December 2, 2010

Wes Memorial Fund Donations for the month of December

December is filled with special holidays for many different cultures. One common thread they all share, the love to give from the heart. IBR has been so blessed this year and holiday season from so many caring people. We've had the opportunity to save more dogs this year than ever before. We've learned so much from the horrible illnesses these dogs have suffered from. But we've also been fortunate to give a second chance to those with severe medical issues. To watch them heal and live once again. All because of you!

IBR would like to wish everyone the joyous celebration of your holiday and a New Year filled with wishes coming true.

Our Deepest Appreciation to the following people for their generous donations;
Anonymous-For Maks
i-Give online members-Thank you all for using i-Give for searches and buying through them.
The McGraw-Hill Companies-matching donation with Melissa Murphy
Mosaic Feathers & More
Otto's Cyclery
Tina Bach-Merry Christmas IBR
Jeffrey Barta-Save IBR
Lisa Bloss-Merry Christmas from Ashley & Scout
Chris Bradford-Save IBR
Nancy Bye--Contribution to To Save IBR
Terri L. Cheema-Contribution to To Save IBR
Eileen Crofts-Merry Christmas
Jaime Davis-Contribution to To Save IBR
James Davis
Lee DuSold
Anna Fliege-Contribution to Louis
Melissa Fronek-Thank you for saving our Butchy Boy! He is still happy and healthly celebrating his 10th B-Day
Mary Patrizi Gasik
Ann Haber
John Haber-A gift on behalf of Ann Haber
Kathy Headley-Contribution to Mandi and Sassy
Kathleen Hauer-Save IBR
John Hoffman
Lenny, Ellie and Howard
Kathleen Iwanyshyn-contribution for Louis
Denise Kerr
Maureen Koziol
Marissa Lawrence- Contribution for Maks
Mark Lerocca
Mary and Jean Loyd-Merry Christmas!
Carol Malik-Contribution to Louis
Tawny McBride-Contribution for Ella
Lee Miller
Mjelissa Murphy-Merry Christmas
Eric O'Brien
Mary O'Brien-Contribution to Mandi and Sassy
Douglas Pauschert-Save IBR
Mike, Libbie, and Charlyn Pelter-Praline wants to help more dogs find a happy home.
Kimberly Popa-On behalf of Joe and Hope Popa-Merry Christmas!
Nicolette Popa
Lynette Ranallo-Contribution to To Save IBR
Danielle Radtke
Gina Rubino-Contribution to Louis
Tom & Karen Scheidt
Wendy Schild-Merry Christmas IBR!
Marty Siegrist-Contribution to a Sweet HW+ Setter
Stephanie Spurrier-Contribution to Louis
Shannon Steffey
Tina-Merry Christmas IBR
Tom and Karen Scheidt-In loving memory of Clair and our new love, IBR adopted, Lynette
Tucker Straley
Fred Szponer-in the name of St. Charles Veterinary Clinic
Danielle Wojdyla-Save IBR
Robin Dillon-Contribution to To Save IBR with love of my heart, Jaeger.

Pelter Family-Praline wants to help more dogs find a happy home-

November 1, 2010

Wes Memorial Fund Donations for the month of November
While we enjoy a fest of fine food and good company that this month brings on Thanksgiving, we can't forget the dogs that wonder aimlessly through the streets looking for their next meal and a warm place to rest. Through the endless efforts of many dedicated animal control officers, volunteers, and kind hearted people, like yourselves, we, at Illinois Birddog Rescue, are able to offer them their meal and the warmth from a loving home to rest their weary bodies. We would like to give thanks to each and every one of you that has helped accomplish this task. Without your support and compassion, we wouldn't be in a position to provide this basic need that is so instrumental to their well being.

