Wright-Way Rescue Helping Save 800 Dogs Before Holidays

NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Wright-Way Rescue has joined forces with Best Friends Animal Society to save nearly a thousand animals facing euthanasia in Texas at the Palm Valley Animal Center. Wright-Way will be receiving a transport of 40 small adult dogs and homeless puppies on Friday, November 16.

This rescue effort is over and above its ongoing work in the Midwest, and Wright-Way Rescue is need of short term foster homes immediately — in just two weeks the “Texas 40” will be ready for adoption!

Texas is presently responsible for the euthanasia of 25% of America’s homeless pet population. Due to a number of factors, the Palm Valley Animal Center euthanizes 70% of the animals that are brought to its facility. These factors are common to other rural animal control facilities as well: limited or no access to low-price spay/neuter services in the area, low population density and thus fewer opportunities for adoption, high levels of poverty, and a pervasive belief found in many agricultural communities that dogs can manage on their own or that they are simply tools.

Wright-Way Rescue’s mission is to address the unique problems with pet overpopulation and euthanasia that occur in rural areas. It works with an extensive network of transfer partners throughout the rural Midwest and Southeast to save adoptable animals from rural facilities, where they have little to no chance of adoption.

Wright-Way Rescue has worked with Palm Valley Animal Center over the years to save as many adoptable animals as it can. However, this facility is located in the southernmost tip of Texas, and transportation is always a challenge. With the help of Best Friends Animal Society, however, this obstacle has been removed, and Wright-Way Rescue is so happy to welcome the Texas 40 to the Wright-Way family!

Look for the Texas 40 on Wright-Way Rescue’s adoption page in just two weeks! Forever change the story of just one of their lives — make your home theirs, too.

To donate to the Texas 40, please visit wright-wayrescue.org/donate.

Animal foundation matching donations to Wright-Way Rescue up to $35,000

SEPTEMBER 11, 2018

97.1 FM The Drive announced yesterday that donations to Wright-Way Rescue will be matched up to $30,000. Donations will be matched through Friday, September 14th by the Irving and Phyllis Millstein Charitable Trust For Animals.

Sherman & Tingle and 97.1 FM The Drive are sponsoring the final event of the summer for Boataoke, Chicago’s first karaoke party boat, on Friday, September 14 from 9:00 PM to midnight. A portion of the proceeds from the 2018 Boataoke event series will benefit Wright-Way Rescue.

While promoting the event yesterday morning, Mike Randall from the charitable trust spoke to the radio show and announced the donation match. He also announced that if $15,000 is raised by the time the boat leaves the dock, he will donate an extra $5,000 to the cause. This would bring the potential donation match to $35,000.

“We are blown away by the generosity of the Irving and Phyllis Millstein Charitable Trust For Animals, as well as everyone at The Drive,” said Christy Anderson of Wright-Way Rescue. “$65,000 in donations can make a huge difference in the lives of homeless pets.”

Even if you cannot attend the event, you can make your donation count by donating at wright-wayrescue.org/thedrive. You can choose your team by donating through “Team Sherman”, “Team Tingle”, or “Team Jill.”  The host with the least amount of donations will have to sing an embarrassing karaoke song at Friday’s event.

Attendees will be able to sing karaoke for a great cause as the boat cruises under the city lights down the Chicago River out into Lake Michigan. Tickets are $75 general admission.  Attendees will enjoy food from Lee n’ Eddies, full cash bar, prizes and entertainment hosted by Sherman & Tingle.

Boataoke is 18+, valid IDs are required. Docked at River City Marina, Chicago Lakefront Cruises operates the "Summer of George." The 100-foot vessel was designed and built as a party cruise boat with an enclosed main deck, a full cash bar and a dance floor to keep you entertained while enjoying 360-degree views of the beautiful Chicago skyline. Paid parking is available at the River City Marina (spaces limited). Tickets can be purchased at wdrv.com.

Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Wright-Way Rescue partner to presents a business after hours

July 24, 2018

Wright-Way Rescue’s Professional Board has partnered with the Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce to host a Business After Hours event.

The event will be held on Tuesday, August 21 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at Wright-Way Rescue’s Adoption Center located at 5915 Lincoln Avenue in Morton Grove, Illinois.

