Safe Humane Chicago's Coffee Table Book,
A Ruff Road Home: The Court Case Dogs of Chicago,
is a gold winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award

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This award-winning book recounts the stories of dogs once caught in Chicago's court system after being confiscated from neglect or abuse, and their journey from the city shelter into loving and supportive homes.  It also tells the stories of the heroes, rescue organizations, and volunteers that helped the dogs get a second chance at a great life, thanks to the first-in-the-nation Court Case Dog Program of Safe Humane Chicago.  Purposefully written and beautifully photographed, A Ruff Road Home will tug at your heartstrings and instill a necessary sense of hope. 

Please choose one of the following donation options based on how you want to receive the book: have it mailed or pick it up.

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This full-color, hardcover, 112-page coffee-table book with beautiful dust cover (front shown here) is available for pick up or shipping. Shipping costs are relatively high because it is 10"x14"x1/2" and weighs almost 3 pounds.  If you can pick yours up in the Chicago area or near suburbs, or if you want to buy additional copies, we have several options for you:

  • * at one of three Notice store locations: Andersonville in Chicago, 5028 N Clark ( ), Evanston ( ) or Barrington ( ). From home gifts to dresses, hats and gloves to children's books, Notice is the place to shop for yourself and everyone on your gift lists! They are dog lovers, too: their stores usually have a dog helping out; and they were delighted to offer A Ruff Road Home in their stores.
  • * at 4Legs, 4725 N Damen, during business hours with your receipt.  You can purchase additional copies of the book as well. 
  • * at DoGone Fun Chicago, a doggie daycare and boarding facility at 1717 S State St -- just take a copy of your receipt (or email for us to send you a copy) -- best times are Monday - Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 2pm to 5pm

Written by Susan Russell, photographed by Josh Feeney, designed by Christian Henry, edited by Susan Palmer Marshall, and with a foreword by Cook County Circuit Court Judge E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., A Ruff Road Home is a combined, pro-bono effort to raise awareness of and funds for Safe Humane's important work with veterans, at-risk youth, and dogs who have "done the time but not the crime."