Our Deepest Appreciation to the following people for their generous donations;
Complete Pet Nutrition
Great Plains Pointer Rescue
Judy Besler-Contribution to Kensington
Carol A Brill-Save IBR
Kelli Cameron-Save IBR
Christy Carrano-Contribution to BOregard and Kensington-Save IBR
Jenifer Chance-Save IBR
Bryan Cleal-Contribution to BOregard
Barbara Davies-Save IBR
Jaime Davis-Save IBR
Elizabeth G Dempsey-Save IBR
Emily Demone
Matt Ellison-Contribution to Ragtime
Danelle Ericksen-Save IBR
Colleen Farning-Save IBR
Dolores Favorite & Aunt Eileen
Tom Favorite-Contribution to Kensington,Save IBR
Felicia Filippo-Save IBR
Don Fleming- contribution for Bo
Anna Fliege-Save IBR
Misty Franklin-Save IBR
D Greenwood-Contribution to Kensington
Kurt Hargarten-Save IBR
Kathi Hauer-Save IBR
Cindy Hermann-Save IBR
Greg Holden
Sarajean Howells-Save IBR
Laura Jones-Contribution to Mandi and Sassy
Enid Keiner-Save IBR
George Kelly-Save IBR
Sandi Klein
Maureen Koziol-Save IBR
Penny Lawyer-Save IBR
Cate Lindemann-Save IBR
Carol Malik-Save IBR
Tracy Mathis
Heather McCullough-Save IBR
Lee Miller
Melissa Murphy-Save IBR also A Sweet HW+ Setter
Douglas Pauschert-Save IBR
Joseph Popa-Save IBR
Jeri Predny-Save IBR
Yousria Salem-Save IBR
Tom and Karen Scheidt-Thanks for Lynette & keep helping those dogs!
Brett Schulze
Erik Simmons-Save IBR
LIZ SMITH-Contribution to Louis
James Singer-Save IBR
Pam Szponer
Kristy Zelewsky-Contribution to Kensington
Travis Zilch-Save IBR
Nicollette Popa-In memory of Charles Morrow on behalf of Joe and Hope Popa. The donation was made by Nick Jr., Nick, Mary, Nicki, Mike, Kim, Chrisy, Brian and all the nieces and nephews.

Dave Jones-In honor and special memories of Lily-now living in Minnesota. Always in our heart and thoughts. We miss you. (Due to health reasons, the family had to give Lilly a new home. IBR was happy to help find the perfect one.)

October 5, 2010

Wes Memorial Fund Donations for the month of October

brings "trick or treat" and our dogs are happy to oblige. They provide many tricks, some we've never seen before, and the treat is just knowing that they have a second chance of giving someone the special love only they can give. Without your generous support and compassion, this wouldn't happen. Thank you is such a small sentence, but it has such a big heartfelt

Our Deepest Appreciation to the following people for their generous donations;
Elizabeth Abbott-Contribution to Sugar Betsy Cindy Max
Gary Berg
Christy Carrano-Contribution to Mandi and Tamborine also Sugar Betsy Cindee & Max as well as Leland & Windsor and Sweet Myrna's Care plus Bonnie's Vetting and Kensignton
Dino DePasquale-Contribution to Sugar Betsy Cindy Max
Diane Erwin-Contribution to Kensington
Mary Jo Fairbanks
Tom Favorite-Contribution to Sugar Betsy Cindy Max
Anna Fliege-Contribution to Mandi and Tamborine also Sugar Betsy Cindy Max
Pamela Fenstermaker-Contribution to Kensington
Katharine Grider-Contribution to Kensington
Kurt Hargarten-Contribution to Sugar Betsy Cindy Max
Cindy Hermann-Contribution to Kensington
Emily Hommen-Contribution to Sugar Betsy Cindy Max
Jodi Jenkins
Debra Joy-Contribution to Kensington
Christine Lawrence & Sue West are Dash's Angels. These 2 woman saved him.
Carol Malik-Contribution to Sugar Betsy Cindy Max also To support Popcorn AKA Candy Corn and her partner in crime, Angela and not to forget Kensington and Contribution to Boregard
Kathryn Marcinak-Contribution to Kensington
Karen McAdams-Contribution to Mandi and Tamborine
Lee Miller
Melissa Murphy-Contribution to Kensington
Doug Pauschert-Contribution to Sugar Betsy Cindy Max also Kensington
Eric Rittenhouse
Tom Scheidt-Thanks for Lynette & keep helping those dogs!
Marcia Stahl-Contribution to Leland & Windsor
Pamela Szponer
Nikki Tabony-Contribution to Kensington
Tiffany Vernon-Vetting for Murphy
Gwen Washburn
Kristy L Zelewsky-Contribution to Sugar Betsy Cindy Max
Dr. Mark Appleby-loves Pointers. His girls, Bess: Black&White Casey-Mae (our rescue): Liver and white
Kathi Hauer-Contribution to Sugar Betsy Cindy Max in honor of left to right: Zinser, Rio, & Sunny

