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Something is always happening at Red Door—after all, we save helpless cats, dogs and rabbits every day—and we want to keep you up-to-date. Here you will find the latest news pertaining to animals, whether they live in the shelter or in the world at large.

Read our blog: Behind the Red Door

Since the Middle Ages, a red door has been a symbol of a safe haven.

2014 Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle Winners

Red Door Receives United Volunteer Impact Grant

Lawlor Family Foundation Grant 2013

Coming Soon: Play with Red Door Cats From Your Mobile Phone!

Adoptable Dog "Russell" featured on lifewithdogs.tv

Update on Pet Food Recall

Winners for 2013 Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle

In Memory of Agnes Elizabeth Kantanen

Bunny 101 -- Learn All About Your Rabbit

2012 Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle Winners

2011 Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle Winners!

2011 Spring-to-Life-Rescue-Raffle Starts

Rabbit Boarding at Red Door!

Top Raffle Ticket Sellers

2010 Spring-to_Life Rescue Raffle Winners

Lawlor Family Foundation Grant 2011

Red Door Chosen as Romeo the Cat's FURPOWER beneficiary

New Mailing Address

On Channel 7 ABC News Tonight: Rescued Rabbits from Kuwait

Watch Red Door Animals on Oprah! New Date!

Red Door Receives New Grants

NIB Foundation and American Humane Second Chance Grants

Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle goes until April 15th This Year

Red Door is a top charity in America's Giving Challenge

United Airlines Foundation Honors Red Door Volunteer

Lawlor Foundation Grant

Red Door Receives Two Grants

Red Door is a Founding Member of CASA

Catch Red Door on WMAQ Morning News!

Red Door Walk in Tribune! Don't Miss the Big Event!

Some Watseka Rabbits Arrive at Red Door

Top Raffle Ticket Sellers

Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle Winners!

Pet Food Recall Expands

Sad News--Watseka Rabbits Returned to Breeder

Sharin' the Love Grant

Over 40 Brands of Cat & Dog Food Recalled

Decision on Custody of Watseka Rabbits Appealed

Custody of Watseka Rabbits Decided

Watseka Rabbits Update

Helping the 170+ Confiscated Rabbits

More Rabbits Need Help--177 Taken From Breeder

Rabbits Rescued from Grim Conditions

Red Door's New Cookbook Hot off the Press!

Red Door Wins Oxbow Pet Products Rescue Grant!

George Finds a Home!

What's Up, Doc? Red Door Rabbits in the News

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2014 Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle Winners

Our Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle is over--but our rescue efforts go on. Thanks to everyone for all the hard work and selling tickets. Here are the winners: Grand Prize: Gene Dunkle, ticket sold by Ellen Labedz 1st Prize: Krishnan H., ticket sold by Caeley Harihara 2nd Prize: Lisa Long 3rd Prize: Jess Rappe 4th Prize: Susan Yohn We will be calling or emailing all winners and arranging prize distribution. Thanks again!

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Red Door Receives United Volunteer Impact Grant

A big thank you to United Airlines for giving Red Door a $1000 grant. The United Volunteer Impact Grant is in recognition of the volunteer service of United employee and long-standing Red Door volunteer Linda Sobirai. Linda has volunteered for Red Door for years, socializing the cats and working various events for Red Door. She is a great advocate for all animals and we are proud to have her at Red Door.

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Lawlor Family Foundation Grant 2013

Once again, Red Door thanks the Lawlor Family Foundation for its generous grant, given to rescue, shelter, and house homeless animals. We are pleased to receive this grant and will use it to continue our work to help all animals in our cageless, no-kill shelter.

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Coming Soon: Play with Red Door Cats From Your Mobile Phone!

