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For The Love of Pets

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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/Will/Grundy & Cook 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

Community Stories

33 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.

Tammie K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Karen is a wonderful and compassionate person. Her light shines way beyond expectations. I rescued a black lab that wondered into my yard. Apparently she was dumped . Being a senior, she was starting to show signs of aging. I lost my job when the company I worked for closed down. When she needed a vet visit for horrible ear infections. Karen graciously came to my rescue and helped cover the vetting she needed. She also helps a friend of mine with the need of pet food. Cant say enough good about her and the organization "For The Love Of Pets." Thank you for being there.

Katie Dumke T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Karen and For The Love of Pets goes above and beyond. Good people doing good work.

Cyndi L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found Karen (For the love of pets) on Facebook during one of her many missions to help an owner with their 4-legged family member. While I have never meant Karen in person, she is the most compassionate, carrying person that I have ever come to know. She walks the walk each and every day and never gives up when an family needs help, either for food or dire medical attention. She is the heart and soul of this nonprofit and many animals have been touched and helped due to this organization. She is humbled by each and every donation she receives for a family in need.

Ashley A H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very awesome for the love of pets they make sure to get other animals their forever home they rescue animals and always help in every way they can rather it’s them help pay vet bills or give food to ppl that need it for their animals this lady is great keep up the great work you ROCK!!!

Andrea K B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Karen McCumsey and her organization, For the Love of Pets, has been a God-send to myself and others. I have assisted in rescues as well as giving food to the needy and their is nothing this organization won't do for animals and families in need. From paying for veterinary care to rescuing and finding homes for animals, FLP is an organization that will bend over backward to help. They give food for animals kept by elderly, underemployed, veterans and sickly individuals that wouldn't be able afford to take care of their pets. They are a place that is definitely needed in their community.

Lorraine R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

For the Love of Pets gave me my Moe ..or Moses ..He was a rescue, but he rescued me.... This non-profit has been there for me for over 7 years now ..I don't know how I could have kept my other pets when my husband passed if it were not for ..FOR the LOVE of PETS..tnx Karen M.!

I 1st fostered, then Adopted Moses..he right away became a service dog for my Husband who had seizures ...Moe grew too old though so we adopted Spirit a huge King Shepherd to be trained... ( he never got the gist of R's seizures, but he was large enough to pull Richard back up to a standing position when he fell) Moses passed away just 10 days prior to my hubbies passing, so Spirit became MY service dog for PTSD....

I am a client served and volunteer and champion of animal rights.....

1 Rayvn Alexandria D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped several members of my family, my community, and even myself. They are a beacon of hope in this area and many families would be torn apart without them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ForTheLoveOfPets has done some amazing things for our community, and others out of state as well, that's how far a small nonprofit can reach with dedication and love for what they do, and lemme tell ya, everyone at ForTheLoveOfPets loves animals, all animals, if it wasn't for them, a lot of pets and pet owners would suffer, I've seen some pretty amazing things, from this nonprofit, from re homing pets that otherwise would have been homeless roaming the streets or sent to kill shelters to die, helping with outrageous medical bills, and vaccinations, spayed, and neutered, they have done so much for our community and others.

1 Megan Jenkins A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve seen this nonprofit in action, working to heal a severely injured dog and kept her with her owner. Wonderful organization, keep up the great work!

Board Member

Rating: 5

A very much a legitimate organization. I am volunteered my time to transport animals and I love the people. Karen McCumsey has done an excellent job with this organization and I hope it will grow within the next coming year. Great job Karen!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

For The Love Of Pets is a wonderful organization!! The great things they do for the animals I can't say it enough how grateful I am for them!! Thank you For The Love of Pets

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this organization for a few years now by volunteering my time in rescuing fostering and the transportation of animals and I find it to be one of the best that I have ever come across this is why I choose for the love of pets.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Have personally donated to this charity and I love the work they do. Specially when they helped a homeless men and his female pitt travel to FL & then to California for a better life, they both needed help so bad.

And recently a family that lost it all including their pets (pets had to be temporarily foster somewhere else) a minor tried to commit suicide when she couldn't see her pets and they stepped in and helped the family with expenses to reunited them all.
Or a poor baby whose neck was almost cut off due to a hunter's trap and family couldn't afford the treatment.
I could go on and on with plenty of cases. I've seen them change lives and that's what counts. They are awesome organization. Please continue the great work and supporting this great organization.

Love
Anna

1 Christine151

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so impressed by all the efforts of this charity. From helping with food, injuries/illness and reuniting lost pets. Good job !!!!

1 Ksnyder_

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit assisted from another state to save a life of a dog that had been shot in the face by a police officer. Without them, he wouldn't of been able to get care and most likely would have suffered longer or died. Thank you for being awesome!!!

1

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having met several in this group , and personally know Karen M, I can say I have never met a more loving, caring, selfless, drama free organization such as FTLOP! They stop at nothing to help the helpless. That means 2 and 4 legged. They are small but mighty and are wonderful people to boot!
Sincerely, Karen Randolph!

1 Debra70

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was having trouble feeding my cats! A neighbor next door had somehow collected 12 furry kids and theses were furry catsLol Wekk this poor neighbor was overtaken in a fire started by hsome arsonist and he died from smoke inhalation. Well I collected up his cats and brought them to my house to stay! Well I called Karen and Marshal McCumsey and they helped me gfeed 13 cats until they slowly went on there way! These cats were feral cats and ate ran.lol I had Three of my own already ! I kept one of them! So after that i fed mine myself! We became very good friends. Even after a that she would bring a bag of food once in a while. She talked about some of the things she would have to do York other people and their pets ! They are a great place.amd without them I could have a disaster ! Thank you so very much Karen and Marshal and God bless you both❤️

1 Jamie Aitchison

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the Love of Pets serves a purpose unique to our financially trying times: keeping companion animals with the families who love them. Not only do they serve the animals in their community, they go above and beyond the typical animal rescue group by helping people faced with difficult financial issues provide food and medical assistance for their companion animals. NAVS is proud to have awarded FtLoP grants to help continue their important work.

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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!