September 11, 2010

Wes Memorial Fund Donations for the month of September
Labor Day is thought of as the working man's holiday. Illinois Birddog Rescue doesn't get the day off. We work very hard each and every day, 24/7, to ensure the safety and well being of all the dogs that we are capable of helping. We have you to thank for this. Without your generous donations, we suspect that this holiday wouldn't be one of cheer, but one of fear. Fear that we didn't do all we could to help those in need. Thank you for believing in us and our cause.

Our Deepest Appreciation to the following people for their generous donations;
Karen Aamotsbakken-In honor of Duncan--my Kentucky-found, saved-by-IBR setter
Elizabeth Abbott-For sweet old Homer
Jeffrey Barta-Contribution to Bonnie's Vetting,Sweet Myrna's Care and Sugar Betsy Cindy Max
Kelli Cameron-Contribution to Leland & Windsor
John Conto-For Cindy in Kentucky
Christy Carrano-Contribution to Sugar, Betsy, Cindy, Max
Jaime Davis-Contribution to Myrna's Care
Susan DePasquale-Food Donation :o)
Susan Depner
Lee Dusold
Colleen Farning-In honor of Calvin Doodle - our beloved pointer rescued by IBR
Thomas Favorite-Contribution to Bonnie's Vetting
Anna L. Fliege-With thanks from Fletcher & Georg
Linda Graziano-For Max the orange & white Setter from Jamie the orange & white Setter
Kathi Hauer-Our bird dog family thanks you!!
Noreen Heyde
Greg Holden
Debra Joy
Sally Knapp-Contribution to Leland & Windsor
Michele Mack-In honor of Lucky and Dune - masters of unconditional love!
Carol Malik-Contribution to Leland & Windsor
Shannon McGarity-Contribution to Leland & Windsor
Lee Miller
Melissa Murphy-Contribution to Sugar Betsy Cindy Max& Sweet Myrna's care
Linda Nelson-Use this however you need most!
Stephanie Franchini-Osberg-Contribution to Bonnie's Vetting
Kathleen S Priestley-Contribution to Sugar, Betsy, Cindy, Max
Lynette Ranallo-Contribution to Sweet Myrna's Care
Erik Rittenhouse
Tom and Karen Scheidt-Please keep helping those dogs!
Tammy and John Scott-In honor of our wonderful IBR dogs King Arthur and Mulberry!
Elizabeth Stephens Donation to help send Petey to the Nationals.
Meghann Thomas
Dean Turner-Contribution to Sugar Betsy Cindy Max
Mike & Steph Ward-With love from Ellie!
Nancy Witzigreuter-For Leland's care

Ann Haber (adopted)Abby,Sky,Jack,Morgan
Jim Crawford adopted Chauncey aka Jimmy Choo
Sonya Hene in honor of her handsome adopted Irish Setter, Addison formerly Flynn.

August 23, 2010

Wes Memorial Fund Donations for the month of August

Our Deepest Appreciation to the following people for their generous donations;
Anonymous donation for Polki-Dot in memory of Zoe
Dogenes Inc. donation for Myrna's care
Jaime Davis donation for Ravenna KY Urgent Momma and Puppy Super Mutts
Dino and Sue DePasquale donation for Ravenna KY Urgent Momma and Puppy Super Mutts
Lee Dusold for Radar and Gracie Support
Susan Herrmann donation for Myrna's care
Greg Holden donation for Bonnie's care
Sharon Hohl
Noreen Heyde-vet bill for Mandolin
Lori Jones In honor of Lily
Kristina Krumdick
Johnny Langdale
Brittany Lockwood
Kathryn Marcinak Kate & Sweet Pea wishing the best to IBR :)
Yukiko McFaling donation for Donneigh and Kimberley
Lee Miller
Eric Osberg donation for Bonnie Lynn Raitt care
Thomas Scheidt
Fred Szponer donation for Bonnie Lynn Raitt care
Christy and Otto Carrano of Otto's Cyclery in memory of their adopted Pike (GSP), who lived a great life of 15 years.