Would you be interested in playing with Red Door cats from anywhere via your mobile phone? Soon you'll be able to! A new company called PetCube is partnering with Red Door and 3 other US shelters to increase visibility and adoption rates of shelter animals as well as provide them with playtime and stimulation! Check out some information on the product here: http://blog.petcube.net/post/64117513968/petcube-partners-with-us-shelters-to-boost-adoption

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Adoptable Dog "Russell" featured on lifewithdogs.tv

Check out Red Door's adoptable Jack Russell Terrier-mix Russell, featured on the Life with Dogs site! Please share this awesome article about him and help us find him his furever home!
http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/07/the-macho-little-dog-who-has-had-enough-of-life-on-the-streets/

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Update on Pet Food Recall

Here is the latest on recalled cat and dog food: The recall stems from approximately ten reports of cat and dog deaths which were linked to the consumption of certain brands of canned or pouch cat and dog food. The recall includes over 50 brands of dog food, and 40 brands of cat food, sold in the "cuts and gravy" flavors. Wheat gluten, which is a protein source used to thicken the gravy in these foods, is suspected to be the contaminating ingredient. Cats and dogs who have eaten contaminated foods will most likely display symptoms of kidney disease. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) advises cat and dog guardians to look for “signs of kidney failure include loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in water consumption and also changes in urination. These signs may also occur with other illnesses. Anybody who has a pet that exhibits these signs should take the animal to a veterinarian. For the latest list of recalled foods, see: www.menufood.com/recall

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Winners for 2013 Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle

Thanks to everyone who entered the Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle. Every dollar you gave us went directly to us springing into action, rescuing animals. Here are the winners: -Jackie Kelly --Yota Kleinman --Stu Miller --Annette Galban --Toni Patejunas But the real winners are the animals! Thanks so much.

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In Memory of Agnes Elizabeth Kantanen

Agnes Elizabeth Kantanen, better known as Liz, was a long time animal volunteer activist in Chicago. She was devoted to animal rescue and dog and cat spay/neutering; she was also passionate about all progressive animal causes, large and small. For over 50 years, Liz volunteered tirelessly on the streets, the phone, in letters and in courts--all in order to help animals.She was ahead of her time in speaking out against animal cruelty in farming and food production, laboratory experiments, hunting, and environmental degradation. She opened her heart and her wallet to the causes she championed. She believed in Red Door and so, after her passing at age 93, she left a substantial gift to us, an organization she believed in. We will honor her memory by using this gift to further the work to which she was so devoted.

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Bunny 101 -- Learn All About Your Rabbit

Red Door is proud to present Bunny 101--a fun, educational seminar on rabbits. Want to learn all about your rabbit? What is the best diet? Appropriate method of handling? Toys? Come and learn all this and more--including how to put together a rabbit first aid kit. October 7, 2 - 4:30 p.m. Reservations required. $5 donation includes refreshments. Call 773-764-2242 or email info@reddoorshelter.org for reservations.

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2012 Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle Winners

Thanks to everyone who bought--and sold-- raffle tickets for our 2012 Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle. Everyone did a great job! And, thanks to you, we have already jumped into action, saving as many animals as we can. We'll be posting photos of some recent rescues on our blog soon. Here are the names of the wimmers: Cindy Ridell won $1000.00 Jane Baritfelder won an iPad. Seth Thomas won a case of wine. Bobbie Kramer won a Kindle. and Marcia Wunderlich won the GPS.

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2011 Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle Winners!

Thanks to everyone for record-breaking raffle sales this year! Every dollar helps the homeless animals--they are the biggest winners of your generosity! Congratulations to: Maggie Prokes who won the Grand Prize of $1000.00; Michelle Hidalgo who won the case of wine; Tippy Ondrick who won the North Shore weekend getaway; Jennifer Hampshire who won the Kindle; and Nora & Saundra Mertz who won the book The Year of Cats & Dogs, the rabbit bookmark, and the Vosges chocolate bars.

