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Tender Loving Care Animal Shelter: Week 17’s Touchdown For Tails Chicagoland Animal Organization Of The Week

When the Bears win, so does our featured animal organization of the week! Each week, we’ll feature a new Chicagoland animal rescue partner with whom we’ll team up. Whatever the amount, all donations (both time and money) are welcome. This week’s featured rescue is Tender Loving Care Animal Shelter

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The Chicago Bears were back to their winning ways on Christmas Eve as they knocked off the struggling Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field by a score of 27-16. With just two games remaining in the regular season, Chicago will look to finish the season on a high note. That’ll start against the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday at home. With jobs hanging in the balance and a busy off-season ahead, the picture is starting to become more clear. Can the Bears’ late-season push for more wins be another victory for Week 17’s featured rescue Tender Loving Care Animal Shelter? We sure hope so!

As always, here’s a breakdown of how Touchdown For Tails will work.

Each week, we will be featuring a new rescue. Within that week, you’ll have a few options to “bet” on. Now, when I say bet, what I really mean is, how much you’re willing to donate to the featured animal rescue organization of the week. Here’s how it’ll work.

  1. A Chicago Bears win = $25 donation
  2. Three-to-five Prop Bets: Hitting on the prop = $10 donation. Missing on the prop= $5

Ultimately, what I would like to do is make the Bears winning on the field as rewarding to our featured rescues as possible! Those of you who donate nine (or more) times throughout the season will be entered into a drawing at the end of the season to win a Chicago Bears Nike “Game” Jersey. The player and sizing will be of your choice. For each Chicago Bears win, I will personally donate $25. I will also choose one prop bet (brought to you by Draft Kings) that I will also “bet” on.

The ultimate goal of this is to get Bears fans more involved with the community around them. Football season is already the best time of year, so why not make it a little better by helping become a solution to a growing problem around the country? Every single dollar donated on a weekly basis will go directly to that featured rescue.

Week 17 “Things to bet on” (Brought to you by DraftKings)

Game: Chicago Bears (-3) over Atlanta Falcons (+3) ($25 donation if the Bears win)

Non-Bettors “Bets”:

  1. QB Justin Fields over 50 rushing yards. ($10 donation if you win. $5 if you lose.)
  2. Bears defense to give up less than 17 points. ($10 donation if you win. $5 if you lose.)

Prop Bets:

  1. Bears total team points over/under (19.5): Over (-122)/Under (+102)
  2. Race to 20 points: Bears (+120)/ Falcons (+125)/ Neither (+260)
  3. Game to go to overtime: Yes (+1200)/ No (-10000)

Touchdown For Tails Week 17 Animal Organization of the Week: TLC Animal Shelter

Contact: 13016 West 151st Street Homer Glen IL 60491


Where To Donate:

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When jumping on their websites, one of the first thing that stands out is that they have saved over 100,000 animal lives since forming their organization in 1974. For them, simply taking in animals isn’t enough. For more on their mission and how they operate, here’s a snippet from their website.

“The Tender Loving Care Animal Shelter, more often referred to as T.L.C., has been in operation since April first, 1974. Although there were animal control programs set up by county and local government bodies, as a group of concerned animal lovers we felt that this was not enough. Just getting stray animals off the streets and disposing of them was not the answer to the overwhelming animal problem that is out there. Concerned about the welfare of these animals, T.L.C. was formed. T.L.C. has served the community as a private, non-profit, humane society, dedicated to the prevention of abuse, neglect, and cruelty to animals. The shelter provides refuge for an average of three to four thousand animals yearly.At first we rented a building, about a mile from our present location, to shelter animals in need. The building wasn’t anything to brag about, but it did serve an important need, by allowing us to provide those animals a place where they were able to receive food, warmth, and the care they needed, until we were able to find loving homes for them. Then a few years later, through the hard work, dedication, and generosity of T.L.C.’s many friends, we were able to build a new facility, which would become T.L.C.’s permanent home. T.L.C. has also been an important force in helping to get various humane legislation enacted. The shelter has provided educational programs on animal care and problems, for schools, scout groups, kennel clubs, etc. So much of the animal problem stems from ignorance, a lack of awareness, or lack of concern about the crisis animals face. We are trying to rectify this situation by making the public more aware of how severe the problems are, and what they can actively do to help change it. We actively promote spaying and neutering of pets, in an effort to help curb, and we hope someday soon, end this terrible animal overpopulation problem. Puppies and kittens are cute, but the sad truth is, there are not enough homes for them all. In this area alone, thousands of animals are destroyed each year for lack of homes, and across the United States, the numbers soar to over 15 million! We are fighting to do something about this terrible tragedy.

But we need your help. Won’t you please help us help them?

We cannot accomplish all of this without your support. T.L.C. is run solely on contributions, and raising the money to care for these animals has become the biggest challenge the shelter has ever had to meet. We have been able to shelter thousands of animals throughout the years, but it seems with each passing year, the cost to help these animals keeps skyrocketing. Food, medication, utilities, etc., keep going up each year, but the shelter’s income has not increased at the same rate, to keep up with all these bills. We do not want to curtail any of the shelter’s programs or be forced into turning animals away because we do not have the money to care for them. T.L.C. is not funded by any state, county, or local municipality, all the money to care for these animals comes from contributions. T.L.C. has been able to help a multitude of animals throughout the years, but there are still many more that are in need of our help. We cannot do it alone.”

As always, there are many ways to get involved. For more ways to learn how you can help, please visit their website to find ways to support this great organization!

Featured Pets Of The Week

Please note that all animal bios are taken directly from the featured rescue’s website. These bios are put together by the animal’s current foster or someone with knowledge of each animal within the organization. For more information on a specific pet, please reach out to the rescue directly. For more information on their adoption, please visit

LENNY (2-Year-Old Male)

“Lenny is a two year old neutered male Chihuahua good with older children and dogs. he is house broken. He only weighs approx 10 lbs and he is such a suddler!

Video on the TLC Facebook page .up for adoption at the TLC animal shelter 13016 west 151st st homer Glen Illinois 60491.”

ROCKY (1-Year-Old Male)

“Rocky is a sweet playful neutered male pit bull mix. He is about a year old.35 pounds good with other dogs and he was good with children and cats too. He is house broken he would like a more active family. video is on the TLC animal shelter Facebook page.”

BINGO (12-Week-Old Male)

“Bingo is just as sweet as can be. He is 12 weeks old good with children and other animals. He is litter box trained. Make a great addition for some lucky family. Video on the Tender Loving Care Facebook page.”

CHESSIE (2-Year-Old Female)

“Chessie is a 2 year old spayed female domestic shorthair. She is good with children and other cats. She is litter box trained. Her video is on the TLC Animal Shelter Facebook page.”

More Resources For How To Get Involved

As a country, we have a homeless animal crisis on our hands that only seems to be getting worse by the day. Stray animals are found every day. With the volatility of the job market, more families are losing their homes and can no longer care for their pets. The list of reasons contributing to this issue runs long. That’s where we can all come in. Whether you want to volunteer, foster, or simply donate, it all makes a difference. For our family, getting involved with animal rescue has been a rewarding experience. While we might not always have the time to foster or volunteer our time, there are many ways to make an impact. Below are three links to check out if this is something you or your family might be interested in doing.

  1. Benefits of adopting a shelter dog
  2. Why volunteering at shelters or rescues makes a difference
  3. 10 reasons to foster a pet