URGENT UPDATE on 1/30 transport

The transport of dogs/puppies may be delayed or a no show.  Please call TLC to find out the status of the transport.
Here is the email we got this AM:
Hi Everyone,

I am so sorry but there are MANY changes for today's transport.  There are many dogs and pups that could not get to the transport pick up due to the severe snow and ice storms in Kentucky.  We did have some of our groups who normally drive 2 hours to get their dogs and puppies to us drive ALL NIGHT long so that they would be there.  They risked their lives to save the babies and I respect them for that.  That being said one of our volunteers was stuck in a snow bank and had to wait to be pulled out.  The dogs will be going into foster care for one week and will be arriving next Saturday.

I am sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused.

Due to the severity of the weather; I am not expecting our transport before 1:30 today.  I will be getting updates from Chris as he hopefully will be getting out of the bad weather quickly.  Keep in mind that they do not have salt nor snow plows so this is pretty dramatic for them.


If you have questions or problems please let me know.

Thanks so much!

Kim Morgan
Jellystone Bark's Rescue RANGERs


Wish List

These are a few of the things the shelter could use this week

  • Kitty Litter
  • Menards or Home Depot Gift cards for shelter maintenance
  • Paper Towels
  • Money for vaccines and wormers
  • Gas Cards to help defray the cost of taking animals to and from the vets and transports
  • Forever postage stamps
  • Bleach
  • Money for our heating bills since the shelter has 2 furnaces going to keep the shelter warm.


Help TLC win a $10,000 grant!

Vote for us at www.theanimalrescuesite.com and we could win $10,000 to help pets in need.

The Animal Rescue Site is hosting a special challenge for eligible Petfinder.com member shelter and rescue groups. The grand prize is a $10,000 grant, and they will be awarding many other grants to rescue groups with the most votes — a total of $100,000 in grants for animal welfare organizations.

Think how many animals we could help for $10,000!

Help us win! All you have to do is click to help rescued animals, and then vote in The Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter Challenge. Both of these actions are absolutely free! You can vote once a day, every day, from January 18th through April 18th, 2010. Every time you vote, or tell a friend to vote, you are making a huge difference for us.

Cosmic Bowl Tickets selling FAST

T.L.C. Cosmic Candlelight Bowl

WHEN: Saturday February 13, 2010 
TIME: 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm 
WHERE: Strike and Spare II Bowling Lanes, 811 Northern Drive, Lockport IL 
COST: $25.00 per person/$50.00 per couple which includes dinner and 3 rounds of bowling fun

Tickets are on sale now!!

82 sold, 146 Cosmic Bowl tickets left.


Happy Ending for Teddy (formerly Minnow)

Dear TLC Staff,

We wanted to reach out and let you know that Teddy (previously Minnow) the 4 year old beagle/boston terrier mix who we adotped from TLC right before Christmas is settling into his new home wonderfully. That might have something to do with the fact that he is a little spoiled by his new family, but we try to keep it to a minimum. He loves curling up on the couch with us when it gets cold outside, and when the weather isn't too bad he gets excited to go on a run with Cate, his marathon-ing mom. So far Teddy is up to 3 miles and loves every minute of it. He's been a real joy to have in the house and we wanted to let you and his previous owners know that he is doing well. However we know that he probably misses his brother Marlin and we were hoping that you could pass a message along to his brother's new family that any time he wants a playdate we would be happy to meet up for a family reunion (feel free to send our contact information over). Also, should Marlin ever be looking for a new home, he is always welcome to come join Teddy! Our most heartfelt thanks to the TLC staff for introducing us to Teddy!


The Conroy Family

dogs arriving 1/30

These dogs are being transported from a shelter where their time is up.  They will be arriving Saturday around 2 pm. 

Radkey is a shepherd mix pup, and Victor is a pug? mix adult.


