Each of our residents comes in with their own story and it was no different for Legend and Destiny. When a teenager discovered three very young kittens surrounding their deceased mom, she immediately scooped them all up. One of her friends took one of them while she brought the other two home, apparently unbeknownst to her mother. It didn’t take long for them to be “discovered”. They initially had decided to keep the little boy called Legend, and brought Destiny, his sister, to Save-A-Pet.
Her little eyes looked a bit different and our vet technician immediately noticed that she was actually missing her upper eyelids. They also found out that she had intestinal parasites and a skin infection that requires weekly medicated baths. Save-A-Pet then called the family to let them know that they needed to take her brother to the vet as soon as possible in order to get him checked out. Instead, they decided to surrender him and Legend got reunited with his sister. It was as if they had never been apart and immediately snuggled together. Legend is also missing one upper eyelid. As a result, they need eye drops to keep their eyes lubricated.
After the trauma of losing their mom and not quite understanding everything that was happening to them, they are now safe, getting all the medical care they need and of course they are very much loved as if they were our own. While they are currently not available for adoption, Save-A-Pet was there when they needed rescue. They have a home with us until they are ready to find their own family. This wouldn’t have been possible without the continued generosity of everyone and we are happy to share one of our many success stories with you.With much gratitude and thanks for allowing us to continue our no-kill message - Happy Holidays!
Grand Benefactor $11,000
Benefactor - $5,000
Veterinary Pet Insurance
Platinum Paw Sponsor - $2,500
Mr. & Mrs. Uihlein
Gold Paw Sponsor - $1,000
Family Sponsor - $500
Anonymous - Thank you Save-A-Pet
Connor Gallagher Insurance
Morris & Hunter Frisch
Individual Sponsor - $250
Don & Suzanne Albanese
If not for Save-A-Pet, Grit would not have survived. A week prior to Grit's arrival at Save-A-Pet, his previous family purchased him through an online advertisement. The family was told that Grit was 5 months old, current on all vaccinations, and generally healthy. After about a week, Grit's family realized something was very wrong with their new puppy. Grit was brought first to a vet, and then quickly to Save-A-Pet on the afternoon of August 12th. His family came to the front desk, and asked if Save-A-Pet could help their new puppy. He had just been diagnosed with Parvo, and they could not afford treatment as they already had two large dogs and two very small kids. From Grit's family: "We cannot afford hospitalization for Grit. If Save-A-Pet can save his life, we would appreciate it."
When staff came out to the family's car to check on Grit, they found him nearly motionless in a pool of his own vomit. Grit could not even lift his head, and green discharge was coming out of his nose and mouth. Save-A-Pet staff were shocked at how far his illness had already progressed. Through the help of staff and volunteers, the family and Grit were escorted to the local emergency vet, AETC in Grayslake. Grit began to fight for his life. The first few days were very tense, and touch and go. He remained at AETC for over a week, when Grit was transferred to another vet to examine head and neck tremors. He continues to recover slowly but steadily from the Parvo illness, regaining strength in his limbs and even putting on a little weight. Grit will recover in foster care for several months.
Grit's spirit is very strong, which is inspiring to all around him. There is love in his eyes. This is why Save-A-Pet provides for dogs' and cats' safety, medical care and emotional comfort at all costs. We strive to alleviate their suffering on all fronts. We value the lives of all rescued animals equally. If our partner veterinarians determine that a new resident requires significant treatment for an illness or injury, we provide for that care. In doing so, our dogs and cats have the greatest opportunity for a second chance at life and love.
Save-A-Pet’s no-kill mission promises unconditional love and life for all dogs & cats; regardless of the special circumstances they may face. Some animals may be older; some may have a medical condition. Some animals may be of an unpopular breed, some may have been abused, and in need of more time to learn to trust people again.
You can help ensure that many more lives can be saved and healed. You can help expand many more families. You can truly make a difference. You can make dreams come true—by becoming a Guardian Angel.
Individuals, families and businesses can become Guardian Angels by sponsoring the care of a “special needs” resident—also referred to as our “healing hearts” dogs and cats. Because of your support, these rescued animals can take as much time as they need to heal from physical, medical and emotional ailments.
This process takes just that—time—often months and sometimes years. For the thousands of families that have expanded their own family with the love of a healing hearts animals from Save-A-Pet: no timetable is too long. Please consider becoming a Guardian Angel today, and help our dogs and cats complete their healing so they can finally be adopted or fostered in a loving forever home they so richly deserve.
At any given time, Save-A-Pet cares for 250-300 dogs and cats. This summer, we find ourselves using more and more daily supplies to help care for all our residents. During the month of July, please consider donating the following supplies:
Pedigree Canned Dog Food
All flavors; Save-A-Pet uses an average of 56 regular cans per day!
Friskies Canned Cat Food
All flavors; Save-A-Pet uses an average of 42 small cans per day!
Soft Dog Treats
All flavors; LOW FAT/LOW CALORIE is preferred.
Paper Towels (all brands)
Tidy Cat Litter
Feline Pine Litter
Between both types of litter, Save-A-Pet uses an average of 45 bags per week!
Garbage Bags (55 gallon)
Save-A-Pet uses an average of 60 large garbage bags per week!
There are two convenient ways to donate supplies to Save-A-Pet:
1. Order supplies online: via Save-A-Pet's Wish Lists on Amazon.com.
2. Drop off supplies at the following official supply drive locations during their public hours of operation:
1238 Old Skokie Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Arabesque Dancewear and Yoga Boutique
644 Bank Lane
Lake Forest, IL 60045
775 Rockland Road
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Lincolnshire Animal Hospital
420 Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Animal Emergency & Treatment Center
1810 East Belvidere Road
Grayslake, IL 60030
PetSmart Vernon Hills
700 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
20771 N. Rand Road
Kildeer, IL 60047
Save-A-Pet Adoption Center
31664 North Fairfield Road
Grayslake, IL 60030
Thank you so much for supporting our residents!
You can now support the supply needs of Save-A-Pet's dogs and cats right from home, by accessing our wish lists on Amazon: Click HERE for direct access or search "sapwishlist" from the "Wish List" dropdown in the upper-right corner of Amazon.com.
On our main Wish List page, you will see in the left margin that there are MULTIPLE wish lists for cats (general), dogs (general), our animal health department, our upcoming KITTEN SHOWER on May 6, as well as for office and cleaning supplies.
Food and litter are always very high priorities, but we encourage you to donate supplies in the area that matters most to you. We will also post critical needs on our FACEBOOK PAGE as they arise. Thank you so much for supporting our residents!