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.
Here's a link to a video clip of the run, made by members of the Corron Elementary School Speed Club
Fellow Rescue dog's and neighbor's ~~Gracie ( left) Aussie mix and Brian lab mix found their forever homes a year ago from local rescues groups.
"Rescuing one dog may not change the world, but for that one dog the world will be changed FOREVER!
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." Please consider~~ Adopting, Foster or Rescue!
We have had several inquiries regarding continued donations. Yes, we graciously accept them. If you would like to make a donation please make check out to “RunFurShelter” and mail to :
Tanya Esquivel (Event Director)
24 N Walnut Street
South Elgin, IL 60177
Please drop me an email at email@example.com, so that I can send you our tax ID, once I receive the check. All contributions will be used to feed, house and give medical attention to the pets of Kane and McHenry Senior citizens through the Salvation Army Golden Diners Club.
We still have drop off donation sites at Epic Air 1675 N. Lancaster Rd. (off Umbenstock Rd) South Elgin. Also Cleveland Veterinary Clinic 400 N. McLean Blvd. (Behind McDonalds on the corner of Spring and McLean) South Elgin. We do appreciate these business on going support given to us.
As always the board of directors thank you for your support and belief in our passion for helping our Seniors and their beloved pets.
Tanya Esquivel,Nancy Meaney, and Sara Johnson
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.
How RunFurShelter is helping seniors and their pets
RunFurShelter has partnered up with the Salvation Army Golden Diners Program. The Golden Diners program feeds over 800 senior citizens in the Kane and McHenry counties. These meals are prepared daily, Monday thru Friday at the Hemmens Auditorium in downtown Elgin year round. It was through this meal program that a need was identified regarding our senior citizens and their difficulty with the costs of feeding their pets. After discussion with RunFurShelter, the decision to partner with the Salvation Army Golden Diners club was made in an effort to fill that financial need.
All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase pet food to be turned over to this great cause. It is our hope to raise more than is needed to feed all their pets and to also have enough funds to defray veterinarian costs.
RunFurShelter board members, Tanya Esquivel, Nancy Meaney and Sara Johnson, along with many devoted volunteers and friends, work year around in an effort to bring to the Elgin, South Elgin community a fun and health conscious family activity.
RunFurShelter is proud to be a non for profit 501(C) 3 organization and is always looking for volunteers for events, committee members, and pet food drives.
Contact Nancy @ Meaneytraining@aol.com or 224-558-9080
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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