This community-wide, networking event features guided tours of Wright-Way Rescue’s facility, information referring both Morton Grove’s Chamber of Commerce and Wright-Way Rescue, and refreshments. Attendees will learn more about the organization’s mission, while networking with Morton Grove’s local businesses.

“Morton Grove’s Chamber of Commerce and Wright-Way Rescue’s Professional Board recognize and appreciate all community partnerships,” said Christy Anderson, Executive Director and Founder of Wright-Way Rescue. “Wright-Way has a large network of lifesaving rescue partners, so we understand the importance of community support to help animals. We are grateful to call Morton Grove our home and very excited to work with its Chamber of Commerce to increase awareness of both important missions.”

For more information on the Business After Hours event or the Wright-Way Rescue’s Professional Board, please contact Allison MacDonald at allison.macdonald@wright-wayrescue.org


Wright-Way Rescue offers Heroes Discount

March 16, 2018

To express our gratitude for your service, all Wright-Way Rescue locations and TimberTrails Low-Cost Veterinary Services proudly offers a 20% discount for all active and retired US military, firemen, police, paramedics, and first responders on all veterinary services and retail purchases. Valid military or department ID required.

This discount is not valid on adoption fees and cannot be combined with any other offers. 

This is Wright-Way's way of thanking the brave men and women who devote their lives every day to serving and protecting our community.

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Wright-Way Rescue hosts spring forward adoption event

March 8, 2018


Morton Grove, Ill. —  To celebrate the fact that we are all “springing forward” this weekend, Wright-Way Rescue invites you to spring forward with a shelter pet.

In order to rescue more homeless dogs and cats, Wright-Way Rescue will be offering 50% off adoption fees for dogs and cats 9 months of age and older this weekend only.

Adoption fees are regularly $335 for adult dogs (9 months or older) and $125 for adult cats (9 months or older).

“We have many adult dogs and cats wanting nothing more than to go home and enjoy the upcoming season with a new family” said Christy Anderson, Wright-Way Rescue’s founder. “We hope people will stop in to meet all of the amazing adults looking for homes.”

The organization will be offering its Spring Forward Adoption Event at the Wright-Way Rescue Adoption Center (5915 Lincoln Avenue). The special is valid on walk-ins only.

To learn more about Wright-Way Rescue and to see the adult dogs and cats in its care, please visit wright-wayrescue.or

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Wright-Way Rescue Offers FREE rabies vaccinations

Wright-Way Rescue will be offering free rabies vaccinations to those in need.

The rescue will be offering the free rabies vaccination Sunday, December 10 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at the Wright-Way Rescue Veterinary Clinic, located at 5915 Lincoln Avenue in Morton Grove.

The free vaccination will be offered to the first 200 dogs and cats at the event. Pet owners will need to purchase their pet’s rabies tag. Distemper vaccines, for both dogs and cats, can be added on for $15.

Wright-Way Rescue hopes to vaccinate dogs and cats in the community whose owners don't regularly seek or cannot afford annual rabies protection. However, the event is open to anyone whose dog does not have a current rabies vaccination.

"It's just important to our community," said Christy Anderson, Wright-Way Rescue’s founder. "This vaccination event is a great chance to provide the service to pet owners in need."  

Pets brought to the clinic for the vaccination event are required to be either on a leash or in a carrier. Vaccinations are offered upon walk-in only, and pets must be healthy to be vaccinated. Aggressive animals that cannot safely be handled or in the presence of other pets may be refused.

For more information about the rabies vaccination clinic, call Wright-Way Rescue at (847) 728-5434. For information on the clinic’s list of services during normal hours, please call or visit wright-wayrescue.org/vet

Wright-Way Rescue Offers 50% off Adult Adoption Fees for the "Fall in Love" Adoption Event

To celebrate the changing season, Wright-Way Rescue invites the public to “Fall in Love” with a new four-legged family member from Thursday, November 2 through Sunday, November 5.

In order to rescue more homeless dogs and cats, Wright-Way Rescue will be offering 50% off adoption fees for dogs and cats 6 months of age and older.

