Non-profit of the Month: One Tail at a Time

After spending some time with different animal shelters, foster programs and animal help clinics, I ran across this organization in Chicago: One Tail at a Time. They are a non-profit foster program that is a no-kill, all-breed dog rescue program. Their mission is to: “lower euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area and provide education on the humane treatment of companion animals. The rescue concentrates its efforts on dogs that are in danger of being euthanized, or those that are physically and/or mentally deteriorating in a shelter environment, works to rehabilitate them, and then matches each dog with a permanent home. Focused on keeping pets as a part of our family, One Tail at a Time offers fosters and adopters continued support and education on how best to keep dogs happy, healthy and part of the family.” Many programs try their best to get the animals adopted, but don’t spend a lot of time to make sure the family is a good fit for the dog or provide the continued support.


What is very unique about this dog foster program is they pay for everything a person needs (food, medical, dog walkers, daycare, etc.) to ensure all the dogs in their program are being well taken care of. They also don’t go out and pick the best of the best animals from the shelters for quick adoption turn-around. They find the best in all dogs and try to give as many of them a chance at a better second life. If for some reason the adoption isn’t a good fit, they will take the dog back into their program, in fact they prefer it, to ensure that dog finds the best family for them as possible. Even if years after a dog is adopted and the family can no longer keep the dog, One Tail at a Time will take the dog back into their program and find it a new, happy home.


A current foster for One Tail at a Time, Juli Zagrans, stated: “I’ve been volunteering and fostering for OTAT for about 2 years. I’ve had 17 of their dogs in my home and consistently work with this organization because they make doing the right thing easy. It was started by a group of friends with a vision that they could offer something to the Chicago rescue community, and they have. They choose quality over quantity, and once an OTAT dog, always an OTAT dog.” She went on to say: “They pull from city shelters, rural county pounds, and everywhere in between. It’s a group of smart, responsible, young professionals who are fun to work with and are intelligent about running their organization. They host a lot of different fundraisers, some that happen annually, that are dog friendly and a blast to go to. Being a volunteer with OTAT is like being a part of a crazy family of dog lovers. I’m a proud member.”


Currently, One Tail at a Time is involved in a contest through Sliderocket where they could win $10,000 to continue to do their good work and they need your help! All you have to do is play and share this video to give them your vote!

How else can you help One Tail at a Time? You can VOLUNTEER or ADOPT if you are in Chicago or surrounding areas, and anyone can DONATE!

Where would your money go?

$10 helps with transportation costs from an urgent situation
$25 provides 2 weeks of healthy dog food
$75 covers treatment for kennel cough, parasites, or other common shelter illnesses
$150 offsets costs of routine spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, and vaccinations
$300 defrays treatment costs of extensive medical issues, such as for heartworm, pneumonia, or surgery

Your money will go to save animals like this one:

Juli Zagrans with her current foster dog, Pinchy.
Juli says Pinchy is one of the sweetest dogs she has ever met (and she would know as this is her 17th foster dog). Unfortunately in a recent heartworm test, Pinchy came back positive and will be going through treatment which will cost between $500-$800. Send Pinchy your healthy thoughts and if you can, donate to help in her treatment!

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About Kelly

Working at changing the world, with the little things we do, every day. I am the Doer Team Manager and the Do Good Doer at Brown Paper Tickets. My hope with this blog is to help spark a change. To look at the little things we do everyday and see how we can be a positive impact on everyone around us. The more each of us do, however small it may seem, the better world we will all have.

2 responses to “Non-profit of the Month: One Tail at a Time”

  1. Life_With_Alfred says :

    We love OTAT! What a great post 🙂

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