In an effort to save more needy cats and dogs in Chicagoland and beyond, we have created an emergency medical fund to ensure cats and dogs brought to our shelter will be able to receive life-saving veterinary care without hesitation. The fund, called the Mowgli Fund and named for an abandoned cat with medical issues who was saved by WSHS’ efforts, was started on #GivingTuesday, November 28th, 2017, with grassroots donations and an endowment from a longtime donor. 

Emergency medical care for a single animal can cost thousands of dollars and these expenditures account for over 40% percent of our overall budget. Most animal welfare organizations do not have money in their budgets to help animals with severe health issues, leading to those animals being turned away or in some cases, humanely euthanized. Since 1972, we have made it our mission to help those animals most in need, and we regularly take on cases that require extensive medical treatment. However, on a yearly basis, the financial need for care regularly exceeds the organization’s means. The Mowgli Fund allows WSHS to continue our mission by providing funding for, among other necessities:

  • Emergency surgeries and ER visits for at-risk animals
  • Extensive testing and specialist consultations
  • Ongoing medical care and treatments, including physical therapy, medicines and supplements

WSHS Executive Director Carolyn Mossberger believes the fund is crucial in furthering the mission of the organization. “We are asked on an almost weekly basis to take an animal that has a treatable medical need. The Mowgli Fund allows us to continue to provide help to the most at-risk homeless animals in our community, giving countless numbers of cats and dogs the second chance they deserve.”

Mowgli

Mowgli, who the fund is named after, was abandoned by his owners when they moved out of their apartment. Fortunately, a kind realtor happened to stumble upon him when she went to the apartment to assess for future listing. She made some calls to animal welfare organizations to see about admitting Mowgli to their facilities, but was consistently turned down as none had the means to take on an 11 year old, sickly looking cat. That was until she reached us here at WSHS, and once we heard of the direness of Mowgli’s situation, we happily welcomed him through our doors.

Mowgli was in rough shape and needed immediate medical care. The main issue he had was a severe case of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a disorder that affects the intestines. After many rounds of expensive medical testing and treatment, Mowgli was able to finally go to his forever home, a wonderful volunteer who gave Mowgli a loving place to spend the rest of his days.

Cats and dogs like Mowgli are constantly turned away by animal welfare organizations who unfortunately do not have the resources to invest into these amazing animals. We want to be the exception to the rule and with our emergency fund, we will be able to honor the memory of Mowgli by continuing to help future animals recover from their ailments and find their own forever homes.

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As much as people try, sometimes the resources just aren’t there to care for animals the way they should be cared for. That was the case with Helen’s original owner. She found Helen as a puppy and loved her dearly, but financially, adopting an animal at that time in her life wasn’t the most prudent thing to do. Puppies are cute though, and sound judgement is sometimes suspended because of said cuteness.

One day, little 4 month old Helen was bouncing around the house per usual and took a tumble off the couch. She instantly shrieked in pain and her guardian rushed over to see what was the matter. She knew something terrible was wrong when Helen couldn’t put any weight on her front leg. She immediately took Helen to a local vet who, after some initial testing and x-rays, gave her the bad news - Helen had broken her leg.

To fix the leg would cost a fortune and Helen’s owner, no matter how much she loved her, just didn’t have the money for the surgery. She informed the vet that in her opinion the most humane thing to do would be to euthanize Helen and spare her the pain she was in. The vet agreed at that moment, and said that’s what they would do. However, the vet knew of another option that they kept to themselves. There was no way that little Helen was going to be euthanized for a completely treatable broken leg. That’s when the vet called us.

We were saddened to hear about poor Helen’s plight and gladly agreed to take on her care. We shuttled her to an orthopedic specialist who did an amazing job repairing Helen’s broken bones. From there, Helen went into foster to heal and recover with Ann W.

Ann is one of our best fosters, and she also has other dogs of her own that help socialize and provide companionship to the foster dogs we give her. One of her dogs, Greta, was adopted from us a few years prior. She was also an amazing dog but suffered from severe epileptic seizures. Not many people would be able to care for a dog like Greta, but Ann had no problem at all. Unfortunately, during Helen’s foster stay with Ann, Greta passed away and Ann was heartbroken. And who was there to comfort her? You guessed it - Helen.

Helen and Friends Edit“When Helen came to my house in June as a foster, I really meant it to be a foster arrangement and then have her go to her forever home,” explains Ann. “Little did I know that my home was meant to be her forever one.”

