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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.

Cyndi L.


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.

1 Megan Jenkins A.


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!



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.