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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To rescue, support and find homes for stray and abandoned animals.

Programs: Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, provide medical care, love and safe harbor for aninals afflicted by neglect, abandonment and abuse.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Angels on Wheels is one of the best animal rescues out there in the Chicagoland area. All the animals in the rescue are in loving foster homes for as long as it takes up to adoption, NOT in cages in some shelter. All potential fosters must go through a thorough application process so Susan knows the animals will be well taken care of while in their care. Susan is absolutely wonderful at vetting the dogs and cats with the best medical care no matter the cost, and she is dedicated to finding the perfect home for every fur baby, dog, and cat. Some potential adopters often fail to understand that the rescue is an all volunteer organization and that the fosters have full time jobs and family commitments. Therefore they are not available to approve applications and for meet & greets 24/7. Many reviewers who have commented negatively here are often caught lying on their adoption applications or do not read the animals' bios making them not the right "fit". Because they are denied adoption, they feel the need to strike out against the rescue. It's sad. Susan founded the rescue years ago and works endlessly, without pay! She has a heart of gold! The entire Angels on Wheels "family" is something very special, as is every animal that goes through the rescue! The animals deserve only the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels on Wheels has pretty amazing people working for them. I actually live in Columbus, OH and my friend saw Snoopy an American Bull dog mix on the Angels on Wheels Facebook page. She is friends with one of the ladies that works for them. She showed me the picture of him and I feel in love with Snoopy. Since I live in Ohio and Snoopy is in Illionis, Snoopys foster mom Judy contacted me we talked for about an hour. She asked me many many questions which showed me that she really cared about Snoopy and that he was going to a good home. She would send me pictures and keep me updated on everything. My friends friend Renee actually volunteered to bring Snoopy to my house to make sure he was happy and that he fit into our family. You could tell Renee was very knowledgeable, kind and aware to see if Snoopy was happy. She made sure he was happy before she left. That was in January of 2017 and Judy and Renee still keep in contact with me and I always share pictures with them. I am beyond thrilled that I was about to work with Angels On Wheels! These ladies truly love their animals like they are family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found our sweet Zoey through Angel's on Wheels. It was not stressful at all. After we got her the vet noticed a heart mumer and Angel's on Wheel took care of everything. They care about the animals young and old. The foster we got Zoey from is awesome. She watches Zoey when we go on vacation. When we are ready for a 2nd pup I will definitely go through Angel's on Wheels.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'd procrastinated getting my boys a dog for too long. Now that I was newly divorced in our own home, I finally started looking. Thank God I found Angels On Wheels' Facebook page! It was by chance that'd I'd had my morning coffee and was just playing around on my phone and I saw her...our Winnie. She was with her other siblings at a foster home. I contacted their FB admin and started my application. Thankfully we had mutual friends because before my online application was complete, they'd finished my references. We had our new puppy by that same evening!!!!! She has been our greatest gift to this family and we are so grateful!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels on Wheels is such an amazing rescue. They don't just rescue cute puppies and highly adoptable dogs, they rescue the sick and the old. Even hospice cases that they know will never be adopted, just so they won't die on a cold concrete shelter floor. They are a foster based rescue which means that all of the animals in their care are in homes with families where they really get to know their personalities. It is the best way to know what home would be a great match for each pet. Susan takes so much time and care to find the right family for each pet. She wants to make sure they go to their forever homes and that they don't end up in a worse situation. The process can be frustrating for those who don't understand it, but it is necessary so that our animals go to the homes that are the best fit for them. As a foster, I am so grateful for that. I have fostered for Angels on Wheels for many years and I am so proud to work with some of the best people in the rescue world. Their hearts for these animals is prevalent in all that they do. I am not just a foster, but I have also adopted an Angels on Wheels pup. He is the best thing that has come along in our lives! He is such an amazing dog. Thank you AOW for allowing me to be a small part in your tireless efforts to rescue so many and for giving me the opportunity to adopt the best dog ever!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of working with AOW & Susan for many years. She & her organization take in so many different breed, age, medical conditions cats & dogs. AOW takes into account every pet & the adoption process seriously. Adopting a pet is for a lifetime & is a commitment. Susan takes this process to assure these wonderful animals are in the right homes. I have fostered, transported, pulled from CACC & been to Susan's home along w/ many other foster homes AOW works with. All of these fosters have the same goal in mind, show the pet-to-be the best of what human love & caring can be. When thinking about adopting, AOW is going to do what is right by the pet & placing him/her in the best suited home. That is what rescuing is all about.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with several rescues over the past 14 years. I love Angels on Wheels!! They really look out for the animals' best interest. They have an application process and yes, they ask questions, but it's all to find the best home for these furry angels. Each pet is fostered in a volunteers home and is properly vetted and vaccinated before being adopted. Every person that helps Angels on Wheels is a volunteer and many have full time jobs and kids and pets of their own. They are some of the best people I've ever met! I adopted two cats from AOW and they are fabulous!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with 3 animal rescue organizations over the past 10 years. Angels on Wheels is by far the best to work with as a volunteer. They understand that you need a break from fostering occasionally or you'll get burned out. They understand that not everyone makes a good pet owner and they ask questions of potential adopters because they want THE BEST for all of the animals they rescue. They have a formal process for adopting, which keeps the animals from winding up in research facilities (or possibly worse). However, they also understand regular people and don't keep people with children from adopting a pet, but help to educate them instead and find THE RIGHT pet, not just one that looks cute.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our cat chickpea has been the most amazing companion possible! Angels on wheels made the whole process extremely simple and inviting. Their foster parents are amazing caring people and we have nothing but good things to say!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm very happy. Susan did a great job pairing families with pets. We adopted two dogs from Angels On Wheels Animal Rescue.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Susan and this rescue. She cares about these animals and ALWAYS makes sure they go to the right home. I have adopted two dogs from her and she made sure I was the right fit. I just can't say enough good about Angels on Wheels Animal Rescue. Thank you for all you do