We believe in keeping people and pets together. The vision of our Blessed Bonds crisis assistance program is to keep pets out of the animal welfare system and in homes where they belong.
One of the top ten reasons people give up their pets is because of personal problems/medical crisis; for example, someone going into a hospital for 2 weeks or losing their home to foreclosure. This is where Blessed Bonds comes in. We offer temporary assistance to those who want to keep their animal companions but are having difficulties that interfere with their ability to meet their pets' daily needs. If you require assistance, please contact us at (630) 355-2299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help that we offer to individuals in need include:
1. Problem-solving counseling and education to explore options that might be available for the person in crisis within their own support system of family and friends.
2. Temporary foster care when space is available.
3. Information & referral services for other organizations, including pet food banks, low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine clinics, and other temporary foster programs.
4. Loan of large contained cat playpens for cat owners who are able to keep their cats with them or with family members when they are initially contained.
Who qualifies for help through the Blessed Bonds program?
Owners who are temporarily unable to care for their pet and are facing illness, hospitalization, rehab, domestic violence, homelessness, and other personal crises. If you’re unsure if you qualify for Blessed Bonds, please call or email us and share your story; our staff is here to help you explore your options.
How do I get help for my pet?
- Call the shelter at (630) 355-2299 or fill out the application online HERE. You may email your application to email@example.com or fax to 630-718-9564.
- Gather copies of your pet’s veterinary records (or make sure your vet is ready to fax them to us if needed). If possible, pets should be up-to-date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered prior to entering the program. If you need help getting your pet up-to-date or spayed/neutered, please indicate this when submitting your application; our on-site spay/neuter clinic is typically able to help.
- If possible, supply your pet’s foster home with whatever food, litter, leashes, etc. your pet will need while in foster care. If you are unable to provide these items for financial reasons, assistance is available.
What else can I do?
- Contact friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to find out if anyone is willing to care for your pet, either until you’re able to be reunited or just briefly while you search for placement in a foster care program. Shelter programs should always be a last resort after exploring options within your social circles.
- Contact your veterinarian or local boarding facilities to ask about low-cost boarding options. Pet care professionals who have gotten to know your dog or cat often feel personally invested in your pet’s well-being and may be willing to help with low-cost care or a payment plan.
- Check out our Crisis Resource Guide to learn about other programs in Chicagoland that provide help to pets and their families in times of crisis.
How can I start an emergency foster program at my shelter/rescue?
Blessed Bonds began in March of 2004 and merged with A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter in November of 2010. We have helped more than 1200 pets of families experiencing a temporary crisis. We realize that this service is needed throughout Illinois as well as the rest of the country --especially in these more difficult economic times. Currently Blessed Bonds is encouraging other groups and organizations to consider developing their own temporary care program for dogs and cats. We are willing to teach others how to help owners in their communities who want to keep their pets but need to find temporary care for them. For more information on starting up a Blessed Bonds program in your area, please contact founder Linda Harper at LHARPER6@AOL.COM .