Animal control centers, shelters, and rescues do vital work to help end animal homelessness. Without them, so many animals would never find their forever homes or get the care they need. Sadly, these centers and organizations are often under-funded, which makes it difficult for them to help as many animals as possible.

Recently, someone came across a pup near their home in the middle of the harsh Chicago winter. The dog, now named Arugula, was severely underweight, unable to stand, and wrapped in a urine-soaked blanket. Fortunately, One Tail at a Time was able to take her in and help her get the veterinary care that she so desperately needed.

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Arugula has been in and out of the hospital for surgeries and other types of treatment due to her severe state. Her state still isn’t fully stable, however, she’s gaining more strength and is out of the vet, back at her foster home. She has a long road to recovery ahead.

One Tail at a Time has already had to pay thousands of dollars in vet bills to cover Arugula’s care. Because they are a rescue, they are supported by generous donations from their supporters. Chicago Animal Care and Control is the only city-funded pound in Chicago. Out of Chicago’s 2020 $11.6 billion budget, Chicago Animal Care and Control only received around $7 million. Because of their low budget, they are disproportionately supported by animal shelters and charities. Chicago needs to allocate a bigger budget to animal care and control so they and other rescues can continue their admirable work.

While Arugula is an especially horrific case, she is just one of the thousands of dogs, cats, and other pets that will be abandoned or surrendered in Chicago this year. We need to ensure that animal rescuers have the resources that they need to save as many animals as possible.

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