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2011 Spring-to-Life-Rescue-Raffle Starts

From now until 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, our annual Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle is in full swing. Buy or sell raffle tickets for $1.00 each and we'll "spring" into action, saving as many animals as possible who are hurt, hungry and looking for a spring lifeline. Your support provides critical care, shelter and adoption services for rescued animals. The prizes for 2011 are: $1000.00 cash as Grand Prize, a case of mixed international wine, a Kindle, a weekend getaway at the DoubleTree Suites + movie and dinner gift certificates; and Vosges Haut-Chocolat. Buy tickets online at our Donation page and we'll fill out the tickets for you. Be a top ticket seller and you'll win a $50 gift certificate.

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Rabbit Boarding at Red Door!

Red Door is proud to announce the beginning of rabbit boarding at the shelter. While you are away, you can trust your bunny's care to our experienced rabbit staff. Your rabbit will receive hands-on care in a rabbit-friendly environment. Red Door Rabbit Boarding offers: fresh Oxbow hay; crisp salads; daily exercise time in a playpen; a personal bunny condo; a rabbit-perfect temperature; and no dogs barking. Make your reservations by calling 773-764-2242 or writing info@reddoorshelter.org

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Top Raffle Ticket Sellers

So many people sold raffle tickets for our Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle. It was a great way to help rescue homeless animals. Top ticket sellers are Mary Rodovich, who sold 660 tickets! Also selling 100 tickets: Joanne Ellis; the Markgraf family; Ted Dorion; Jenna Rauch; Heather Slowinski; Ruth Bruch; Dr. Constance Black; Tina Srastrom; and Ben Sikora.

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2010 Spring-to_Life Rescue Raffle Winners

Thanks to everyone who helped with our annual Rescue Raffle. Because of your help, we have sprung into action, rescuing as many animals as we can. Winners are Parthy Schacter, Emily Schein, Karan DeMuth, Bridget Roche, and Jon Demas.

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Lawlor Family Foundation Grant 2011

Once again, Red Door thanks the Lawlor Family Foundation for its generous grant, given to rescue, shelter, and house homeless animals. We are pleased to receive this grant and will use it to continue our work to help all animals in our cageless, no-kill shelter.

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Red Door Chosen as Romeo the Cat's FURPOWER beneficiary

If you don't know Romeo the Cat, you should. This fundraising cat has raised more than $20k for animal shelters and rescues across the U.S. And for September 2009, Red Door is the beneficiary of his efforts! Romeo raises money through his blog [www.romeothecat.com], on Twitter (@romeothecat), and through his corporate sponsors: Welnnes Pet Food, Feline Pine cat and rabbit litter, FURminator deShedding Tools, Sea-Y Enterprises, makers of Clean + Green pet products, Big Paw Designs and Petwebdesigner.com He is also raising money for Red Door through the sale of "Rescue Mom" and "Rescue Dad" car magnets. Check them out and please consider purchasing one to promote rescues and to benefit Red Door. [http://bit.ly/10zINU]

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New Mailing Address

We're still at the Lunt street location, but we have a new mailing address: PO Box 60608, Chicago, IL 60660.

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On Channel 7 ABC News Tonight: Rescued Rabbits from Kuwait

Watch the 5 p.m. news on ABC-7 tonight and see the story about the rescued rabbits from Kuwait. Red Door took these rabbits in after someone saved them there and had them flown to Chicago. In case you missed the story, here it is again: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6811338

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Watch Red Door Animals on Oprah! New Date!

Watch Red Door rabbits on The Oprah Winfrey Show, airing on May 15th on your local ABC station. Thanks, Oprah, for highlighting rescued animals and the wonderful human-animal bond. And thanks for inviting rescued rabbits from Red Door.

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Red Door Receives New Grants

We are pleased to announce that Red Door has been chosen for a grant from the Build-a-Bear Foundation. This grant will help with ongoing animal care and rescue. Also, The Greater New Orleans Foundation has given a grant to Red Door for its on-the-ground help rescuing animals in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. We thank both foundations.