July 1, 2010

Wes Memorial Fund Donations for the month of July
The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by Congress on July 4th, 1776, states in part, “All men are created equal”; they enjoy “unalienable Rights” these rights include “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Illinois Birddog Rescue believes "Freedom" from neglect and abuse plus the "Independence" from cruelty are "unalienable Rights" given to all creatures. Without your generous donations, we would not be in a position to ensure "Life, Liberty, or the pursuit of Happiness" that over 800 dogs have come to know. Thank each and everyone of you for your belief in us.

Our Deepest Appreciation to the following people for their generous donations;
Allstate Giving Champaign
Anonymous donation
Laura Alfieri
7/28/2010 I'd like 35 raffle tickets for the bench
Christina Bach and Kathy Sorich made a donation in memory of Jania Ekstowicz.
Christy Carrano
Jaime Davis
Nancy Hahn,Jim Holland and their adopoted dog,Dusty to celebrate Dawn Hahn's birthday
The Hansen family in gratitude for saving Rosey
Rebecca La Verne
Lee Miller
Melissa Murphy
L Nelson
Orange & Blue Distributing Co.
Tom and Karen Scheidt

June 13, 2010

Wes Memorial Fund Donations for the month of June

The beginning of warmer days. Vacations with family. Long walks on a summer's eve with your beloved

IBR hopes that all of this comes true for the many dogs that are waiting in the wings for someone to share their love of the great outdoors with. We hope that through our devotion to bring in the strays, abandoned, and forgotten's and help them heal from their past, that their future with you will be a blessing for both of you. Through your help and continued belief in our program, we will continue to make happy dogs and try our best to also give them healthy days ahead.

Our Deepest Appreciation to the following people for their generous donations;
Pepsico Foundation
Stacy Bailey
The Bytner Family Thanks for all your help IBR
Jaime Davis Get well soon, Ollie!
Dino & Susan Depasquale
Dawn Hahn From all the Hahn's to Ollie...and our prayers...
The Malcor Family
Eduardo Matos
Lee Miller
Erik Rittenhouse
The Scheidt Family Thank you a million times for Lynette
Marcia Stahl For any dog because of reading about Ollie
Justine Vanderleun

Oliie is one of many special dogs in our care. Through generous donations, Ollie will continue to receive his much needed help. Thank you, Jaime Davis, Dawn Hawn and Marcis Stahl.

May 8, 2010

Wes Memorial Fund Donations for the month of May

Beginnings, where Mother Nature awakens the flowers into beautiful blossoms. We would like to think we do the same. By giving the scared and frightened, the sick and the old, a chance to bloom into a confident dog once again. Without your generous donations, we couldn't accomplish this. Thank you, from all of us.

Our Deepest Appreciation to the following people for their generous donations;
GE Foundation Matching Gift Program
Laura Cosenza-We love our Casey (a/k/a Angelina)
Mary Jo Fairbanks
Doug Pauschert and Pam Gale
The Gasik Family
Bob Riggin- thanks for helping Rio
Erik Rittenhouse
the Saam Family
Tom & Karen Scheidt-Thanks so much for the best dog IBR ever adopted out- Lynette.
Wendy Schild
The Siegenfeld Family
Ann Haber and Sky(rescued from Mexico,Left ),and Abby(rescued from the pound, Right), Jack (rescued from the desert in Tucson), Morgan (rescued from the desert in Tucson)

April 2, 2010

Wes Memorial Fund Donations for the month of April

Cleaning. Known for throwing away the old and used. Unfortunately, many people think dogs are in that category as well. With the dedication and devotion from people like you, we can save, nurture, and love these, so-called throw-aways, and give them back their self worth and reap their love in return.

