raw please!)
- 1/4 cup rabbit pellets, ground
- 1/4 cup ground oats, ground finely in a coffee grinder.
On this Valentine's Day, we wanted to post a shout out to two loving brothers, Mario and Luigi. Red Door transferred them in from Animal Care and Control and, because they were so devoted to each other, we keep them as a bonded pair. It wasn't long before they were speedracing into an adoptive family's heart.
Wishing all rabbits the gift of love on Valentine's Day.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
In the parlance of the N.F.L., dat's Zydeco. And we're sure he's happy that his team, the New Orleans Saints, won the Super Bowl! Zydeco is as refreshing as the Louisiana style music he was named after: a delightfully sweet bun full of personality and love.
So no wonder that Zydeco is going home on Monday! Now he's a winner, too.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
We always knew Venus, the black and white lop, was a real beauty. And a geniune sweetheart, too. So we're thrilled that Venus was adopted by her foster mom today--just in time for Valentine's Day.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
So the duck we rescued from the frozen pond turned out to be a girl, not a boy! And that's how Boris became Natasha. We're thrilled that our outstanding duck rescuers Heather and John agreed to take on Natasha as their own--including all the intensive treatment Natasha still needs for her frostbitten webbed feet.
However, as you can see by these photos, Natasha seems to be having a great time in her spiffy new pen, swimming in the bathtub, and sitting in her extra-softly-padded bed [got to pamper those poor feet!], checking out the computer as "Daddy" shows her some online photos of other Muscovy ducks.
By springtime, Natasha will be able to spend outside time with the ducks Heather and John have rescued. They all live in a fabulous, custom-built duck Disneyland, with predator-protected yards, houses, and swimming pools.
Natasha had a rough start, being abandoned outside in below freezing weather. But now it seems that her life is going swimmingly!