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NIB Foundation and American Humane Second Chance Grants

Red Door is proud to announce the receipt of two grants: one from the NIB Foundation, for our continued efforts in the rescue, shelter, and adoption of homeless animals; and the American Humane Second Chance Grant, for the cat Bentley, who was attacked in a dog fight, rescued by Red Door, treated by Animal 911, and adopted to a loving home.

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Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle goes until April 15th This Year

No fooling--in 2008, our annual Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle drawing will be April 15th [two weeks later than usual]. Don't miss out on the most exciting raffle ever--check out tickets on the Events page! Need more tickets? Email info@reddoorshelter.org or call 773-764-2242.

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Red Door is a top charity in America's Giving Challenge

Red Door was pleased to compete in America's Giving Challenge in January. And we want to thank the hundreds of people who participated in our online race for donations for the animal. Not only did Red Door friends reach out and expand our circle of giving, bringing in $5000 in small donation, but we have just been awarded an extra $1000.00 from Network for Giving for being one of the top charities to generate the most individual giving. Thanks to everyone who helped us help animals!

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United Airlines Foundation Honors Red Door Volunteer

Thanks to Linda Sobirai, a dedicated volunteer, who recently won one of the 44 United Airlines Foundation grants of $1000.00 for her favorite non-profit organization--which is Red Door!

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Lawlor Foundation Grant

Red Door recently received a generous grant for animal care and rescue from the Lawlor Foundation. We greatly appreciate this support.

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Red Door Receives Two Grants

Red Door is pleased to announce that it has received two grants: one from Wal-Mart and one from the General Electric Foundation. We appreciate their support of our efforts to rescue homeless animals.

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Red Door is a Founding Member of CASA

Red Door is proud to be a founding member of the Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance. CASA was formed in 2003 with the belief that the power of many organizations working together can change the future for the thousands of homeless cats and dogs euthanized in the City of Chicago each year. Maddie's Fund has been instrumental in getting agencies across the nation to focus on this issue for cats and dogs. Yet, while Maddie's Fund concentrates only saving homeless cats and dogs, Red Door remains committed to its mission to save all kinds of homeless companion animals in need. We do not limit ourselves to saving only the animals that are generously funded by grants and foundations. Our rabbit rescue and adoption program remains the most comprehensive no-kill shelter program of its kind in the Midwest. Red Door also continues to rescue and rehome homeless farm animals (chickens,ducks, roosters) and small companion ahimals (hamsters, mice, guinea pigs); and we work closely with Flint Creek Wildlife to rehome injured wild animals. You can read about the how's and why's of Maddie's Fund at http://www.maddiesfund.org. To see our 2006 shelter data pertaining to cats and dogs and to learn more about CASA, please visit http://www.casachicago.org/maddies.html.

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Catch Red Door on WMAQ Morning News!

WMAQ NBC TV Morning News [Channel 5] will feature Red Door friends and their dogs! Tune in on May 31st, 6:30 a.m. for this promotion for the Gimme Shelter! walk. Interested in being on TV? Your dog wants to be a star? Contact emilie.johnson@comcast.net or jomurray@yahoo.com about being part of the Red Door group on May 31st.

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Red Door Walk in Tribune! Don't Miss the Big Event!