Our Deepest Appreciation to the following people for their generous donations;
Identity Sign and Lighting, Inc.
The Bytner Family
Jaime Davis
The Depasquale Family
Lee Dusold
The Gasik family
Dawn Hahn
The Harris family
Stacy Hunt-For Jules Hunt Test
Linda Iwanski
Rebekah Klarr-I love Bird dogs!
Carrie Lover donation for Homer
The Malcor Family
Lee Miller
The Milnamow Family
The Nelson Family
Karen&Tom Scheidt
Jody Shapiro donation for Ollies medical care
Carrie & Eric Stiefvater-God Bless You and all the love you bring to these wonderful dogs!

Rob & Carla Ingraham-For Duckie: We drove you to IBR's loving arms and IBR drove precious Coach to ours!
Maureen Koziol and family in memory of her beloved adopted Riley

They will not go quietly,
the pets who've shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.
Old habits still can make us
think we hear them at the door
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts belongs to them...
and always will. Anonymous

We will always love you and are dearly missed every day.

March 1, 2010

Wes Memorial Fund Donations for the month of March

The month known for the

shamrock. The dogs we are able to rescue are truly the lucky ones, to have people who care about someone they never met or will most likely ever meet. IBR finds the 4 leaf clover's good fortune every day, week and month, when we are able to help yet another dog in need and so grateful to you for helping us accomplish this. Hopefully, the luck of the shamrock continues for them in finding their fur-ever homes. Thank you!

Our Deepest Appreciation to the following people for their generous donations;
All Things Woof and Meow Too, Inc.
Danica Barreau
Jan Burroughs
Christy and Otto Carrano of Otto's Cyclery
Emily Clark
Laura & Tim Flanagan donation for Ophelia
Deanna Gibbs
Dawn Hahn
Sarajean Howells donation for Harmony
Richard Johns for harmony's vetting
Jean& Steven Page
Eric Rittenhouse
Karen&Tom Scheidt
Amy & Brett Straley in honor of Tucker's (aka Chuck) 1st Birthday.

February 1, 2010

Wes Memorial Fund Donations for the month of February
February is known for the Love between one another. Illinois Birddog Rescue and the foster homes that care for the lucky ones that get a second chance have you, the donor, to be grateful towards. We can love them, care for them and prepare them for their furever homes, but NOT without you. From the bottom of our hearts, we are so thankful for your compassion and love for our dogs in need and believing in us enough to open your hearts to help us.

This month is also the 3 year anniversary sadly, for the heart and soul of IBR, Westleigh. Without him and the passion he exhibited on a daily basis, other dog's futures may have been very different. Wes was a strong and stunning English Pointer that had the determination it took to exceed in whatever was put in front of him. He fought a strong battle that just was against all odds, but as this Memorial in his honor continues, it exemplifies the strength and will that all our dogs come to us with, NEVER GIVE UP. As long as there are dogs out there that won't give up, either will we and hope that you too, continue to believe, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Note by Donation Coordinator:
For all the Amy's, Angela's, and Michelle's who bond with a dog they never even considered getting, really exhibits the true animal lover in all of us (see Tucker and Ben's donation below). We can see their soul through the eyes of the lonely, confused, and scared creature behind the cold steel bars. We can hear the unspoken words that they convey through their eyes and have a piercing arrow straight into our hearts.

Cupid is not just a February icon, but one that lives throughout the year. For those that are fortunate enough to reach people like the Amy's and Michelle's of the world, are truly the blessed ones that get adopted and loved for eternity. Sometimes our expectations of eternity is far less than what the meaning has in store for us, but they have come to us with a purpose from their Creator and when their assignment has been completed, it's time to move on to help others.

Waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for us to once again be reunited, but in the waiting moments of time, we are reminded that their purpose of touching our lives was to show us that we can help so many more in need. That the memories will always be there. The Love will never fade. That the power of that love can touch so many, which is so unexpected.

They're brought to us on Special Assignment. They have, as will others, continue to do their tasks beyond the conscious knowledge of the humans they touch. As shown through the donations made in their memory, one can sense the importance of their being and the love they brought to so many. They are just ones of thousands that touch people with loving tender hearts, but no more important as the ones we can't save.

