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Angels On Wheels Animal Rescue NFP

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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

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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: 3

Like other reviewer mentioned, this is a good place to adopt from if you’re a cookie cutter family. If you have a family with someone who has special needs, I would look elsewhere. They are quick to judge and the person responding through e-mails is rude, accusatory, and did not seem to understand the message we were sending her. I’m sure the foster families are great, but don’t waste your time meeting an animal here if there is something “off” about your family. However, If everyone in your household is mentally and physically healthy, I say give they place a go.

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Angels on Wheels Animal Rescue 08/17/2018

I'm very sorry the meet and greet with your family and the dog didn't go well. Good luck to you and your family in finding a new companion. Since your spouse also wrote a review, I will respond to that one as well.

Client Served

Rating: 3

Showed many positives with how they treat their animals before adoption but unfortunately met the expectations with how they handled the situation at hand. Overall, if you are a cookie cutter family this is a great place to adopt from. If not, look elsewhere. (:

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Angels on Wheels Animal Rescue 08/17/2018

I'm very sorry the meet and greet with your family and the dog didn't go well. Good luck to you and your family in finding a new companion. Since your spouse also wrote a review, I will respond to that one as well.

Rog R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

To say this has been a fantastic experience is an understatement. Susan was fantastic every step of the way. The process was very easy to make sure we were the right fit to care for the our puppy. Once the paperwork (NOT overwhelming by any means) was filled out we were asked to meet the puppy to make sure it was a good fit for us and him. ..... IT MOST DEFINITELY WAS A GOOD FIT! Susan took the time to answer all of our questions and explained everything that we can expect. Susan is obviously committed to finding good homes for these animals and has a passion for doing so.

If you are even considering adopting a pet I highly recommend Angels on Wheels (http://angelsonwheels.org/). It was simply a fantastic experience that brought our puppy into out house and our lives. Highly recommended and far exceeded every expectation.

Thanks Susan!

Roger

Roger

Client Served

Rating: 5

Six years ago we adopted a senior dog, our beloved Dude, from Angels On Wheels. We got to work directly with the foster for Dude to learn more about him and for Angels On Wheels to learn more about us. Because of the positive adoption experience we had adopting Dude, we added Dennis to our family two years later from Angels on Wheels. Every dog in their care gets exactly what that pup needs to become a treasured family member upon adoption. Dude had medical needs that were met and he was thriving when we met him. Dennis had behavior needs from a rough start that were being met when we fell in love with him. The fosters were experienced and helpful in making sure we were a good match for Dude and Dennis. Their priorities were always about the precious pets in their charge. We have stayed in touch with Dude and Dennis' fosters and with Susan, the director, and their good work continues to amaze us. Now we work with rescues in our area, and my benchmark is always Angels On Wheels. The best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about AOW when we adopted a kitten. It was such a great experience to meet the kitten in a home and see how he plays, interacts etc. After that experience my kids and I always said we would love to reverse roles and some day be the foster family. We began fostering kittens this year and I can't say enough good things about the experience. The animals are given the best care and as fosters we are fully supported every step of the way. We have been enjoying being a foster family and look forward to continuing it for a long time.

Jenny V.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I adopted my husband boy Kermit from AOW and could not be happier. They are a wonderful rescue and being someone in the veterinary field I’ve seen some nightmares. They checked all the boxes and even did a home visit which is sooo important. They truly care about their rescues and gave me one of the best dogs I’ve ever had!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my Cat Ivan from Angels on Wheels last September and they made the adoption process so quick and easy! I was able to bring Ivan home the same day I went to meet him and the foster family was so nice and caring of the other cats there. I love my kitty so much and when I decide to adopt any other four legged friend I will definitely go through AOW again! They are great to work with! Thank you for choosing me to be Ivan’s momma

alidose12

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was sooner than later that I wanted a dog for our family. We had moved to a new house with a large fenced in yard. One early Sunday morning I was wandering through Facebook and saw our Winnie. I messaged Angels on Wheels and they replied immediately. I began the online application but before I finished, they’d already contacted a mutual friend and Winnie was ours!!! The family fostering Winnie called us right away and we drove 2hours South to get her. Our cost to get Winnie is directly related to her care and veterinary bills. We were reimbursed a substantial amount of money because we enrolled her in a discipline dog class. Angels on Wheels is a caring, loving, and responsible charity helping pets find their forever homes.

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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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am always knocked out by the commitment and passion of Angel on Wheels. My two pups, both from AOW's, are too! Susan, her colleagues, and the transport and foster networks give 110% to the rescue and the wellbeing of the dogs and cats they give shelter to and find loving home for.

Bill M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking for a puppy for about 4 months but couldn’t find anything that jumped out at us. I saw Petey’s profile about 6 times but didn’t want a dog that big or over 9 months old so my granddaughter could bond and grow with it. One day I decided to read his profile that was quite lengthy buy Susan wrote it from a first person narrative and I knew immediately that I’d found my forever dog. I learned that he’d been hit by a car at 2 months old and eventually had to have his left rear leg amputated and I had just had my left leg amputated so I knew we could rehab together. Petty had also spent 7 months of his life in a veterinarian kennel so was not as emotionally mature as his age. When I spoke with Susan she said her family had been fostering Peter to make sure he recovered and thrived and when I met him and Susan and Scott I was totally shocked at Petey’s condition. He was getting around on 3 legs and was emotionally in great shape. The love he showed for them and they for him was stunning considering they’d only had him a few months. They even bought a swimming pool just for his physical therapy and they have pictures of it on their website. They did a phenomenal job with Petey and told us they weren’t supposed to get Petey when they went to Tennnessee but after seeing him they didn’t think he’d get adopted and wanted him to have a good life.
Angels on Wheels and Susan and Scott are not only a great rescue they’re a rescue with a heart. When they dropped Petey off and came to visit a few months later there were tears in their eyes when they left him. They left us 2 dog beds to borrow for him so he’d be comfortable and have his favorite smells during the transition. After adopting several cats and dogs over my life I will never do so again from anyplace other then Angels on Wheels because of their care and genuine love and concern they have for all animals make me feel comfortable with them since we are the same way. If you want to adopt a special needs furr baby or just a healthy forever furr baby this is the place to go my wife and I tell everybody about them in the hopes they’ll call them when they’re ready to adopt. Susan also left a great care package/starter kit when she left Petey here just to make sure we had everything we needed until we got to the pet store.

GREAT RESCUE GREAT RESCUE GREAT RESCUE!!!

Jen B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of adopting two animals from Susan and Angels on Wheels. We adopted our cat back in 2013. Just last week we adopted another senior dog with special needs.
Susan has once again gone above and beyond not only saving another animal but pairing him with his forever home. I highly recommend her. She is one of the best there is in nonprofit rescues.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

One of their volunteer foster moms (ours) was noticeably uncomfortable & unfriendly when meeting our new potential family. Also, our foster mom, she seemed to hold resentment that we surrendered our animal. Seemed cold when we met her and didn't even make a good profile for our pet's new profile description. Some need to lighten up and be more understanding.

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Angels on Wheels Animal Rescue 05/23/2018

We are sorry you had a bad experience. We try to give people the benefit of the doubt. Many dogs that come to us are owner surrenders because they are too busy, no time, moving, had children, family moving in. It can be difficult for our fosters to remove that emotion given what they see.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.