Second City Canine Rescue Hosts Ribbon Cutting in Palatine
A ribbon-cutting ceremony through the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) was held on November 5, 2020 for Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR), 570 N. Smith Street in Palatine. The event was attended by SCCR founder Dr. Jacquie Cobb, DVM and Executive Director Judy Anglada, as well as Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz, PACC Executive Director Steven Gaus, several PACC ambassadors and members and SCCR guests.
In founding SCCR, Dr. Cobb saw a need for a different kind of rescue -- one with a mission of rescuing dogs responsibly. Over the last nine years, SCCR has followed that mission by providing the highest level of medical care possible for dogs before placing them into loving forever homes -- while being fiscally responsible with all donations that support this vision. To date, the rescue has placed 3,860 dogs with amazing families.
In March of 2020, only days before COVID-19 took hold throughout the country, SCCR purchased the building that the former Fortune Cookie restaurant was in on Smith Street near Northwest Highway in Palatine. This location now serves as SCCR's first brick-and-mortar adoption center.
"The timing of when we closed required us to almost immediately go into quarantine; it was an interesting challenge, but our incredible team has pulled through," said Dr. Cobb. "Raising funds for the extensive renovations was also challenging, but our amazing volunteers and staff rose to the occasion and the center is finally ready to be called "home" to adoptable dogs."
Despite the setbacks that the pandemic created -- and with hard work, grit and determination -- the location began to take shape over the last several months as it was completely rehabbed inside and out. With these improvements, it now represents SCCR's vision for animal sheltering, which is intended to relieve dogs of the stress experienced in traditional shelters, by instead providing a bright, warm, welcoming, and safe homelike environment for the dogs in their care.
Visitors encounter a spacious living room area with couches and dog beds strewed about as they walk in, that allows pups a comfortable atmosphere for meetings with potential adopters. This environment also helps to provide a more realistic picture of the dog's true behavior. While the majority of SCCR dogs remain in foster homes until their adoption, a few of the adoptables spend time at the adoption center until they find a new family. SCCR is open and now offering adoptions seven days a week in their new home.
For more information, please visit https://www.sccrescue.org or call (847) 807-5364.