Shortly after Greta’s passing, Ann made it official and adopted Helen. Helen now spends her days playing with her favorite toys, going for long walks and of course, giving lots love and cuddles. “She fits right into our hearts and she doesn’t seem to realize she’s much smaller than her new brother and sister, Fred and Alice,” says Ann. “She is a very sweet girl and we all love her so much!”

You see, our rescues come in all shapes and sizes, and from many different circumstances. No two are alike. Sometimes it’s stray cat who’s suffered an accidental injury. Sometimes it’s a homeless dog whose genetics have betrayed them. Sometimes it’s a cat or dog who has nowhere else to go but to us.

We want our doors to always remain open for these needy cats and dogs. That’s why on #GivingTuesday, November 28th, 2017, we are raising money for the Mowgli fund, our newly created veterinary emergency fund that will allow us to continue to give life-saving care to dogs like Cody and Helen, and cats like Mowgli and Preston.

Please, on November 28th, give what you can to the Mowgli fund and help us keep making a difference in the lives of cats and dogs in Chicagoland and beyond.

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Traveling at 30 miles an hour in the early morning on a sleepy suburban road, Preston was trapped. Somehow his tail had become stuck in the axle of a car and now this poor cat had to run alongside the car for dear life while the unaware owner of the vehicle started their commute to work. While driving, the vehicle's owner heard what sounded like muffled yowling from outside the car. Upon stopping and looking around the vehicle the driver was horrified to find Preston, scared and bleeding, attached to the car.

Preston was moving and seemed amenable enough to be picked up, so the Good Samaritan released Preston from the car’s grip, placed him gently in his car and brought him immediately to us. Upon arriving at the shelter we knew right away that he needed immediate medical attention.

Aside from obvious abrasions, Preston’s tail was roadburned and raw on the underside and broken at a 90 degree angle. There was also an old wound: a fracture of the tibia that had healed unnaturally, causing part of the bone to be sticking out through the skin near his back foot. The pain must have been unbearable as the skin was bald from Preston licking the area in a vain attempt for relief.

We took Preston to see Dr. Hayes at Boone Animal Hospital and the doctor knew exactly what to do to help. A portion of Preston’s tail needed to be amputated at the break and the bone from the old fracture-wound needed to be shaved down so it no longer would protrude through the skin and cause irritation. Dr. Hayes and the team at Boone worked tirelessly to patch up Preston’s wounds and repair his damaged body, eventually releasing him into a foster home when he was strong enough to move around on his own.

Preston was in foster care for about 8 months before he was well enough to be adopted. After a brief stay in our adoptable cat room Preston met Erica R, one of our amazing volunteers. She was all too happy to adopt him and let him continue to recover alongside her other fosters, which included a litter of kittens. Preston had to wear a plastic cone (which sort of looks like an Elizabethan collar) for several weeks while he healed, but this resilient guy didn’t seem to miss a beat. “Preston is adorable,” Erica beams. “His large, gold eyes draw you in and his markings are so cute. It’s fun to watch him twitch his little tail when he’s getting excited, especially while watching birds.”

Preston Ferrari EditNow fully healed and recovered, Preston has also been a wonderful big brother to several litters of kittens Erica’s fostered. He’s playful with them, but always gentle and it’s obvious the kittens adore him. Erica kept one of the kittens, Ferrari, and she and Preston have become best buddies.

“Preston is such a fun and important member of my family. He becomes more affectionate and trusting every day,” says Erica. “He was so lucky he made it to West Suburban Humane Society where he got care and love from all the doctors, staff, and volunteers who helped in his recovery. And I’m lucky Preston is a part of my family.”

We approach every day with desire and determination to help the most needy cats and dogs in Chicagoland. Behind us stands an army of dedicated and talented veterinarians, shelter staff and volunteers, each of them pitching in to make a difference in the lives of animals like Preston.

On #GivingTuesday, November 28th, 2017, we will be raising money for the Mowgli Fund, an emergency medical fund created to make sure we always have the resources available to give cats and dogs like Preston the care they desperately need. Please share these stories and mark your calendars for #GivingTuesday - our future cats and dogs in need will thank you.

Help us continue the good work we do and mark your calendars for November 28th, #GivingTuesday. Thank you!

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On #GivingTuesday, November 28th, 2017, We Will Be Raising Money to Help More Animals Like Cody

Cody came to us from Perry County Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in southern Illinois who didn’t have the means to keep him at the time. We had Cody here about a week when we observed that he would sometimes limp when he was walking. Our volunteers also noticed that while he would try to run around and play, after about 5 minutes he would plop down and not want to get back up. We took him to the orthopedic vet where they discovered that he had a torn acl. They also found that his kneecap was not where it was supposed to be; they believed some sort of blunt trauma completely moved it.

