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We are a small shelter with big dreams.

We have pulled and sheltered hundreds of dogs from kill shelters and found homes for those dogs who would have otherwise been euthanized.  We have transported over a thousand dogs to rescues in northern Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana as well as to specific breed rescues. We also accept owner relinquished dogs so they do not have to experience the negative environment of a dog pound. We prefer helping people through education and training to keep their beloved pets.

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A Note from Karen:


Kuranda Dog Beds

Guess it is about time to share the changes coming about in my life and the life of our shelter. About two months after starting my job in Champaign and driving a minimum of an hour and 15 minutes each way (longer in snow, ice and fog), a gentleman came and asked if I would like to sell my house because he had bought property adjacent to mine. I really had no choice but to sell it. We close on my property at the end of next week. I have put an offer in on a house in Urbana and it has been accepted. We close on June 30, so I will still be around for a while. I will not stop rescuing dogs, but just doing it a little more minimally. Having a shelter in your house is all consuming. You literally have little time for anything else. I have had over 1500 dogs through my house. I have been doing this for ten plus years now and am a bit tired. I will be taking a little break, but will have enough room in my new home to still rescue. Cody and I are also taking a class in Champaign at the DTCCU and I am helping this Saturday at their agility trial. I'm hoping to get involved there. This is truly a double edged sword. Everyone who has helped here is so appreciated and all have become treasures to me. I love my house and where it is. I have the most fantastic neighbors. I have so many special people in Edgar County from my friends working at the gas station to the ladies I so love at my bank. The vet clinic will always be my favorite and Dr. Wilson and Benny true friends. Don't leave our page, we will be helping in other ways than keeping dogs here until I get settled. It takes all of us to save these precious souls! Love you all and I hope you continue to support us.


Hi Karen:

I try to send you a picture of our little Gizmo every year. We adopted him in 2011. Here he is sunbathing. He loves to be outside just laying around or playing ball or going on long walks. He's really good at catching flies too. Haha! He is such a happy boy and we love him so much. Thank you for all the hard work you do with these dogs!!

Renée Weaver