Support SB 2580: Stop the Inhumane Tethering of Dogs

On Thursday, a bill was filed in the Illinois Senate regarding tethering of dogs.  Below is more information on the legislation.  Please make a call to your State Senator and ask them to become a co-sponsor of SB 2580.
To find out who your State Representative is, you can visit the following website:
Tethering Dogs is Inhumane.
  Dogs are naturally social beings who thrive on interaction with human beings and other animals.  A dog who is kept chained in one spot for hours, days, months, or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious, and often very aggressive. In many cases, the necks of chained dogs become rubbed raw and covered with sores, the result of improperly fitted collars and the dogs’ constant yanking and straining in desperate attempts to escape confinement. Dogs have even been found with collars embedded in their necks, the result of years of neglect at the end of a chain.
Tethering Dogs is Dangerous for Our Communities.
  Dogs tethered for long periods of time can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their natural fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory. Numerous attacks on people by tethered dogs have been documented.  For example, a study published in the September 15, 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reported that 17% of dogs involved in fatal attacks on humans between 1979 and 1998 were restrained on their owners’ property at the time of the attack.
Tethered Dogs are often Neglected.
 Rarely does a chained or tethered dog receive sufficient care. Tethered dogs suffer from sporadic feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care, and extreme temperatures. During snowstorms, chained dogs often have no access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun. Because chained dogs’ often neurotic behavior makes them difficult to approach, they are rarely given even minimal affection, food, and water. Many do not receive sufficient veterinary care, including standard vaccinations. Tethered dogs may become “part of the scenery” and can be easily ignored by their owners.
What can be done?
 Numerous communities have passed legislation restricting the practice of tethering dogs. S.B. 2580 would prohibit a person from tethering a dog by using a log or tow chain and prohibits the use of a tether that is less than 15 feet long.  This legislation also specifies requirements for outdoor enclosures and does not allow dogs to be tethered during natural disasters or during the hours of 10pm to 6am.

The Facts About Chaining and Tethering, Why this practice is cruel to dogs


Rocko sponsored by Kathleen Ward

Kathleen Ward is sponsoring Rocko, a small male terrier mix, age around 1 year.  Rocko was a stray, found out in the cold.  He is affectionate & full of energy.

GoldenPaw awarded to Lea Kesner-Barry

A Golden Paw for Lea, 5 years old, who saved up her allowance and donated $5.00 to help the animals : )


Happy Ending for Geddy

We adopted Geddy in May 2009.I am so thankful that we decided to visit your shelter when looking for a kitten. We adpoted Geddy in May 2009. He's loveable with a big personality. I just wanted to share some pictures with you guys and to THANK YOU again for giving us the opportunity and ability to adopt such a wonderful kitty.

Jessica Ingala

Picture 1: First Day Home
Picture 2: Late Summer
Picture 3: Most Recent


Golden Paws to Christine Czubik and Amy Gentry

Christine & Amy brought in lots of supplies, and they deserve Golden Paws for their caring & generosity.

Sweet little lambs

Three little lambs were born at TLC this week.  Here are a few photos of the triplets & mom.


Dogs arriving 1/23

These "death row" dogs, pulled from shelters where their time was up, will be arriving Saturday 23rd around 2pm.

We were told that recently one of these shelters was burglarized.  All small dogs, cats and kittens were taken along with all their food.  TLC will be sending some food back to help out. 


The dogs scheduled to arrive today are at TLC


Dogs and pups arriving 1/19

Three adult dogs, a litter of beagle mix puppies and a litter of lab mix puppies are scheduled to arrive Tuesday 19th.


Macy's Happy Ending

We just wanted to tell the story of Macy's happy ending and thank all of our friends at TLC for their help. It has already been 6 months since this AMAZING puppy has come into our lives, and her energy and love are never ending. We just cant believe how much of a well behaved puppy she is! She is so social, she makes new friends everywhere she goes. When i saw her at TLC, i knew instantly that it was meant to be, Her daddy was a little unsure that we were ready for her but now... he couldn't love her more... she is a TOTAL daddy's girl! She really loves playing outside, ESPECIALLY now that there is snow on the ground! We have to bribe her to come in! Her highlight of the week is her trip to Petsmart, that dog has so many toys! We also wanted to say thank you to our friends at TLC for taking care of her, a few days after she came home she got a yucky cough, and our friends at TLC were nice enough to take care of her and help her get better. Macy has completed our family, I dont know where we'd be without her!

