meloface After 15 years and thousands of dogs saved, there is still nothing to prepare us for the terror we feel when one of the pups is in trouble.  In the course of two days, sweet Melo went from being an apparently happy, healthy little puppy with a loving foster home to being in desperate need of emergency surgery to save his life.  An hour after dropping him off for his scheduled neuter surgery, we got a call that had our hearts in our throats –  little Melo was suddenly and inexplicably paralyzed, unable to stand.  We raced him to our regular vet. X-rays and blood tests revealed nothing abnormal. Beyond confused and worried beyond belief, we transferred this little guy to the emergency center, where a neurologist did some additional imaging and finally identified the problem – a rare and devastating genetic condition called atlantoaxial subluxation. Poor Melo was born missing a vital bone in his neck, which left him vulnerable to sudden paralysis with any twist, turn, or jump.  To save his mobility and life, Melo will need neurosurgery – with a $6,500 price tag.  We know it’s a HUGE undertaking, and that it’s a lot to ask of our amazing community of dog lovers.  But we truly believe that every dog deserves the chance to live a happy, loved life. Like every dog who comes through our doors, we are committed to making sure Melo receives the care he needs to have that chance.  Unfortunately, because he is so small, he is not able to undergo the procedure until he is 6 months old, as his bones need to be mature enough to accommodate the surgery.  Until then, Melo will need wear a doggie neck brace to keep him stable and
safe until he’s strong enough for surgery.  This precious baby is only four months old, with a whole life ahead of him. Please, help us give him the life-saving care he needs – make a donation today!

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Volunteer Information


Volunteers are the backbone of Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation. We depend on volunteers like YOU to make our mission come to life! We are always looking for more volunteers. And the best part…you can volunteer as it fits your schedule and devote as much or little time as you want. No need to commit a certain day or time every week…unless you want to.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the following:

  • Adoption Events: Dog Handler and Transporter
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