Help walk a shelter dog in
a Chicago-land park!
We want to make it easy and fun for you, your friends, family and neighbors to save lives simply by walking a shelter dog.
Not only can your time commitment be minimal but we also will make it as easy as possible for you to sign-up. We believe together with your help we can and will save more lives.
Every dog walker who participates in the FosterShare Parks Program will quite literally be on the front lines, acting as a walking promotion for your shelter dog helping them find their FOSTER or FOREVER home on the spot!
Join our dog force in your community, and save lives
with us one walk at a time! Your walk matters.
Every day shelters across the nation euthanize hundreds of thousands of animals because they don't have space. Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter the shelter system each year in the USA. Approximately 1.3 million are euthanized.
Chicago has two open admissions shelters, which means they take in every animal that is surrendered by their owner or picked up as a stray found on the streets. Chicago Animal Care and Control alone helps anywhere between 16-20,000 homeless animals and only has about 225 kennel spaces for housing. Shelter dogs are lucky if they get 2 walks a day.
Even the best managed and kept shelters are extremely stressful and isolating for dogs that often times become depressed and very anxious.
To increase the number of foster & adoptions for mid-large sized dogs
To help provide different network exposure to shelter dogs
To make it easy & convenient for people to walk dogs
How It Works?
We recruit dog lovers, like you to sign-up to walk.
You will receive an email to sign-up for a slot. We also post walking slots in our Facebook FosterShare group. They go fast, so be sure to sign-up A.S.A.P!
You check-in at the park and check out your dog.
You have fun and help your shelter dog get exercise and find their foster or forever home! Yay!
South Suburban Humane Society will be our partner for our Summer, 2020 program in the park. Their mission is finding homes and providing resources for pets in Chicago's South Suburbs and Northwest Indiana for 50 years. South Suburban Humane Society is crucial to helping with homeless animals in the Southern parts of Chicago and Northwest Indiana.
We are partnering with South Suburban
Humane Society because their proximity to the first park, Mt. Greenwood and also because of their progressive leadership towards life saving.
In the future we will be partnering with other shelters that need our help and choosing them based on location of parks we
will be in.
Enrichment, exercise, love and attention, getting out of their kennel
Exposure to a larger network of potential adopters and fosters
Increases the chance of them being fostered or adopted sooner
Make a significant difference in the life of a homeless dog without the commitments of fostering or adopting
Help raise awareness around pet homelessness and promote empathy for animals in your neighborhood
Convenient and easy for you to sign up and get involved in close proximity to your own location
Increase their number of foster homes
Increase their number of adopters
Creates exposure and brand awareness for the shelter
Providing the shelter with information about the dog to potential adopters once the dog goes back
Want To Bring This Program To
Your Neighborhood Park ?
A $199 gift will contribute to purchasing a van to transport more dogs to more parks
A $99 gift will contribute to the cost of pup-up hubs to run the program in more parks
A $15 gift buys a harness for a shelter dog to participate in the program
A $12 gift buys a "adopt me" bandanna for a shelter dog to participate in the program
A $10 gift buys a shelter dog a leash to participate in the program
A $5 gift buys a collar for a shelter dog to participate in the program
The more dog walkers (you all) we have, the more walks we can give shelter dogs that need them, the more fosters homes we will get, the more dogs we will find forever homes, the more shelters we can help, the more lives we can save!
We hope you walk with us and join us in saving lives, one walk at a time.