The Chicago Bears are fresh off their Week 13 bye and will be looking to close their season on a strong note. At (4-8) heading into another divisional matchup in Week 14, it’ll be a tough task to knock off the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions, but they’ll have the home crowd at Soldier Field to help them get it done. Although it has not been the season that many of us had hoped for, we’ve still been able to make a great impact with Touchdown For Tails. This week, we’ll be introducing our 13th Chicago area rescue, The Anti-Cruelty Society.
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.
- A Chicago Bears win = $25 donation
- 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 10 “Things to bet on” (Brought to you by DraftKings)
Game: Chicago Bears (+3) over Detroit Lions (-3) ($25 donation if the Bears win)
- QB Justin Fields over/under two total touchdowns. ($10 donation if you win. $5 if you lose.)
- RB Roschon Johnson to lead the team in running back touches. ($10 donation if you win. $5 if you lose.)
- Bears total team points over/under (19.5): Over (-102)/Under (-118)
- Bears total team touchdowns over/under (1.5): Over (-175)/Under (+135)
- Longest field goal made (either team) over/under (47.5): Over (-115)/Under (-115)
Touchdown For Tails Week 14 Rescue of the Week: The Anti-Cruelty Society
Contact: https://anticruelty.org/contact 157 West Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60654
Where To Donate: https://anticruelty.org/donate
The Anti-Cruelty Society will be celebrating its 125-year anniversary at the start of 2024. They’ve been around a long time and have a great grasp on how to save animals. In 2022 alone, they took in 5,713 animals. 4,257 of those animals were adopted out straight from their program, while others were re-united with owners or moved to different rescues for better placement. They also accounted for close to 6,500 spay/neuter cases, which is outstanding. The impact they make on the community continues to be impressive.
Their core principles are below.
We embrace respect, fairness and dignity for everyone, in everything we do. We are a diverse organization committed to inclusion and equity. Since our founding, we work daily to build an equitable and just organization, which is integral to our success.
We are an open door committed to providing any animal in need with access to the care they require. We are committed to reach beyond our shelter walls to establish a community of caring with an open heart to all communities.
We hold ourselves to the highest professional standards through transparency, accountability and stewardship. We get things done, honor our commitments and support each other with empathy and honesty.
We bring hope to pets and people in need. Through leadership and innovation, we strive to be the best we can be to support animals and their humans.
We ignite passion about our mission and the impact we can have on animals and humans. We live our values and work as a team to spread joy and compassion. We achieve our goals and maximize our impact.
For more on how you can get involved, including donating, fostering, and volunteering, please reach out to The Anti-Cruelty society directly!
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.
AJAX (9-Year-Old Male)
“Meet Ajax, the stellar senior pup with eyes that tell a thousand tales!
Exercise buddies, anyone? This lovable gentleman has a physique that proudly shows his rich life experiences, and while he may carry a bit of extra weight, Ajax is determined to shed those pounds with the help of a committed and caring friend. Ajax is ready for some leisurely strolls or perhaps a game of fetch in the backyard to keep him on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
His soulful eyes reflect a lifetime of love, and Ajax is eager to share that love with someone special. Don’t be surprised if he steals your heart with a gentle nuzzle or a paw placed tenderly on your lap-this caring canine really knows how to make you feel cherished.
Like any distinguished senior citizen, Ajax has a few bumps and lumps that come with the passage of time. Nothing out of the ordinary for a dog his age, but Ajax’s future family should be prepared to supply him with continued support for his health and well-being.
Are you ready to get better acquainted with a pup who is a certifiable sweetheart? Stop by the Anti-Cruelty Society today to meet this sweet senior, and let the next chapter of Ajax’s life be filled with love and the warmth of a forever family.”
PANTERITA (11-Year-Old Female)
“Say hello to Panterita! This sweet, mellow lady is the definition of a “people person.” She loves to spend her days on a chair in her foster’s kitchen, watching all the cooking, eating, and cleaning that goes on. If her foster leaves the kitchen, Panterita is sure to follow as she prefers to keep her humans company. She likes to look out windows to see the world go by and will occasionally play with ball toys when she’s in the mood. Though she is shy when she meets new people - she may even hide when you first bring her home - she quickly warms up to become the best buddy a person could have! One thing to note, is this kitty needs someone with an extra big heart, as she does have some extra care needs and is considered a Special Care Adoption. She is on a special diet for chronic kidney disease and she occasionally gets SQ fluids to help with her hydration. She is also on medication for hyperthyroidism which she takes daily. If this disease progresses it could also cause heart disease. Our counselors would be happy to talk about the care required, and the financial needs, this special cat brings. She is currently in a foster home, bird watching, so she isn’t onsite for visits, but if you fill out the questionnaire, can get get the adoption process started! One extra perk if you adopt Panterita—she has no issue going in her carrier, which is huge if you have ever had to deal an uncooperative cat who doesn’t want to travel.”
PEETY (4-Year-Old Male)
“Meet Peety! This handsome boy was surrendered to us when his previous pawrent was moved and could no longer keep him. Peety is a gentle soul with a heart full of love. His sweet and curious nature is bound to win you over! He is a mellow companion, shy at first, but warms up quickly to show his friendly side. Peety is a well-behaved boy who loves pets. He is house and crate trained, making him an ideal fit for many homes. It is reported that he lived with an older, smaller dog in his previous home with no issues, but can be indifferent about dogs he does not know. We believe he may be able to live with another pup given a slow, well planned and thought-out introduction plan! Peety has shown some resource guarding in his previous home and prefers to eat separately from other animals, appreciating his own space during mealtimes. Feeding Peety in his crate or a separate room will aid in preventing any resource guarding and ensuring he is comfortable while he eats. Adopting Peety means gaining a loyal friend who will fill your life with joy and companionship. His gentle demeanor and loving spirit are sure to brighten your days. Peety is one of our “Special Care” pets, which means that he requires a bit more love and attention. He has dental disease, history of skin allergies, some thickening of his stifles (“knees”) and some scarring in his ears. All of this will require on-going care and monitoring at a private veterinarian as these are chronic issues. If you are intrigued by Peety and want to get to know him, come on down to The Anti-Cruelty Society during adoption hours and meet with him today! If you have questions regarding Peety, we encourage you to reach out to your Adoption Guide during your visit or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
CLANCY (9-Year-Old Male)
“Introducing Clancy! Clancy only recently became available for adoption. We will be posting more information soon, so check back — or better yet, stop by The Anti-Cruelty Society and say hello to Clancy in person today!”
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.