Cynthia Bathurst, the co-founder of Safe Humane Chicago talks about how this organization has worked to save lives, and support humane communities.
A part of the mission is to support and provide humane education for children, which includes busting myths about pit bull-looking dogs.
Another is to offer humane alternatives for court case dogs. This works, and an entire book, called “A Ruff Road Home: The Court Case Dogs of Chicago,” authored by Susan Russell with photographs by Josh Feeney. This beautiful coffee table book documents stories of dogs who are doing the time without committing a crime; as they are languishing at shelters because the owner or someone else was a bad person. That’s the law. The animal abuser, or bad person, while waiting a court date can’t have the dog. The dog is confiscated and living for months or longer at a municipal facility as ‘evidence,’ even if the owner doesn’t want the dog returned. Safe Humane finds homes for many of these dogs, sometimes even cats.
It’s a program that should be replicated elsewhere.