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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: For The Love Of Pets is dedicated to keeping the family pet with the family that loves them.

Results: For The Love Of Pets is assisting 178 families in LaSalle/Livingston and parts of Will County with their pet food bank. We have helped to save 27 dogs and 13 cats that would have died because their owner's couldn't afford emergency veterinary care. We have helped place 23 dogs and 22 cats that have been victims of foreclosure and might be adding 3 more dogs to that list this week.

Target demographics: Any families with pets who are unable to keep them due to job loss, illness or any other temporary financial emergency.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2009 27 families with pet food bank, 12 dogs & 3 cats with emergency vet care.2010 64 with pet food bank, 13 dogs & 1 cat assisted with emergency vet care.2011 112 family assisted with our pet food bank, 3 cats & 4 dogs assisted with emergency vet care.

Geographic areas served: Pet food bank is restricted to LaSalle/Livingston Counties in Illinois. (But I will try to help you find assistance in your location if you need it.) Emergency Veterinary is limited to the State of Illinois but will soon be Nationwide. Foreclosure assistance program will begin in Illinois then move to other States as I get volunteers, so please call and check for assistance.

Programs: Pet Food Bank Emergency medical assistance Foreclosure assistance (coming soon!)

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an Animal Control warden in Dixon, Il and personally know that this wonderful group has assisted numerous families with food, vet assistance and keeping their pets safe either with the families or with families willing to care for their Pets. They are consistantly working on helping families and pets and have assisted me with relocating pets from where I work(90 milesfrom Streator) that fell on hard times and were unable to keep or care for their Pets. Keep up the Wonderful work Karen!!! Barry DeBoor LCAC Warden, Dixon, Il.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My poor chi needed a surgery.They went from saying i was approved to refusing after raising all the money.Statibg that I made to much and owned my home.Which I told them thatvI owned from the start.When I offered to show my earnings by my tax returns they refused them.They would have proofed i was being honest and live at poverty level.Then they stated on a public web site that I was going to put down the animal to spite them.Which was total BS they were just trying to cover their butts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had several occasions to call Karen. She has helped friends the same as she has helped complete strangers. She has done everything from helping with food to transportation or help with spay/neuter costs. Most recently, she rescued a dog from a potentially dangerous situation and made sure he got a good home. She truly cares for these animals and selflessly gives her time and funds to make our little corner of the world a better place!

1 Dori H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about For The Love Of Pets!

Karen found me on facebook and even though I didn't know her.. we had friends in common. I'm so glad I clicked that accept button! She has been there for me 3 times that I can think of. One time when I needed some food for my cats. Another when I found a basset hound walking around lost. The most important time was when my dog got hurt so bad that she was going to need put to sleep. One of the worst things a person will ever have to do is make that drive to the vet to have your ill pet put to sleep. I called Karen for help to make that drive for me and by God.. She did it!

I will be forever grateful to her and her group. I've sent many people her way and she has helped them all.

I tried working with people and their pets and it is a heart breaking job. You have to be a special kind of person, that's for sure! Love her Group!

Deb_13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For The Love Of Pets is a wonderful non-profit organization that raises funds to help less fortunate people with their animal companions. They assist with veterinarian care and more. Without the aid of this group, many people would not be able to care for their pets appropriately. As the result, both humans and animals are very happy and healthy. Thank you, For The Love Of Pets, for enabling animals to be cared for by those people who love them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with a local shelter. I want to speak about the importance of The Love of Pets to the community. For the Love of Pets helps keep pets in their homes. So many people are facing financial hardship and the last thing they want to do is give up their pets, their pets are part of their family. For the Love of Pets with Karen McCumsey at the helm helps families do this. I don't think people realize that not only is this beneficial to these families and their pets, BUT it keeps these animals out of the shelter that I personally volunteer at, and allows us the space to take in other animals in need that are not so lucky. So it fills a huge gap in our community. I also know that Karen helps the animal community in other ways, she is a person with a huge heart and works tirelessly to help people and their pets and also unwanted animals. I am happy to see that For the Love of Pets is part of the Great Non Profits family now and I hope this will be a benefit to this organization that is so greatly needed!