Jessie, Matt, and Macy


more arrivals 1/16

Several more dogs have been added to the list of those arriving 1/16:  a young male white shepherd mix, 2 german shepherd mix puppies, and a border collie/corgie mix.   They should be at TLC by 2pm. 


Dogs arriving 1/16

So far the dogs scheduled to arrive Saturday include a neutered male australian shepherd and a young female chihuahua mix.  More will be added to the list before Saturday, so check the website for updates.


Ginger's Happy Ending

We adopted Ginger November of 2006 for our daughter's birthday present of a life time!! (<< My daughter's writing).

We originally went to TLC just to look. When we go there, we took out Ginger and she was temperamental - she had spastic fits of energy and then slowed down. At first we thought she wasn't a good match but our daughter was pretty insistent about wanting Ginger. Guess which dog ended up going home with us? Yes you guessed it Ginger did!!! Our daughter begged again and we thought, well this is her dog...and ended up adopting her!

As it turned out, my daughter was right. Ginger has turned out to be a great family pet. She loves taking walks around the neighborhood and is in heaven in the woods. She has been on many family vacations like in Tennessee and has been camping. Thanks for introducing us to Ginger!


Kids caroled for critters!

Golden Paws are awarded to these caring kids.   Casey, Elisa, Delaney, Aimee, Emma, Kiya, Ann Marie, Erin, Dana and Jill went Christmas caroling in Mokena and raised $75.00 to help the animals. Not only did they want to rekindle the old tradition of caroling, they also wanted to help our furry friends.  What a great way to raise money! Thanks for helping the animals get off to a good start this year.

cats at TLC 1/8/10

dogs at TLC 1/8/10

More Saturday arrivals

Arriving Saturday 1/9 around 2:30 pm: 

Macho, a young male black lab
Dewey & Daisy, 3 month old lab mix pups


3 more dogs arriving Saturday

Bitty Boy, Leo and Wendy will be arriving at TLC on Saturday 9th. 
Bitty Boy is a young male chihuahua mix, Leo is a young male rat terrier mix, and Wendy is a spayed female beagle.  All are being transferred from shelters where they are on "death row".

Happy ending for Piper

A note from Piper's new family:

Piper has made an excellent addition to our family. We love her.

Happy ending for Otis


Hi TLC friends,

It's been a little over 2 years since we got our dog, Otis, from your shelter and we are happy to report he is an excellent dog. He is smart, gentle, playful, athletic and an overall very socialized, well-adjusted member of our family. Living in Chicago, we enjoy much of our summer weekends on a lake in WI where Otis swims, chases ducks, goes on walks and has a blast. In the winter, he loves bounding around in the snow and joins his regular pack at the dog park every day to play with his own friends. People often ask us where we got him, so impressed by his qualities and we always proudly tell them.

Almost a year ago, we had baby Mason. Otis has been a model companion to him also. They play with toys together, Otis tolerates being pulled and slapped, and gives only licks in return. A person once said that he seems to have a motherly, nurturing instinct about him and I had to agree.

Anyway, we just wanted to let you know how thankful we are that he turned out to be so good. He has enriched our lives. "Otis the dog is the man" reports Tom. Thanks for all your hard work at the shelter.

Sincerely, Tom and Amy Haddon


Chihuahuas arriving Saturday 9th

2 little male Chihuahuas are arriving on Saturday

Cold weather is DEADLY

Protect your pets from the bitter cold - do not leave them outside longer than necessary.

TLC, home of one-eyed kittens :))

The shelter has recently taken in several one eyed kittens.  These kittens are wonderful in every way, and will be perfect companions.  Please consider adopting a one-eyed wonder cat!

transport Tuesday 5th

More dogs, pups & kittens arriving today