Since The Little Barn adoption center officially opened on May 5th, 2013, we have been able to significantly increase the number of lives we save each year. Primarily, The Little Barn is used to house our more difficult dogs that need special training and handling. Each day we have a team of volunteers who come in to help with socialization, training, walking and caring for the animals that reside at “the barn.”
The Little Barn provides glass-front suites, with blankets and bedding, for resident animals. Several times each day, the dogs go out to the “barnyard” for play and exercise. Cats live in “cat condos” where they climb and socialize with one another and retire to individual compartments when they want privacy.
Periodically, The Little Barn hosts adoption events to showcase the animals that are seeking forever homes. This will enable the animals residing in foster homes as well as the residents in the barn to have more opportunities to get adopted.
On September 19, 2016, ALIVE Rescue converted The Little Barn into a Special Isolation Center for canine influenza exposed dogs.
UPDATE: In March of 2019, ALIVE Rescue closed The Little Barn doors to make way for the new Adoption Center. We are currently focusing our efforts on construction at The Big Barn and looking for a new space in Chicago to house a new Little Barn.