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Selected and nominated charities

Meeting: December 15, 2021

Thank you for giving!  

This was our 13th meeting, the fifth on Zoom, and Animal Charity Night!  We had a great turnout and thank everyone for attending and giving so generously to both the selected charity (Our House of Hope Rescue) and the runners-up CRISP and PAWS Chicago)

We raised a total of $7,843!


  • 46 people donated a total of $5,168 to the Our House of Hope Rescue 

  • 17 women donated a total of $1,925 to CRISP (Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program) under the umbrella of One Tail at a Time

  • 8 members donated $750 for PAWS Chicago

  • 11 people donated to 2 charities and 6 donated to all 3



In addition, we collected a car full of pet food for dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, gerbils and geckos. There were many treats, toys, bowls, even sweaters donated for dogs, and a dog car seat!  Those donations went to Our House of Hope, which runs the largest pet food pantry in Lake County, serving 1200 animals. 



Sandy Wagman giving donations to Lisa Krinninger, Executive Director of Our Hope of Hope Rescue


Thanks for your food, toy, sweater, and dog car seat donations! 

Check out Sandy's car stuffed with your donations!  Last pic shows them on the shelves at Our House of Hope.  


Meet Our House of Hope

Nominated by: Paula Laukkanen


Our House of Hope is an innovative prevention-based animal welfare organization. Our concentration is on animal rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing. We lead through example, community involvement, and education.

We give a voice to our rescues and our public. During times of transition, we also provide support to our seniors, low-income families, the disabled, and our veterans. It is in this way that we give "HOPE" to the community we serve and the rescues that may pass through our doors.

Our House of Hope, Inc. is an IL. 501(c)3 State Licensed Non-Profit Animal Welfare Organization who specializes in the medical, behavioral, and the emotional rehabilitation of animals.

Meet PAWS Chicago


Nominated by: Paula Goldman

PAWS Chicago has a very important mission: 

  • To build No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago – that respect and value the life of every cat and dog.

  • To end the overpopulation of homeless animals through solutions, practices, and education.

  • To transform animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated and developing a sustainable, solutions-based model.


Meet CRISP/One Tail at a Time

Nominated by: Joyce Heneghan



The mission of One Tail at a Time is to end pet homelessness by making pet ownership a joyful and accessible experience for all. One Tail at a Time accomplishes this by rescuing animals from overcrowded shelters, placing them in loving forever homes, and providing support and resources to pet owners in need.

At our December meeting, we were asked to donate to a specific program they run called CRISP, the Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (“CRISP”).

This program provides free services to help Chicago pet owners keep their pets, rather than surrendering them. Four days every week, volunteers from the different rescue partners are on-site at animal control to help pet owners find a way to keep their pets.

If keeping a pet with the family isn’t an option, CRISP immediately begins networking the animal into a no-kill rescue group or shelter to bypass the city shelter completely. 89% of the time, these pets do not enter Chicago Animal Care and Control, which houses hundreds of pets any given day of the year.

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