RunFurShelter 2016 Early registration is open!
The first 100 online registrants will receive a dri-fit long sleeve shirt in place of the regular race day shirt.
Below is the link to the active.com registration page.
Golden Diners Thank You Letters
Thank you letters from Golden Diners members are available if you would like to read them.
Click here, or on the link in the menu above, under Our Animal Causes.
Great Job Everyone!
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the event! And thank you to all who helped make it a success. Thanks to all our volunteers and those who gave their time and energy to help plan and put on this event.
The weather man said it was to be 67 degrees. The temperature gauge said 50, and was accompanied by a chilling north wind. It may of been a chilly out but the runners hearts were warm with love and support for this great cause. Over 500 registered for the big days event, But the hearty 431 runners were not deterred, nor were the hundred+ volunteers and over 60 sponsors bringing in over $12,000 in donations and sponsorships to the Fifth Annual RunFurShelter Run on the morning of May 31 in South Elgin, IL.
Jeff Myers, “Elgin Today” TV show host, welcomed runners and guests and introduced Weight loss Diva Kimberly Church who opened the event singing the National Anthem. Jack Sparrow, played by Rick Aspen, amused runners and guests who wholeheartedly year after year support the RunFurShelter race which is affiliated with the Salvation Army Golden Diners to which the funds are donated in order that the senior citizens can afford to feed and care for what are often their only companions, their beloved pets. It was found that many of the seniors were feeding their own meals to their pets because they could not afford pet food. That’s when the leaders of RunFurShelter, Nancy Meaney, Sarah Johnson, and Tanya Esquivel joined forces with the Salvation Army Golden Diners to prevent such sad happenings.
In this fifth annual event running participants were aged 74 to 5. There were 96 runners in this year’s first 10K; in the 5K were 331, and the popular kids sprint had over 20 runners. For the first time there were 6 teams who competed. A record 447 runners participated in this year’s event.
Thanks for supporting this great cause ! We hope to see you next year!
Chris Gillespie's Eagle Scout Project
I am Chris Gillespie and I am a Boy Scout in troop 21 in South Elgin. For my Eagle Scout project, I decided to work with RunFurShelter to collect pet food. I was interested in this charity group because I wanted to help the elderly feed their pets. For my project I organized a group of other troop members to help me collect pet food around my neighborhood. Since my project coincided
with the RunFurShelter run, we were also able to pass out flyers to help promote the run, I also received donations from a local school and friends and family. We were able to collect 290 bags/cans of cat and dog food. I am proud to be a part of this worth while cause.
Video clip of 2015 RunFurShelter
Below is a link to a video of the run made by members of the Corron Elementary School Speed Club
Visiting Angels helps collect pet food for area seniors
Visiting Angels of South Elgin is a designated pet food donation site for RunFurShelter’s pet food drive. RunFurShelter has partnered with the Salvation Army Golden Diners Program to accept donations of nonperishable, unopened canned and dry dog and cat food.
“When we learned that seniors were giving their food away to their needy pets, we felt compelled to do something,” said Sara Johnson, a caregiver who works for Visiting Angels of South Elgin.
Advertisement When Sara approached Visiting Angels to be a drop-off site, Arlene Petersen, owner of the South Elgin office, instantly agreed to help. “We love our pets and we love our seniors,” said Arlene. “We want to help.”
All donations benefit the Salvation Army Golden Diners Program and will be used to purchase pet food to be turned over to this cause. RunFurShelter will also accept toys and treats that are healthy and safe, as well as monetary donations.
Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Visiting Angels, 65 Woodbury St. in South Elgin.
Visiting Angels provides home care and Life Care Navigation services such as RN medication review and management, bathing, grooming, dressing, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, or companionship. Respite for families who provide loved ones with care is also available.
If you would like more information about Visiting Angels, contact (847) 429-0100.
If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding the event, please call Tanya Esquivel, Event Director @ 224-805-3722 or you may send an email to email@example.com.
Want to be a Sponsor?
If you are interested in being a sponsor please email
Sara Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming dates to remember:
RunFurShelter Golf outing coming in 2016, stay tuned to
website for details.
Pet Food Collection Boxes!
Here are the locations of our pet food donation boxes in Elgin and South Elgin: Click here for map
Cleveland Veternary Clinic
400 N McLean Blvd,
S. Elgin, IL
1675 N.Lancaster rd
First Federal Savings Bank
325 S. Randall Road
Pet Memorials and Rescue Stories
We have created a new page on the site for stories of pets that are sadly no longer with us. See their pictures and read their rescue stories on the Pet Memorials Page, or find it under the Animal Causes Tab.
We've also added some new rescue stories on the Rescues Page which has been moved to under the Animal Causes tab.
If you have a rescue story you would like to share, email it to email@example.com.
Donations are Welcome
If you would like to make a donation to our cause, here is a paypal button. We are now a 501c3 non-profit organization so donations are tax deductible. Please support us and the Salvation Army Golden Diners Program.
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