Help us Build The Big Barn

Help us Build The Big Barn

At the end of 2016, we were gifted a 4,800 square foot barn in Salem, Wisconsin. The donors had previously adopted a dog from ALIVE Rescue and fell in love with our mission. They decided that they wanted to give back so we could further that mission. This donation will allow us to more than double the amount of animals we save.This amazing donation included an old dairy barn that we intend to convert into an animal shelter—the soon-to-be “Big Barn.” We received final approval from the village on December 11, 2017 to move forward with the project. We are now accepting bids from contractors and the final drawings (see below) have been completed by the architect.

The Big Barn will have two birthing suites for pregnant and nursing moms, a “retirement room” for any sanctuary dogs we take in, and 18 additional dog suites. Aside from saving more animals in general, The Big Barn will specifically help us save more “hard-to-place” dogs, for example, dogs that require medical attention, dogs that need one-on-one training, are heartworm positive, or hospice dogs.There will be several fenced in areas behind the barn designated as play lots and a large indoor play area as well. We will also have trails throughout the property that will allow for long dog walks.  While initially we will have only dogs at The Big Barn, we hope to eventually add other animals.

Help us make this dream become a reality by donating to our Big Barn Giving Tuesday Campaign.  Your donation will truly make a difference in ALIVE Rescue’s life saving efforts. #givingbigbarn


As a thank you for donating, we had limited edition Big Barn swag made just for you. 

  • $25.00–$49.00: Big Barn Koozie
  • $50.00–$99.00: Big Barn Tote
  • $100.00–$149.00: Big Barn t-shirt
  • $150.00–$499.00: Special invite to our Giving Tuesday After Party taking place on 11/27 from 7–9 pm at Old Grounds Social AND all Big Barn merchandise listed above
  • $500.00–$999.00: Everything listed above PLUS two tickets to the 2019 “Lucky for Life” Annual Gala.
  • $1000.00+: Everything listed above PLUS exclusive access to our Sponsor only ground-breaking ceremony (date TBD) at The Big Barn.

Special thanks to our Giving Tuesday Presenting Host:

Special thanks to all of our Social Media Ambassadors:

360 Chicago
Animal Medical Center of Chicago
ATA Social Club
Blooming Culture
Big Ten Network
Blvd. Vet
Chicago Dog Runner
Kim Walks Dogs
Mad Style
My Vet Animal Hospital
North Clybourn Group
Odd Boz
Pooch Hotel West Loop
Real Dog Moms of Chicago
Rescue In Style
Roscoe Village Animal Hospital
Truman the Giant
US Shelter Pets

The Big Barn before:

The plans: