Court Case Dogs are victims of neglect or abuse who have been rescued by police or animal control officers and are part of criminal court cases against their abusers. In the past, these animals were considered little more than evidence. They lived in a cage with little human interaction until their cases were settled and then were typically euthanized.
But thanks to Safe Humane Chicago these dogs (and cats) have a second chance. Staff and volunteers engage, socialize, and train them to be family companions. Once their cases are settled, Safe Humane Chicago transfers them to partner shelters and rescue groups for adoption. All Court Case Dogs, like Ruby, also receive a lifetime of behavioral support through the program.
Photographer Josh Feeney and writer Susan Russell have partnered to compile the stories of some of these amazing animals in the new book, A Ruff Road Home: The Court Case Dogs of Chicago. All design, production and printing costs have been donated so 100% of book sales go directly to Safe Humane Chicago to provide support and a second chance to the brave and extraordinary court case dogs.
Although Ruby is not included in the collection, these stories of unbelievable courage and survival will touch your heart and change the way you see the world – especially needed in these uncertain and often violent times. Trust me, these stories of kindness and compassion overcoming cruelty and horror will fill you with hope and joy.
A Ruff Road Home: The Court Case Dogs of Chicago would make a wonderful holiday gift for any dog lover. You can purchase copies here.
However, I have one copy to give away to a lucky reader. This is a heavy book so unfortunately only readers located in North America will be eligible.
P.S.: We will announce our Golly Gear winner on Wednesday! Thanks to all who entered.