Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Trustees abandon Chicago's Furry Friends

Furry Friends at Quimby's
Originally uploaded by kfoz.
Those of you who have followed this blog, or its archives, know that I'm in love with Nicky and Edy, a pit bull brother and sister who have been up for adoption at Furry Friends, a Chicago no-kill shelter that does a lot of work with pit bulls.

Last month, the three trustees of the foundation announced that Furry Friends would be closing its doors so that they can sell the building, which is worth a fortune. They claim that they will pay out the money from the sale to other no kill shelters at a rate of 7% per year. But then again, they also claimed that they would fulfill the wishes of the woman whose estate they are managing.

Needless to say, there's been a lot of talk and rumors about exactly how this all came about. I won't repeat the details, except to say that it seems that the Trustees have been planning this for quite a while, and have been making it as difficult as possible for the organization to function.

I feel badly for the many people who have worked their asses off trying to maintain this organization--for the benefit of the animals (including cats and guinea pigs, as well as dogs.) But mostly I'm concerned for the animals themselves, and for Chicago, which is losing a great, great asset.

There's no chance the trustees will change their minds, but I think the trustess should hear from people about their decision. So here they are--maybe send them some dog biscuits along with your thoughts:

Gail M. Papp
8244 Oakland Place
Orlando, FL 32819

Glenn Hamiltion,

Gary Prior
Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC
The Rookery Building
209 S. LaSalle Street
7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604