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Panel Will Search for the Truth at Animal Welfare League

Animal Welfare League of Chicago Ridge and Chicago has been the subject of a social media firestorm. Animal activists as well as former employees and volunteers, former staff veterinarians, and even other shelter directors have alleged all sorts of issues. And, many of them suggest downright cruelty, unsanitary and unsafe conditions for people and animals,…

Voice of CatSpot Litter on WGN Radio

I interview the voice and founder of CatSpot Cat Litter, Jeff Limbaugh, on my WGN Radio show Steve Dale’s Pet World. This is not a clumping litter; CatSpot is a new way of thinking about cat litter, as Jeff explains HERE. Jeff says that this coconut-based product was the idea of a cat at the storage…

Animal Welfare League Community Meeting

Animal Welfare League (AWL) executive director and board member Linda Estrada told me (and also Channel 5 in the report below) that she wants to hear from the community. Now, she and other board members will have that chance. Tuesday, February 6, there will be a public forum held at The Village of Chicago Ridge, 10455 Ridgeland…

Personal Message to Animal Welfare League Board of Directors

I don’t pretend to know all of what’s true or not regarding the increasingly long list of serious allegations targeting the Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Chicago and Chicago Ridge. I do believe there are plausible explanations that could answer some of those allegations, but credible sources are increasingly reaching out to me independently and…

Does Animal Welfare League Euthanize Most Senior Dogs?

Sometimes when one cat is let out of the bag, a bevy of cats bursts through, and that is exactly what’s going on regarding the Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Chicago. Reports began to appear in social media expressing concerns regarding the two facilities, from questionable medical treatment of animals to sanitation. The allegations were…

Animal Welfare League: Are They Offering the Best Welfare?

The Animal Welfare League (AWL) (both the Chicago and Chicago Ridge locations) relieves a great deal of pressure from Chicago Animal Care and Control and the Anti Cruelty Society, both of which also offer open admission. If open admission AWL did not exist, all the animals they accept would be funneled elsewhere. Sadly, there are certain…

Animal Welfare League Fighting Online Rumors and the Dog Flu

The Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Chicago and Chicago Ridge have been around for a long time. Without their open-admission policy (and that of Anti Cruelty Society), there’s little doubt that Chicago Animal Care & Control would be further over-burdened, if not downright overwhelmed. Their contribution to animal welfare is undeniable. However, allegations of late…

Chicago Canine Rescue Mutt Strut to Raise Dollars for No Kill Shelter

Chicago Canine Rescue’s (CCR) Anna Johnson on WGN Radio’s Steve Dale’s Pet World Listen HERE, as Anna talks about how CCR often takes dogs no one else will, and greatly from open admission facilities, such as Chicago Animal Care and Control and Animal Welfare League of Chicago. They are heroes. The dogs (and a pawful of cats)…

Claims Dogs Not His, and then Throws Them from Parking Garage

It doesn’t matter the explanation, intentionally throwing two toy poodles from several stories up on the top of a parking garage can’t be excused. A passerby found one dog dead and another severely injured outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Reportedly, 22-year-old Edward Hanania will be charged two felony animal cruelty charges,…

Animal Welfare Optimism, If We Are Kind to Each Other

Dogs, cats and other creatures have been in my life now for over 20 years. Personally, I know I’ve made a difference in a good way, everything from coming up with ideas like allowing dogs to come to the ball park (with the White Sox at first, and now replicated around America) to the Dog…

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