Back to Print Edition - Thursday At Play GO! Life's a beach -- for pets, too By Trine Tsouderos Tribune staff reporter Published May 24, 2007 Your poor pet has languished inside all winter. She's put on 12 pounds. She looks at you mournfully, her eyes pleading: Take me out, do something fun with me. Pleeaase. OK, that's my pet. Luckily, summer is full of novel ways to make it up to pets sick with cabin fever. There are walks where you can trot your pooch along with a hundred others. There's a pet beach party with cocktails and dancing. There are pet-friendly boat tours of the Chicago River and the lake. There's even a "pignic" for guinea pig lovers. You read that right. A pignic. At Play asked animal intuitive Denise Zak how animals feel when summer comes around. Are they psyched? There are as many answers as individual animals, said Zak, who will be doing 10-minute readings at the Hinsdale Humane Society's 18th Annual Pet Walk on June 3. But generally, "domestic pets look forward to summer because they have more activity. Their owners are more vibrant," she said. "That is more uplifting. That's how they would say it." Marion Coburn, president of Red Door Animal Shelter, said society's trend of taking dogs to festivals and pet parties and walks is relatively new. "It's in the last decade or so that all animal companions have become like family members," said Coburn, whose Red Door Shelter is hosting the Gimme Shelter! Walk for the Animals event on June 3. "When I was growing up, the dog lived out in the backyard much of the time. Now it is the opposite. The whole animal companion idea has really grown a lot." It's grown to a point that summer is a time to celebrate the warm weather with your loved ones, including your winter-chubby, aching-to-get-outside furry companion. Here are some events to get you started: June 3 10 a.m.-noon, Gimme Shelter! Walk for the Animals, Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Ave.; 773-764-2242. Red Door Animal Shelter's annual walk includes a raffle, tarot card readers, animal communicator and more.

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Some Watseka Rabbits Arrive at Red Door

Some of the Watseka rabbits--confiscated by humane investigators and then returned by the Department of Agriculture--have arrived at Red Door. You can seen some photos of Sienna and Anthony on the Behind the Red Door blog. Ava's photo will be posted soon, too. These rabbits are healthy and ready for adoption.

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Top Raffle Ticket Sellers

Mary Rodovich was the top Spring-to-Life raffle ticket seller with 750 tickets sold! ____ Other top sellers include: MacKenzie Carmichael; Tara & Chris Carmichael; Carrie DeVries;Susann Fangman; Gia Gallegos, DVM; Gianni Family; Allyson Kallicky; Jane Lawrence; Ann Lebedeck; Jeanne Malcolm; Erin Morgan; Judith O'Donovan; Gina Romano; Carol Prygrosky; Susan Schroeder; Share Siwek, DVM; Mrs. Wayne Towne; Irwin Zaleberg; Theresa Zingery.

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Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle Winners!

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Spring-to-Life Rescue Raffle a huge success! Grand Prize Winner: David Taylor, Chicago 1st Prize Winner: Pip Beckman, Lisle, IL 2nd Prize Winner: Richard Kepler, Navarre, OH 3rd Prize Winner: Bonnie Sargent, Island Lake, IL 4th Prize Winner: Gabe Ramirez, Chicago _____ Thanks from the animals!

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Pet Food Recall Expands

Now melamine, a chemical used in the production of plastics, has been in found in cat and dog foods, too. The list of recalled pet foods has expanded. For the latest information, check: www.hsus.org

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Sad News--Watseka Rabbits Returned to Breeder

The Illinois Department of Agriculture overturned the seizure of the 180+ rabbits from breeder Paul Craft in Watseka. Approximately 120 rabbits left South Suburban Humane Shelter Friday, March 30, and went to live with Craft and some of his breeder friends. In the month since being confiscated, approximately 20 rabbits have died from severe health problems. Currently, about 40 rabbits remain at SSHS. Craft has 30 days in which to decide if he wants to take those rabbits or not.

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Sharin' the Love Grant

Red Door is proud to receive a $1000.00 grant from the Sharin' the Love Foundation. This grant will be used towards expenses for CAFE--our free animal food pantry for low-income pet owners--and for spay/neuter expenses for Red Door's continued rescue of cats,rabbits, and dogs.

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Over 40 Brands of Cat & Dog Food Recalled

Over 40 brands of cat and dog food have been pulled from the shelves all over the U.S. The food appears to be contaiminated somehow, causing cats and dogs to vomit. Some have experienced kidney failure. To check out the recalled brands, go to: http://www.menufoods.com/recall

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Decision on Custody of Watseka Rabbits Appealed

The fate of the 170+ rabbits confiscated from a breeder in Watseka, IL is still pending. The breeder has now filed an appeal, asking for the return of at least 25 rabbits. Read more at Behind the Red Door, the shelter's blog.

