Alsip to the Rescue opens pet center in Frankfort
BY JAIME ANGIO Correspondent February 23, 2014 5:22PM
Pets and pet owners come out Sunday for the grand opening of the Alsip to the Rescue Adoption Center at Alsip Home and Nursery in Frankfort. | Jaime Angio/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 24, 2014 9:12AM
Alsip Home and Nursery in Frankfort is helping loving pet owners find their new best friends with its Alsip to the Rescue Adoption Center.
The grand opening of the rescue adoption center Sunday attracted crowds to the newly remodeled pet center that is a 100 percent rescue adoption initiative.
Alsip Home and Nursery in conjunction with local rescue organizations had nearly 50 rescue puppies, dogs, kittens and cats on hand looking for homes.
The Frankfort location made improvements to house more animals and also built enclosures for the larger dogs that need to be rescued.
Alsip to the Rescue Adoption Center, which also has a location St. John, Ind., moved toward being a completely pet-rescue operation after a report was published in late 2012 by the Humane Society of the United States, listing Alsip Home and Nursery, along with 11 other Chicago-area stores, as being linked to a puppy mills, which critics say are inhumane.
Alsip Home and Nursery felt the need to get away from sourcing local hobby breeders and brokers, and Alsip Home and Nursery CEO Rich Christakes said the right thing to do was to do a rescue.
“It is very important because there a lot of animals that are in puppy mills and also homeless animals and shelters that are overloaded,” said Christakes. “And to really do rescue right, you have to team up with a veterinarian.”
Alsip Home and Nursery and Frankfort Animal Clinic work together in the rescue. The full-service clinic is inside the store and is open seven days a week with no appointment necessary.
Anita Niffenegger, 70, of Joliet, is thrilled Alsip Home and Nursery has gone toward rescue.
“The rescue way of getting a dog is really smart,” she said. “The turnout is great, and I’m a frequent shopper of Alsip. I can’t say enough about the animal clinic, too. They’ve been awesome to work with.”
Rachel Delaney, of the Humane Society Calumet Area, said it is great to be partnered with Alsip Home and Nursery.
“We have been working on this for a really long time to get them transitioned over to 100 percent rescue,” Delaney said. “The turnout is wonderful. People are so supportive of Alsip now, and there are people that wouldn’t shop here prior and now they have community support. People are saying now they want to shop here because they are in the rescue initiative.”