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Your support allows us to administer each of the programs below. These programs solve problems and help us carry out the ALIVE Rescue mission.

Does one or more program(s) stand out to you? Let us know which programs you like and why.


Many of the programs below have accompanying "donate" buttons in case you'd like to contribute to specific programs that may resonate with you.



The Chicago Community Pet Coalition knows that families and pets are happiest when they can stay together. After seeing so many heart-wrenching situations where families can’t afford to care for their beloved pet and therefore have to give them up to shelters, ALIVE Rescue and One Tail at a Time decided to team up to prevent any further heartbreak from occurring.


In March of 2014, we formed the Chicago Community Pet Coalition (CCPC) to keep animals healthy, happy and in the homes they love.  

Click here for more information on CCPC.

Chicago Community Pet Coalition (CCPC)


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Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (CRISP) is a relatively new initiative to help pets and families in the Chicagoland area stay healthy and stay together. CRISP began May 2016 and pools the resources of 10 local rescues that work in concert to:

  1. Provide assistance and support to pet owners in need

  2. Divert owner-surrendered animals to accredited rescues

  3. Ultimately reduce the number of animals surrendered to Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC)

CRISP has a table inside Chicago's main open-admission shelter, Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC). The goal of CRISP is to first prevent animals from being surrendered by their owners, thereby reducing the number of animals that need future adoption. The second goal is to divert animals surrendered at CACC to rescue organizations before they are exposed to disease within the shelter. This prevents unnecessary and/or costly medical treatments and prevents the spread of disease after animals have been transferred from CACC into local rescues. It also lowers the euthanasia rate for CACC, which is always a goal.

CRISP is unique, and the coalition has provided great insights into why people are surrendering their animals to CACC. With more information on why people are surrendering their pets, we can attempt to address the root causes of pet surrenders in Chicago. Reducing pet surrenders will ultimately reduce CACC intake.

Read more about CRISP here.

Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (CRISP)



We tend to take in a lot of hard cases that may be overlooked by potential adopters. For example, dogs that may not get along well with other dogs and cats but love their people. These dogs typically stay with ALIVE Rescue for a very long time, so we came up with a way for them to stand out! We label these special dogs as “introverts,” and they become part of our “Introvert for Life” program.


Each introvert's adoption fee is sponsored 100% by ALIVE Rescue. Additionally, each introvert receives one free one-on-one training session with their new family and an ALIVE Rescue-approved trainer once they are adopted.

Introvert for Life


The Parvo Prevention Project, which launched in 2018, is geared toward helping prevent parvovirus in Chicago. Parvovirus, commonly referred to as "parvo," is a highly-contagious disease that infects the canine gastrointestinal tract and, if left untreated, causes death within 48 to 72 hours. No specific drug is available that will kill the virus in infected dogs, and treatment is very expensive. Parvo is preventable through vaccination.

After watching countless puppies and dogs come into CACC during CRISP, we decided to work on fighting parvo in Chicago on a new level. Since January 2017, ALIVE Rescue has been tracking parvo cases coming into CACC. The data collected is exported to a map, allowing us to analyze which areas in Chicago parvo is most prevalent.

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Parvo Prevention Project


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Paws for Hope's mission is dedicated to helping individuals struggling with mental health and wellness, including depression, anxiety, suicidality, and self-injury, through animal-assisted programming. Paws for Hope aims to support these individuals by:

  • Building community and providing a safe space where individuals can share their struggles with professionals and others with similar experiences, while being comforted by ALIVE Rescue’s adoptable animals

  • Connecting ALIVE’s dogs with individuals in mental health facilities and recovery programs


The Paws for Hope Pack is a safe community for ALIVE Rescue volunteers to connect when seeking support. The community comes together online and in-person through the Paws for Hope Facebook group, workshops, monthly recreational activities, and meet-ups with mental health professionals and adoptable animals.

ALIVE Rescue volunteers, along with therapy and rescue dogs, will visit local mental health facilities to comfort those in recovery programs. The goal of these visits is to brighten days — no matter how dark. 

Paws for Hope


The ALIVE Rescue Reach Out Days program was started to educate and comfort seniors within our community and connect them to the spirits of our rescue animals. While this program is dedicated toward seniors, people of diverse ages, experiences, functions or health enjoy handling and having the company of the animals just as much as the rescue animals enjoy having a day of attention and love.

We work with the following nursing/rehab/retirement homes:

  • Wesley Place

  • Covenant Home

  • Hartwell Place

  • Brookdale Lakeview

  • Belmont Crossing

If you would like to be a part of one of our Reach Out days, or you have suggestions of organizations or locations that would benefit from a Reach Out day, please e-mail us at


Check our calendar for details on the next scheduled Reach Out Day.