This sort of unexpected medical issue is very expensive and most organizations would be unable to come up with funding to give Cody the necessary treatments that he would need to live a normal, healthy life. Fortunately here at WSHS, our mission is to give animals like Cody the chances they deserve. We dipped into our medical funding and our veterinarians performed successful surgery to get him back on his paws.  

Cody was placed into a foster home tasked with assisting with his rehabilitation and training. The home fell instantly in love with him, adopting him him shortly after he arrived. “The doctors weren't 100% sure that this risky surgery would work to relocate his kneecap, but it was worth taking a chance to save his leg,” explains foster parent and adopter Sarah M. “Recovery from surgery took several months and was very hard on a puppy that loved to play, but now that he's all healed up and done with rehab he’s better than ever.”

Cody 2Before his surgery, Cody was unable to run normally and would tire easily. Now, thanks to donors like you, he can run around for hours with his favorite giant red ball and live the life of a happy dog. We want to continue to make a difference in the lives of cats and dogs in Chicagoland and beyond, which is why we have created the Mowgli Fund. The emergency medical fund will ensure all animals that pass through our doors will get the life-changing medical treatments they deserve.

On November 28th, 2017, we will be participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. On that day, we will be raising money for the Mowgli Fund to help more animals like Cody. These treatments, and your donations, really make a difference - just ask Sarah, “Cody is very happy that West Suburban Humane Society took a chance on him. Without them, there is a good chance he would not have had a chance at a full, healthy life!”

Help us continue the good work we do and mark your calendars for November 28th, #GivingTuesday. Thank you!

DONATE NOW TO OUR NEW FUND!

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In an effort to save more needy cats and dogs in Chicagoland and beyond, we will be creating an emergency medical fund to ensure cats and dogs brought to our shelter will be able to receive life-saving veterinary care without hesitation. The fund, called the Mowgli Fund and named for an abandoned cat with medical issues who was saved by WSHS’ efforts, will be started with an endowment from a longtime donor with further funding collected from individual donors and grants throughout the year. An initial outreach appeal for the fund will begin on #GivingTuesday, November 28th, 2017.  

Emergency medical care for a single animal can cost thousands of dollars and these expenditures account for over 40% percent of our overall budget. Most animal welfare organizations do not have money in their budgets to help animals with severe health issues, leading to those animals being turned away or in some cases, humanely euthanized. Since 1972, we have made it our mission to help those animals most in need, and we regularly take on cases that require extensive medical treatment. However, on a yearly basis, the financial need for care regularly exceeds the organization’s means. The Mowgli Fund will allow WSHS to continue its mission by providing funding for, among other necessities:

  • Emergency surgeries and ER visits for at-risk animals
  • Extensive testing and specialist consultations
  • Ongoing medical care and treatments, including physical therapy, medicines and supplements

WSHS Executive Director Carolyn Mossberger believes that the fund will be crucial in furthering the mission of the organization. “We are asked on an almost weekly basis to take an animal that has a treatable medical need. The Mowgli Fund will allow us to continue to provide help to the most at risk homeless animals in our community, giving countless numbers of cats and dogs the second chance they deserve.”

MowgliMowgli, who the fund is named after, was abandoned by his owners when they moved out of their apartment. Fortunately, a kind realtor happened to stumble upon him when she went to the apartment to assess for future listing. She made some calls to animal welfare organizations to see about admitting Mowgli to their facilities, but was consistently turned down as none had the means to take on an 11 year old, sickly looking cat. That was until she reached us here at WSHS, and once we heard of the direness of Mowgli’s situation, we happily welcomed him through our doors.

Mowgli was in rough shape and needed immediate medical care. The main issue he had was a severe case of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a disorder that affects the intestines. After many rounds of expensive medical testing and treatment, Mowgli was able to finally go to his forever home, a wonderful volunteer who gave Mowgli a loving place to spend the rest of his days.

Cats and dogs like Mowgli are constantly turned away by animal welfare organizations who unfortunately do not have the resources to invest into these amazing animals. We want to be the exception to the rule and with our newly created emergency fund, we will be able to honor the memory of Mowgli by continuing to help future animals recover from their ailments and find their own forever homes.

Please consider a donation to the Mowgli fund on #GivingTuesday, November 28th, 2017. Chicagoland’s most needy animals will thank you.

DONATE NOW TO OUR NEW FUND!

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