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Jacquelyn Potwin Shares her Experience at Alive Rescue

October 4, 2016

Last Monday, I was honored to be a part of a special day for Alive Rescue – a local non-profit dedicated to saving, rehabilitating and placing abandoned, abused and stray animals. I have volunteered at Alive Rescue over the past couple of years and on September 19th, Alive transformed their adoption center into a Special Isolation Center for animals exposed to canine influenza. In one day, we pulled 11 dogs from animal control and gave them a second chance at a bright, healthy and loving future. Kristin, founder of the Alive Rescue, has dedicated her life to rescuing dogs and cats that are at risk for euthanasia in Chicago open access shelters. When the canine influenza hit our shelters, Kristin had to re-think how they rescued due to the highly contagious nature of the CI. Now, with their local adoption center serving as a Special Isolation Center these animals have a safe haven to get healthy and a second chance at finding a forever home.


It was an emotional day and one that I will not forget. My buddy that I spent the day with is Chutzpah. He came to us covered in feces and in desperate need of love and care. I took him from animal control, to the vet, to the Alive Rescue Special Isolation Center where he is currently recovering from a severe case of pneumonia. His sweet disposition and soulful eyes have touched my heart and I will be celebrating with him the day he meets his forever family.


Alive is an incredible organization that is dedicated to helping animals in Chicago. If you would like to donate, volunteer and/or follow their journey, please visit to learn more.

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