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Diamonds in the Ruff #BtC4A

As many long-time followers may remember, Ruby was removed from her former home along with several other dogs because of severe neglect. New followers can read her story here.

Ruby is part of Safe Humane Chicago’s Court Case Dog Program. Court case dogs are victims of severe neglect and 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 cages 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, receive a lifetime of behavioral support through the program.

In addition to the Court Case Dog Program, Safe Humane trains youth leaders to speak in schools about dog safety and compassion for animals, and partners veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with court case dogs to help both achieve emotional healing.

Safe Humane Chicago is truly a one-of-a-kind organization that helps some of the most traumatized, abused and neglected dogs in Chicago through innovative programs that foster compassion and celebrate the human-animal connection. And now you can help dogs like Ruby and Jambalaya get a second chance by supporting Safe Humane’s annual fundraiser, Diamonds in the Ruff.

If you are in Chicago and would like to attend, you can purchase tickets here. If you are not in Chicago, but would still like to support the organization that saved Ruby and so many others, please make a donation or buy a raffle ticket here. If you are not able to donate, please share on Twitter and Facebook.

You can also learn more about the Court Case Dog Program by watching the video below or by following Safe Humane Chicago on Facebook.

Because of Francis…. from Safe Humane Chicago on Vimeo.


  1. Mark Muller
    April 15, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Many many thanks to Save Humane Chicago, without their help all this dogs who had to go through the worst things would be lost…

  2. Andrea
    April 15, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Yes! Please support Safe Humane Chicago! If you, like me, can't afford to donate or attend functions, please consider this alternative I created to raise money for Safe Humane Chicago: take a free ride on Lyft! Using my link, new users get $50 in credit to try Lyft and a $10 donation is sent to them! Easy and painless!

  3. Andrea
    April 15, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Yes! Please support Safe Humane Chicago! If you, like me, can't afford to donate or attend functions, please consider this alternative I created to raise money for Safe Humane Chicago: take a free ride on Lyft! Using my link, new users get $50 in credit to try Lyft and a $10 donation is sent to them! Easy and painless!

  4. Julie
    April 15, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    How can any animal be treated as nothing more than a piece of evidence????Yay fur Safe Humane ChicagoLoves and licky kissesPrincess Leah xxx

  5. LetterstoAndrew
    April 15, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    I'm so glad you shared this. What a great organization and what wonderful work they are doing! I love this idea, especially the part where they are paired with soldiers so both souls are working towards healing.I am heading over to make a donation now.Thank you so much for supporting the blog hop and being the change for animals!

  6. Nichole Burke
    April 15, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Sounds like an amazing organization! Here's to a successful fundraiser!

  7. Yamini MacLean
    April 15, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Hari OMWhat a wonderfurs intiative!!! Hugs and wgs, YAM-aunty xxx

  8. Two French Bulldogs
    April 15, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Fantastic! That should be a nation wide program Lily & Edward

  9. ♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥
    April 15, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Wow, that is one fantastic organization – proof that there really ARE good peeps in the world.Woos – Ciara and Lightning

  10. Cathy Keisha
    April 15, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    This is a great program and I remember reading about them in Ruby's story. Those poor animals that are kept for evidence. Everyone deserves a second chance.

  11. Mitch and Molly
    April 15, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    Bless Safe Humane Chicago♥ What wonderful work they do!

  12. Murphy
    April 15, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    That is some wonderful work being done to get doggies out of harmful situations!Your Pals,Murphy & Stanley

  13. Sue Kottwitz
    April 15, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    I'm so glad you blogged about this amazing organization. They're doing such important work and I'm sure many of us have never heard of them. I've shared via social media. Thanks for blogging the change for animals. SueBe the Change for

  14. Dory and the Mama
    April 15, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    Such a wonderful organization, doing such an important service to the community! Thanks for sharing this!

  15. Lauren Miller
    April 15, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    They sound like an amazing organization! Thank you for sharing about them!

  16. Bernadette
    April 15, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    I am so glad these animals will be treated with care and love as they pets they are. In Pennsylvania we passed a law that requires the accused to pay the costs of care for pets held for cases so that smaller municipalities and areas without a shelter don't have to bear the cost.

  17. da tabbies o trout towne
    April 15, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    10 bazillion paws up two Safe Humane Chicago…..10 bazillion timez ♥♥♥

  18. Cathy Armato
    April 15, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Wow what an amazing organization, they are really making a difference for these dogs and for their communities!Love & Biscuits,Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  19. Ruth Epstein
    April 15, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    WOW what a great organization – good luck with the event

  20. Lola The Rescued Cat
    April 15, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    What a great organization!! We're going to put them on our list for donations for sure.

  21. Three Chatty Cats
    April 15, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    Wow, this is so awesome! It's sad that dogs would be euthanized after a court case, like they were just props. I'm glad that Safe Humane Chicago is also for cats. Thank you so much for sharing!

