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For The Love of Dogs
Posted On: May 1, 2012

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Schaumburg, IL - Beep, beep, beep! It’s 4 a.m. on any given Saturday and the alarm clocks at St. Coletta of Wisconsin’s Garden & Goebbert group homes for the developmentally disabled are ringing.  While most of us would prefer to stay a sleep a few more hours Ron, Gary, Michael, Bryon, and Kurt are excited to be up and getting ready to spend the day giving back to their community.

With the help of Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional, Darlene Dahl, a few lucky guys have been given an amazing opportunity to support the Chicagoland Dog Rescue (CDR), something Darlene has been a part of for over 14 years including holding a board member seat for 12 of them. The CDR is an organization that focuses on rescuing dogs that suffer at the hands of cruel or ignorant owners, pet surrenders, or ones found homeless. The organization is small, consisting of a handful of volunteers who all work full time jobs and donate their free time to this worthy cause.  Chicagoland Dog Rescue is a shelter-less rescue where most of the dogs are in foster homes or boarded at local shelters and vets, but their big dream is to eventually open their own shelter where uninterrupted socialization will be the norm and they can focus on placing as many dogs as possible into safe, loving homes.

It began with a request from Ron who asked if he could help with the dogs, so on occasion Darlene would bring rescue puppies to the home where the guys could assist in bottle feeding, training, and playing with them. Since then, Ron has fallen in love with working with the animals and has never turned back. Overtime, Darlene & Ron have been able to add Gary, Michael, Bryon and most recently, Kurt to their volunteer team.

Volunteering for the CDR can come in a number of different forms including working different adoption events typically held at the Schaumburg Petco. “The guys get in early to help with set up including making sure all the dogs have food, water, and bandanas on. During the adoptions, they help keep up the water supply and play with the dogs to keep them active and entertained. Adoptions days are long running from 9am to about 4pm. It’s worth it if we save even one dog, because that is one less who has to suffer at the hands of cruel human beings” Dahl says. 

In addition to working the adoption events, the St. Coletta of Wisconsin group has volunteered their time fundraising through golf outings, dog washes, car washes and garage sales. They spend time sorting donated food and treats and crushing aluminum cans to exchange for cash to assist with the dogs’ care. “This past winter Ron and Byron helped out with pet pictures with Santa at a local Christmas tree farm. Byron helped to serve hot chocolate while Ron put on a pair of antlers and grabbed some squeaky toys to get the dogs attentions to look at the camera,” Darlene says laughing. “It was such a great time had by all!”