Adoption fees are regularly $385 for puppies (under 9 months of age), and $335 for adult dogs (9 months or older). Kittens are regularly $140 (under 9 months of age), and $125 for adult cats (9 months or older).

Our rescue is at capacity with dogs and cats looking for forever homes. We hope people will stop in to visit us this weekend and fall in love with a deserving adult dog or cat.

At shelters, adult dogs and cats are frequently overlooked and can be searching for new owners for extended periods. There are so many staff favorites here waiting for the perfect family to walk through the doors of our Adoption Center!

Wright-Way will be offering its Fall in Love Adoption Special at the Wright-Way Rescue Adoption Center (5915 Lincoln Avenue). The special is valid on walk-ins only.

Wright-Way Offers Cat Adoption Special

Morton Grove, Ill. —  Wright-Way Rescue is at capacity with felines and is in urgent need to find homes for them.

Due to the many felines in need of forever homes, Wright-Way Rescue will be offering discounted adoption fees for cats until Sunday, July 30. Adult cats (over 9 months of age) will be $25 to adopt, and kittens will be $75.

Across the country, shelters are inundated during “kitten season” with unwanted cats and kittens. These felines often turn up in large numbers at shelters and rescues, and Wright-Way Rescue is one of many reaching its limit. And because of the rescue’s no kill mission, it does not euthanize animals to make space for incoming animals.

“To keep saving more adult cats and kittens, we urgently need to find homes for the cats in our care. We simply cannot take in more felines because we are at capacity.” said Christy Anderson, Wright-Way Rescue’s founder. “We hope people will visit us this week to adopt a new friend.”

At shelters, adult cats are frequently overlooked and can be searching for new owners for extended periods. “There are so many adult and senior cats with amazing personalities looking for families,” said Anderson.

The organization will be offering its Cat Adoption Special at the Wright-Way Rescue Adoption Center (5915 Lincoln Avenue) now until Sunday, July 30. The special is valid on walk-ins only.

Kitten Shower held to help felines needing a home

Morton Grove, Ill. —  It’s that time of year again — when thousands of kittens are born and show up at the doors of shelters and rescues. Wright-Way Rescue is no different and has had many homeless kittens and cats enter its doors.

Due to the many felines in need of forever homes, Wright-Way Rescue is hosting its third annual Kitten Shower event Saturday, June 3rd. The rescue will accept donations, attempt to find homes for nearly 50 kittens and adult cats, and provide tours of the feline nursery.

Kittens aren’t the only ones needing help. At shelters, adult cats are frequently overlooked and can be searching for new owners for extended periods.

Wright-Way Rescue will host the event at its Adoption Center (5915 Lincoln Avenue) Saturday, June 3rd from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Donations will be accepted throughout the month of June during normal business hours. Items requested include paper towels, dry and canned kitten and cat food, unscented clumping cat litter, Royal Canin Baby Food, and kitten milk replacement (KMR) for bottle-fed kittens. The full list can be found on Wright-Way Rescue’s Amazon Wish List: http://amzn.to/1EW7B3w.

Those that would like to make a financial contribution to Wright-Way Rescue’s Kitten Shower fundraiser can do so here: http://bit.ly/2pg9Cf1

Guests will also be able to learn more about becoming a foster home for cats, kittens, and other pets in need. The rescue provides foster volunteers with all the supplies needed to care for homeless cats and kittens.  

Wright-Way Rescue to host annual 5K, picnic fundraiser

Niles, Ill. — Wright-Way Rescue, a no-kill shelter located in Morton Grove, will host its 6th annual Run for Rescue on Saturday, September 23. Run for Rescue will be held at Bunker Hill Forest Preserve in Niles.

The event features a dog-friendly walking and running 5K. Immediately following the race, Wright-Way will host its Reunion Picnic, an opportunity for adopters to reunite with littermates, staff and volunteers, and other families. The event will also have entertainment, kids games, dog activities, and prizes.

Run for Rescue is Wright-Way’s largest annual fundraiser and will enable the rescue to save the lives of nearly 5,000 animals. The event aims to raise funds for the nonprofit organization and to raise awareness of its animal rescue efforts. All proceeds from the event will support Wright-Way Rescue’s mission.

Run for Rescue offers on-site and off-site sponsorships for the event. For more information on becoming a sponsor, please email Chelsea Fahey at chelsea.fahey@wright-wayrescue.org. You can view the sponsorship packet here.

Pre-registration for the event is $35 until May 31 and will increase to $40 thereafter. Registration on the day of the race is $45. Children under 4 years old are free, and those 4-12 years old receive a discounted rate of $30.

Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. on September 23rd at Bunker Hill Forest Preserve - Grove 7, and the walk/run will begin at 10:00 a.m. Entrance to the Family Reunion Picnic is free, with a recommended donation of $10.

Guests can register online here.

Wright-Way Rescue offers vaccine clinics and spay/neuter surgeries


Morton Grove, Ill. — Wright-Way Rescue announces the relaunch of the Wright-Way Rescue Veterinary Clinic. The nonprofit clinic will provide affordable pet vaccinations, wellness services, and spay and neuter surgeries.

Beginning Sunday, February 5, Wright-Way Rescue will host its first Affordable Vaccination Clinic. The walk-in clinic will be held weekly, and services offered will include: canine and feline wellness packages, individual vaccinations, diagnostic testing, and parasite treatment and prevention. Affordable Vaccination Clinics will be held every Sunday from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

In addition to vaccination and wellness services, the Wright-Way Rescue Veterinary Clinic will also offer spay and neuter surgeries by appointment. Appointments may be made online.

All services are open to the pet-owning public. The clinic also offers discounted pricing for clients that can demonstrate financial need. The clinic will provide medical care for pets currently in Wright-Way’s adoption program as well.

“We’re proud to continue veterinary support beyond adoption,” says Christy Anderson, Executive Director and Founder. “By offering discounted services to pet owners that may need assistance or to other local rescues, it only helps further our mission in animal rescue.”

This will be Wright-Way Rescue’s second low-cost, nonprofit clinic in the State of Illinois. Wright-Way Rescue’s clinic TimberTrails Low-Cost Veterinary Services, located in southern Illinois, offers discounted services to those where animal overpopulation is much higher.

The clinic is located next to Wright-Way Rescue’s North Shore Adoption Center at 5915 Lincoln Avenue in Morton Grove. The Wright-Way Rescue Veterinary Clinic is open Sundays from 3:00-4:30 p.m. for Affordable Vaccination Clinic services and by appointment for spay and neuter surgeries.

For more information, please visit wright-wayrescue.org/vet.

#GivingTuesday Event Photos

Wright-Way Rescue loved seeing so many people come together to celebrate a day geared toward giving back and to honor our mission's lifesaving work.

It was a joy to see all of the smiling faces of past adopters, of our honorary rescues, of the woman who adopted a puppy during the event, and of the little girl from Make a Wish who's only wish this Christmas was for a puppy.

Guilianna, who was gifted a puppy on #GivingTuesday, has Shortgut Syndrome, a very rare disease. She chose a puppy named Blessing from Grace's litter and is keeping the name because her family says "that's what this puppy is to them."


With mounting medical bills, Guilianna's parents weren't sure how to pull it off. Wright-Way Rescue gifted the puppy, food and treats to the family. Wright-Way Rescue is also providing all of the puppy's routine veterinary care for the first year of life. 

The Petco Foundation has also offered this family a $500 shopping spree which will took place on December 11th to help get the family set up with their new addition. 

You can see her wonderful reaction through this Youtube link.

Thank you for being a part of a truly special night with Wright-Way Rescue! We couldn't continue our mission without supporters like you.

Thank you to Rob Baker for generously volunteering his time to photograph our #GivingTuesday event. You can view the photos below.

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Couldn't make our #GivingTuesday Celebration event, but you'd still like to make a donation? You can make your tax-deductible donation here.

Wright-Way Rescue takes part in #GivingTuesday


Morton Grove, Ill. — Wright-Way Rescue, a no-kill rescue located in Morton Grove, has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season for organizations like Wright-Way Rescue.

This year, Wright-Way Rescue will be celebrating the philanthropic holiday by hosting a Giving Tuesday event on November 29 at the Wright-Way Rescue’s North Shore Humane Center (5915 Lincoln Avenue). The nonprofit organization will be hosting its free event from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and the event will have snacks, beer and wine, raffles, and an animal meet and greet.

This year, Wright-Way Rescue’s #GivingTuesday campaign aims to raise $15,000 by honoring three of its recent rescues: Toby, Drexel, and Grace. The organization's goal will provide food and care to rescued animals, allow Wright-Way to travel all across the Midwest to save lives, and to provide resources like training and rehabilitation to help pets in need.

An anonymous angel donor will also be matching donations up to $1,000 (total) until the end of the event.

Giving Tuesday donors will help make pets healthy and happy by giving them the care they need, especially during the cold and busy holiday season.

“With so much focus on retail and cyber shopping, Giving Tuesday reminds us that the holidays shouldn’t just focus on discounts and deals. This time of year is also about giving back to causes that are dear to us,” said Christy Anderson, Wright-Way Rescue’s Founder and Executive Director. “We are excited to celebrate the animals already rescued and reach our fundraising goals for those that still need help.”

To donate to Wright-Way Rescue’s Giving Tuesday campaign or to learn more, please visit http://wright-wayrescue.org/givingtuesday

To RSVP to the event, please visit http://bit.ly/2fJ7zHz

About Wright-Way Rescue: Its mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program. It continues to save pets from rural animal control facilities where they are at a high risk of euthanasia, and instead offer them a second chance at a loving home in the Chicagoland area. To find out more about Wright-Way Rescue, visit http://wright-wayrescue.org.

About #GivingTuesday: #GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It creates an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. To learn more about #GivingTuesday, please visit: www.givingtuesday.org

Fees waived for dogs and cats at adoption event


Carbondale, Ill. —  Wright-Way Rescue is pleased to announce its partnership with WPSD Local 6 in its Clear the Shelters adoption event on Saturday, July 23. “Clear the Shelters” is an initiative by NBC-owned stations to help find homes for adoptable dogs and cats at local shelters and rescues.

The one-day adoption event comes at a very important time for Wright-Way Rescue as the organization has many adult canines and felines looking for families. Because of this, Wright-Way Rescue will waive adoption fees for dogs and cats 9 months and older.

Clear the Shelters will take place at Pure Pet at 2355 Sweets Drive in Carbondale. The hours of the event are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on July 23.

“Thousands of animals come through Wright-Way Rescue’s doors each year hoping to find loving, good homes,” said Christy Anderson, Wright-Way Rescue’s Executive Director and Founder. “Events like Clear the Shelters help us achieve our mission to give second chances to adoptable pets.”

In 2015, the nationwide initiative helped find nearly 20,000 pets homes, when some 400 animal shelters across the country partnered with NBC-owned television stations and the Telemundo station group.

Please call (618) 208-1509 or visit www.wright-wayrescue.org for more information.


Petco Foundation Invests In Lifesaving Work of Wright-Way Rescue

Grant of $15,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in the Midwest.

Morton Grove, Ill. –  Wright-Way Rescue of Morton Grove, today announced it has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its adoption program and to purchase a new transport vehicle.

Wright-Way Rescue is a nonprofit organization and its mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program.  The organization serves the Chicagoland and southern Illinois area. Since 2002, Wright-Way Rescue has placed nearly 25,000 dogs and cats in loving homes.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to purchase a new transport vehicle for the organization. Wright-Way Rescue volunteers travel 700 miles weekly from its Admissions and Medical Services Campus to its North Shore Humane Center to complete transports. This new vehicle will assist with the 36,400 miles driven a year to bring adoptable pets to the Chicagoland area.

“This grant will enable us to save even more animals, and we are so thankful to the Petco Foundation for choosing us as a recipient,” said Christy Anderson, Wright-Way Rescue's Executive Director and Founder.

For more information about Wright-Way Rescue or the Petco Foundation, visit wright-wayrescue.org or petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.



About Wright-Way Rescue

Wright-Way Rescue is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Its mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program. It continues to save pets from rural animal control facilities where they are at a high risk of euthanasia, and instead offer them a second chance at a loving home in the Chicagoland area. 

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $157 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 4.9 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.