  22. Millie and Walter
    April 15, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Cats can also be affected by being part of court cases. When I worked in our local humane society, I didn't bring my dogs to work so I would often house cats in my office that were being held as part of court cases. Instead of being left in a small cage for months the cats lived in my office and had the luxury of interacting with me and the many volunteers that also worked in my office. It was a wonderful way to get my kitty fix (as my husband isn't a fan of cats) and help to enrich the life of these wonderful cats. A couple of them lived in my office for about a year each. It was tough to let them go but I made sure they went to hand picked homes.Cindy

  23. Amanda Yantos
    April 16, 2016 / 12:16 am

    This makes my heart happy. It's so sad seeing what animals have to go through but I'm glad that there is more awareness and organizations to help.

  24. Kerri Irwin
    April 16, 2016 / 12:53 am

    Sounds like an amazing organization that is helping so many animals in need.

  25. The Island Cats
    April 16, 2016 / 1:19 am

    What a great organization. We hope the Diamonds in the Ruff is a huge success.

  26. Jana Rade
    April 16, 2016 / 1:19 am

    Love it. Wish I could attend.

  27. Pawesome Cats
    April 16, 2016 / 1:48 am

    Thanks for sharing about this organisation and the wonderful work they are doing.

  28. Tails from the Foster Kittens
    April 16, 2016 / 1:53 am

    I always love hearing about other shelter's fundraisers. I hope it is wildly successful.

  29. Maxwell Faraday Richman
    April 16, 2016 / 3:02 am

    What a wonderful organization – and we hope the fundraiser is a huge success!!

  30. Denise Gruzensky
    April 16, 2016 / 4:49 am

    I love this for so many reasons. First, finally animal abusers are being prosecuted! Also, because this organization is helping give these innocent animals a chance to understand what a forever family feels like. I'm sharing and will donate in the VERY NEAR future ASAP! Thank you for sharing with us!

  31. Jeanne Pursell
    April 16, 2016 / 9:47 am

    What a fabulous organization!! We are so very grateful for these types of organizations and fundraisers. Poor pups…we are so glad that some can be saved!

  32. Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog
    April 16, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    It sounds like a wonderful organization. I hope their fundraiser is a huge success.

  33. Fur Everywhere
    April 16, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    What a fantastic program! All dogs and cats deserve loving forever homes where they are cared about and spoiled rotten! 🙂 I hope that this event raises a lot of funds for this worthy cause.

  34. Groovy Goldendoodles
    April 16, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    Incredible organization. Thanks for sharing something I wouldn't have had an opportunity to read about.

  35. M. K. Clinton
    April 16, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    That sounds like a fantastic organization. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate your thoughts and POTP this week while I was sick. It made a huge difference.

  36. Christine Caplan
    April 17, 2016 / 3:36 am

    I have tons of friends in Chicago as I used to live there so I'll share this far and wide. Ruby is precious as is Jambalaya. Wonderful program.

  37. Tweedles -- that's me
    April 17, 2016 / 3:48 am

    What a very beautiful loving post!lovetweedles

  38. theOKdogblog
    April 17, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    What a beautiful group. So glad there are programs like this.

  39. Sadie and Co.
    April 18, 2016 / 1:34 am

    Wow. My heart hurts for the dogs of the past but full for the chance of future dogs. Pinning. Thank you for sharing.

  40. Daily Dog Tag
    April 18, 2016 / 1:52 am

    What a wonderful organization, I didn't realize how animals were treated when they were evidence. I hope that it changes everywhere!

  41. Talent Hounds
    April 18, 2016 / 1:56 am

    OMG love this post and sounds like and amazing organization and effort. Hugs to Ruby

  42. Jasmine | About Pet Rats
    April 18, 2016 / 2:33 am

    What a meaningful transition from sad endings to beautiful beginnings. Love that all court case dogs receive a lifetime of behavioral support through this program.

  43. Sweet Purrfections
    April 18, 2016 / 2:44 am

    Such an amazing group and the work they are doing with these animals.

  44. Diane Holland
    April 18, 2016 / 3:29 am

    All paws up here! Safe Humane Chicago is an amazing group and we love what they are doing for these babies! They have our full support!

  45. Robin Mudge
    April 18, 2016 / 4:48 am

    This sounds like an amazing program! I'm glad to see so many unlikely cases being cared for. This is one of those things that gives me hope for humanity. 🙂 -Purrs from your friends at

  46. dogandhisboy
    April 18, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Court therapy dog programs are so important! We have on in Miami, but i wish they received more kudos and accolades. Thank you for shining a light on Safe Humane Chicago and their great work!

  47. Lindsay Pevny
    April 18, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    I'm glad to hear about this program. Dogs are so resilient! I'm glad to see that even abused and neglected dogs can go on to live happy, healthy lives when they're given the proper care. Safe Humane Chicago rocks!

  48. Kim Thomas
    April 19, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Being from the Chicago area myself, I'm proud we have this awesome program to provide for our four-legged friends. Thank you for sharing the information about the fundraiser – and for raising awareness about this crucial program. And thank you for blogging and being the change for animals!Kim ThomasBe the Change for AnimalsCindyLu's Muse

  49. Kimberly Freeman
    April 21, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    I will add them to my quarterly donation list.

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