Who we are…

A Tail of 4 Paws Animal Rescue is a foster based rescue formed in August 2015 by great friends having the same goal; placing unwanted, homeless dogs with loving, caring people.  Anne & Sue met volunteering for a local animal rescue and knew that one day we wanted to start our own rescue. While volunteering, we had met some amazing people who we now call friends and fosters that supported our vision.

Our new rescue has a 501(c)3 status with the IRS, and is approved with the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  Additionally, the organization is 100% run by volunteers. We rescue within the state of Illinois focusing on Animal Controls in Southern Illinois as well as locally. Once the dogs are evaluated and matched to an approved, loving foster home, we transport them approximately 6 hours to the Romeoville area.

The first stop on the dog’s journey to their forever home is a bath. This is the first chance we all have to bond with the dogs. Then they are taken to the vet, where they are given a full exam, Rabies vaccine, DHPP vaccine, bordatella, heartworm check, fecal check, and microchip. Our dogs are also put on heartworm preventative and flea/tick medication. All dogs are spayed or neutered and if needed, receive other medically necessary veterinary care(ex: surgery, treatments, etc). After the dogs are vetted our dogs are next paced in a foster home where they get acclimated to living in a home environment and their personalities emerge and are evaluated.  Our foster homes learn about each dog’s own personalities as well as training the dogs to become family pets. We work with dogs on house training, crate training,basic commands, and work on negative behaviors.

Once our dogs are adopted they and their new family become part of our rescue family. We stay in close contact as a resource for the adopter as well as share in the joys of watching their new family member thrive in the new
environment.

It’s been very exciting having our fosters become adopters and our adopters become fosters. We have become a very close knit family and support system.

Our Executive Board of Directors are:
Anne Briscoe, President (Trainer/Animal Behaviorist)
Sue Parse, Secretary (Medical, Foster Care Coordinator)

Our Rescue Board Members:
Laura Ooms – Adoption Events
Hilary Vaughan – Grant Research
Dennisa Walker – Fundraising