IBR and the many other rescues and shelters out there struggle ever day to make a difference. But it really does come down to You, the donor, who believe animals, whether it be dogs, cats, horses, etc., do deserve to be treated with respect, not abuse or neglect. With heartfelt gratitude, we honor You through our Blog, for helping and giving the ones without a voice a second chance.


Our Deepest Appreciation to the following people for their generous donations;
Margaret Baykowski in memory of Tucker
Jamie Davis
Mr & Mrs.Dempsey in loving memory of their daughter's love, Tucker.
Sarah Dempsey - In memory of Tucker
Ted, Julie & Kahlin Dempsey - In memory of Amy Dempsey's beloved Tucker.
The Hahn Family - Please help the sick,and homeless find their FOREVER.
The Jones Family for Lily
Maureen Koziol
Gerald Miller
Marsha Putt
Thomas and Karen Scheidt - Keep up the Great work.
Rob & Jennifer Scott - In memory of Amy's Tucker, a special soul who our 2 year old daughter loved to pieces. We did too!
Angela Snell - In loving memory of our boy, Ripley.
The Straley Family
All the Foster Families and Volunteers that open their homes and give their time to ensure the safety and care for our dogs in rescue. Thank you for all you do.
Christy and Otto Carrano of Otto's Cyclery donation in memory of Haley

Amy Dempsey in loving memory of her beloved Tucker. "When Tucker and I found each other back in April, 1998- he had been discarded at an animal shelter. He had 100's of bird shot pellets lodged all over his body. I hadn't even thought about getting a dog and then one day I just found myself there, standing in front of his cage. I'm not a religious person, but I can't help but believe that something bigger than myself brought us together. He was everything to me and it makes me feel good to try and help someone who is so dedicated to helping other "discarded" dogs."
Maddie, Tucker and family =============================================
Michelle Fuentes has made a donation in honor of her beloved Ben who is waiting at the Bridge.

In memory of Benjamin (Ben Ben) Fuentes
June 11, 1998 – July 17, 2009

"Ben, our yellow lab came into our lives when he was four months old. In the early years he was a little terror and seemed to get into lots of trouble. Ben had some little quirks about him, but we managed to adjust to them. Soon he grew into the most lovable, devoted and loyal dog. I will never forget those big brown eyes and his famous bulldogging ways. We were deeply saddened when he had to leave us here, but we know his brother Spot would be at the gates of heaven happily waiting to show Ben the way. Ben and Spot once more together again running, playing through endless green fields. Mom, Dad and Alley (sister) think of him everyday! We know he’s healthy, happy and running with the big dogs! Our Ben Ben will forever be in our hearts."

Mommy, Daddy & Alley Fuentes

January 1, 2010

Wes Memorial Fund Donations for the month of January
January brings in a New Year and new resolutions/goals. IBR's resolution doesn't change from year to year. It's to help all dogs possible, educate the public on the importance of spay/neutering and the preventive ways to fight against heartworm and tick borne illnesses. We will continue our quest to find answers to how and why some dogs suffer more than others, when infected with these illnesses, and hope that our commitment will make a difference. Through your support and belief in our causes, we can move forward towards this year's goals. We would like to thank those that are committed as we, in helping our rescued friends, through your generous donation.

Our Deepest Appreciation to the following people for their generous donations;
Debora Elder for Oliver's vetting
Jaime Davis-For Duckie, Fannie Mae & her pups, & all the other sweet souls IBR is helping.
Carla L Guyer
Identity Sign & Lighting, Inc.
Pat & Art Malcor
Ed Martin
Lee Miller
Steve Morgan
Mr. & Mrs. Casey Morris adopted Peanut
Lindsey Rogers
Tom & Karen Scheidt-In memory of Claire and in thanks for Lynette.
Natalie Ward
End of the Leash Pet Store in Mukwonago,WI has donated food for our rescues over the year and IBR would like to give a BIG ROO to them for their generosity. It truly is a blessing that many of our dogs benefit from.
Nancy Haynes-My new rescue Gordon and I would like to help Rory. Rory pictured here
Sonya Hene adopted Flynn (aka Addison)