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Philanthropic Friday: One Tail at a Time

By March 2, 2018 March 15th, 2021 No Comments

This month’s Philanthropic Friday is dedicated to our friends at One Tail at a Time (OTAT). As many of our readers may already know, our office is inside the One Tail at a Time Adoption Center in Bucktown. From our headquarters, we get to see first-hand the work and dedication their staff and volunteers put into saving lives.

There is no question that the people who run OTAT are some of the hardest working and most dedicated people we’ve seen. And not only are they just saving dogs, OTAT spearheads CRISP, an intervention program that diverts dogs from going into the city pound by placing them directly in rescue, and Community Pet Day, where lower socio-economic areas are treated with free spay/neuter clinics and on-site vet care.

In 2017, this group rescued over 500 dogs, and they are on track to rescue a lot more this year. With plans to open a new facility to house the flu-exposed dogs coming out of the city shelter, they will be able to rescue, treat and rehabilitate more dogs than ever.

How can you help? There are several ways.

Become a Foster
Fostering literally saves lives. Bringing a dog in for a short stint allows a pup a quick place to crash while they receive veterinary treatment, and they can begin to learn to live in a safe and healthy home. One Tail asks fosters to hold on to a dog for a week or two so they can ensure the dog is healthy and ready to move into a permanent home. Opening up your home to fostering saves a life at a time, and it’s an extremely rewarding experience knowing you are helping to bring a dog and their new family together.

If you’re interested in fostering for OTAT, contact or

One Tail at a Time relies heavily on their volunteers. Volunteers come into the adoption center to take dogs out for potty, play and socialize. They also head up adoption events, run marathons for the organization, transport pups to and from the vet, take dogs out for adventures and so, so much more. When you’re volunteering with OTAT, you’re joining a group of like-minded, supportive and fun individuals.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Jennifer at to get added to One Tail’s mailing list so you know when the next orientation will be.

Let’s face it, groups like OTAT cannot exist without the donations of generous individuals. Financial gifts allow for a dog’s spay/neutering, preventative vet treatments, housing and feeding, extended training, outreach programs, and so much for dogs in need.

What your donation can do:
$25 means no more matted fur or itchy fleas.
$50 fills a belly with healthy nutrition for a full month.
$100 vaccinates a newly rescued pup, possibly for the first time ever.
$250 helps treat more complex medical cases like pneumonia and heartworm.
$500 provides dental surgery for a neglected senior or puppy mill dog.
If you’re interested in donating, please go to One Tail’s website and donate here. One Tail at a Time is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Other ways you can help:
• Tell Your Friends
• Become a Monthly Member for $10/mo
• Like One Tail on Facebook
• Follow One Tail on Instagram
• Attend events
• Get involved!

We will be bringing you our Philanthropic Friday feature once a month to introduce you to the several amazing animal rescue groups in our city. If there is a rescue group you’d like to see featured, please reach out to us at



Dana earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 2001 and soon after started Chicago Pet Sitters. Today, she runs Chicago Pet Sitters with the help of her pups and an amazing group of dog walkers and pet sitters!