Almost Home Foundation
P.O. Box 308
Elk Grove Village,IL 60009-0308
Organization Specializes In: Almost Home Foundation is an all volunteer, registered, not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to the rescue of stray and abandoned dogs and cats. We are NOT breed or age specific and will give an animal a chance.
Year founded: 2005
Interviewee: Terri Sullivan Victory, Secretary / Director of Computer Services
Does your organization help place homeless animals? If so, how many animals are usually available at any given time? How long is their average stay with you? If no, what do you do?: Almost Home Foundation rescues, saves and places homeless dogs and cats from our neighboring towns as well as from high kill shelters throughout Illinois and other states. We typically have between 400-500 animals in our care at any given time. The average stay varies as to species, breed, and age. We work endlessly to provide a temporary home for our animals until they are placed into a loving, forever home.
What's the biggest challenge facing your organization?: Overpopulation is simply our biggest problem. There is not enough good homes for all of the animals that need them.
What kinds of things do you do to raise awareness about your organization in your community?: Almost Home Foundation has held events throughout our neighboring towns at libraries, summer festivals, company events and town hall meetings. We hold at minimum weekly adoption shows at several PetSmart locations to provide exposure for the animals.
How does your organization help educate people about animal rescue? Do you offer classes/training or education materials for people who adopt animals from you?: Almost Home Foundation has attended elementary and high school events promoting the importance of spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership. We have volunteer trainers that work with pet owners to help resolve any issues. Almost Home Foundation also has several brochures and educational materials to help educate pet owners. We participate in national events such as Spay Day USA
Do you support purebred adoption? How often does your organization rescue purebred dogs? Almost Home Foundation supports taking in any adoptable animal including purebred ones.
What is one myth about dog rescue that you'd like to prove wrong? One myth that Almost Home Foundation would like to disspell is that there is "Something Wrong" with an animal in rescue. There are wonderful animals put down every day throughout our country due to no fault of their own.
What is one tip you would give a first time dog owner?: Almost Home Foundation always stresses that adopting a pet is a LIFE TIME COMMITMENT. It is important to understand the animal and seek to learn how to bring about the positive interaction desired. So often, people think that animals should act like Lassie with little or no effort. If people relate raising an animal to the efforts they do with their children. they will understand that it takes patience and effort - but the rewards are boundless.
Why do you think there is such a divide between purebred and rescue dog people? What needs to change?: Almost Home Foundation supports any rescue that saves adoptable animals. We have worked with purebred rescues when we have an animal that has a better chance for adoption from a purebred rescue. This does not mean that every purebred dog that we rescue should go to a purebred rescue.
All rescues need to value the efforts that we have in common. While Purebred rescues are specialists, rescues like Almost Home Foundation are generalists. The common element is that we both are trying to save lives to animals in need.
What's your take on big dogs living in the city? Do you think it's wrong or is it a myth that bigger dogs need more space?: There is no one rule that works for every situation. Size does not dictate a dog's exercise needs. Besides, there are people who live in the city that are runners or visit dog parks everyday that could exercise an active dog. Almost Home Foundation tries to match the dog's needs with the lifestyle of the potential adopter.
Do you support a no-kill nation? Why or why not?: While Almost Home Foundation supports a no-kill nation, this simply cannot be done with the overpopulation situation. There is a need for legislation on puppy mill and backyard breeding as well as required spay / neuter requirements in order to meet this goal.
What makes working for a rescue so rewarding? What keeps you going?: One look at a beautiful adoptable animal looking at you for their very existence keeps us going. It's all about the animals.