Court Case Dogs

Who are the “Court Case Dogs”?

Court Case Dogs have “done the time but not the crime” — victims of neglect or abuse who have been rescued by police and animal control from their abusers and are associated with criminal court cases against their abusers. They are part of a program in which Safe Humane Chicago assesses them, engages volunteers and interns to socialize and train them to be irresistible family companions, transfers them to partner rescue groups, and provides them lifetime behavioral support.  

Want to learn more about the Court Case Dog program?  Check out this Brochure.  

Are you interested in welcoming a Court Case Dog into your rescue?  Check out this Brochure.

Discover how the Court Case Dog Program got started and brought Safe Humane Chicago full circle in this video:

And as of November 2015, Safe Humane has an awe-inspiring coffee-table book, A Ruff Road Home: The Court Case Dogs of Chicago.

A Ruff Road Home recounts the stories of dogs once caught in Chicago's court system after being confiscated from neglectful or abusive owners, 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 directed by Safe Humane Chicago.  Purposefully written and beautifully photographed, A Ruff Road Home will tug at your heartstrings and instill a necessary sense of hope. 

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."

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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" and weighs 3 pounds. Please choose one of the following donation options based on how you want to receive the book.

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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:

  • by appointment at our office in the Animal Career Academy, 1705 S State St, by emailing getconnected@safehumane.org

  • at DoGone Fun Chicago, a doggie daycare and boarding facility next to our office at 1717 S State St -- just take a copy of your receipt (or email getconnected@safehumane.org for us to send you a copy) -- best times are Monday - