Is It Time For A New Animal Rescue Group to Run the Evanston Animal Shelter?

In light of recent criticism of Community Animal Rescue Effort, or CARE, Patch asked local residents if it was time for a new group to help run the animal shelter.

Patch asks residents if a new group should come in to help run the Evanston Animal Shelter.
Patch asks residents if a new group should come in to help run the Evanston Animal Shelter.

There has been much discussion this winter around the Community Animal Rescue Effort or CARE, the volunteer animal rescue group that has helped the city run the Evanston Animal Shelter for the past 25 years.

Discussion about the group’s alleged mishandling of behavioral testing resulting in the euthanizing almost half of the unclaimed dogs in its care, an entrenched board of directors and questions over who controls a reported $1.3 million nest egg collected on behalf of the animal have resulted in questions whether CARE should continue to remain involved.

The Human Services Committee has directed city manager Wally Bobkiewicz to draft an agreement outlining the city’s expectations for a continued partnership with the animal rescue organization.

CARE, which has been working to “re-brand” itself, has held its ground, stating it was only carrying out city policies against adopting out "dangerous dogs." Now, volunteers must decide if they will stay or walk.

A special Human Services Committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 31, to review a draft of the agreement, before an unrelated special City Council meeting that same evening at 7 p.m.

Patch asked some local residents if they thought it was time for a new animal rescue group to run the Evanston Animal Shelter. Watch the video.

SEG March 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM
I have to agree with Robert, when adopting any animal there is a degree of risk. I could swear my dog would never ever bite a child but if he were teased or antagonized or you got too close to his food..well I couldn't promise anything. Parents need to teach their children how to approach or act around dogs and cats for that matter. You cant expect a dog whose food you just take away after being neglected to be passive about that. I agree with with Robert and I have a child. Thank you for writing what many of us think.
robert graham March 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM
@Michelle...I did once have small children, who by the way, became large children. We were never in a position to have a dog due to the nature of my occupation. We did adopt a cat when the children were infants but it was a very difficult process because the person handling the shelter adoptions insisted the cat would jump into the crib and suffocate the children. Now then, just a quick, equally irrelevant question for you - do you have any large dogs?
Erin Chrusciel March 17, 2014 at 01:09 PM
When people understand what they are doing even "mean" cats and dogs can turn around and become wonderful loving pets. I took in a feral cat from a woman that rescues cats in the city to see if I could socialize him. This poor animal had been severely abused, had cigarettes put out on him, starved, tail broken, he was very much not a fan of humans at all. Well after several months of patience and love this cat now is very friendly, outgoing and at peace with the rest of my cats. My point being that "good" dogs and cats can snap and "bad" dogs and cats in the properly trained and supported home can become the most loyal, loving companions
Michelle Rupley Demos March 17, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Just to be clear here, CARE DOES adopt dogs and cats to families with children. CARE does a thorough assessment to know if the dog or cat would be a good match for a family with children and age ranges. ALL families that I have worked with as an adoption counselor appreciate that CARE is careful when placing our dogs and cats with children. By the way, I have three young children who I have taught about behavior with our dog, regularly. Do they always listen, no, what kid does? That is why my husband and I both strongly agree that we want a dog that would pose MINIMAL risk to our children, and children who visit our home. We will not live in fear that our dog could bite one of our kids or one of friends. Period! Robert, I do have a 60 lb rescue dog.
SEG March 17, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Michelle you must be very special to have adopted a dog from CARE....many potential adopters have been put through the ringer and because of that go elsewhere. I think Robert will a agree with you about adopting an animal that was minimal risk... but what about the animals that need more time adjusting....that would be great pets given more time and effort but instead of giving more time and effort Evanston chooses to euthanize them. So if your 60lb rescue dog nipped at your child would you give him up?


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