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Custody of Watseka Rabbits Decided

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has awarded custody of the confiscated Watseka rabbits to South Suburban Humane Shelter. However, the breeder from whom the rabbits were confiscated has 48 hours in which to appeal. It is fully expected he will appeal. Keep reading the blog, Behind the Red Door, for up-to-minute reports.

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Watseka Rabbits Update

No news yet from the hearing in Springfield about the custody of the Watseka rabbits. They could be returned, at least in part, to the breeder or South Suburban Humane Center could be given official custody. For the most up-to-date news, check out Red Door's blog. There is a link to Behind the Red Door at the top of the News column.

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Helping the 170+ Confiscated Rabbits

Nine volunteers from Red Door went to South Suburban Humane Shelter in Chicago Heights on Sunday, March 4. The plan was to help that shelter care for the 170+ rabbit confiscated by a breeder a week earlier. It was hard work--cleaning, feeding, and medicating-- but gratifying. To learn more, read the back story on Red Door's blog [http://www.behindthereddoor.blogspot.com]Lots of photos are posted there, too! On Tuesday, March 6, a hearing will be held in Springfield to determine whether SSHS will be granted custody of the rabbits or whether they will be returned to the breeder.

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More Rabbits Need Help--177 Taken From Breeder

You might have already seen it on Fox News: 177 rabbits were taken from appalling living conditions in Watseka, IL. Red Door is partnering with South Suburban Humane Shelter, whose humance investigators got a court order to take custody of the rabbits. Want to help Red Door help the 177 rescued rabbits? Please make a donation on this web site and mark it "For Rescued Rabbits." We'll make sure that your gift is used directly to help the 177 bunnies. Want to join a Red Door team of volunteers making weekly visits to SSHS to work with the rabbits? Send us an email at info@reddoorshelter.org To read more about the rescue of 177 rabbits, go to Red Door's blog.

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Rabbits Rescued from Grim Conditions

On February 17, the Indiana House Rabbit Society took their veterinarian and went to a small shelter in Robinson, IL. The goal was to examine, treat and remove as many rabbits as possible from the grim conditions there: no heat, animals crammed together in cages, no medical treatment for multiplying illnesses. Red Door committed to taking two of these rescued rabbits before IN HRS arrived at the shelter. Now two beautiful big girls, Flemish Giants, are back at Red Door! Read more about this rescue on our blog. http://www.behindthereddoor.blogspot.com

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Red Door's New Cookbook Hot off the Press!

Who doesn't enjoy both desserts and helping animals? Red Door's brand new cookbook, "Just Desserts," features 250 delectable recipe secrets tried and tested by shelter volunteers. Enjoy treats of every kind, including special vegan and pet friendly recipes. Each copy is $4 (add $3.95 for postage if needed). Pick your copy up at the shelter, or order online today!

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Red Door Wins Oxbow Pet Products Rescue Grant!

In December 2006, Red Door was awarded the annual Rescue Grant from Oxbow Pet Products. Oxbow's gift of $1,000.00 will help to equip the new shelter's rabbit spaces.

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George Finds a Home!

When Red Door staff members reported to work on a hot July morning, they were surprised to meet George, a friendly but lonely black lab who had been tied to the front door of the shelter. We sent an immediate email alert to volunteers in hopes of finding a foster home for this elderly gentleman. The response was overwhelming! We are thrilled to report that George is relaxing happily now in a new home. Thanks so much to everyone for caring about him!

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What's Up, Doc? Red Door Rabbits in the News

Red Door is one of three Midwestern shelters or rescue groups mentioned in the Spring 2005 issue of Chicagoland Tails. Check out this article to read about rabbits' personalities and tips for good rabbit care.

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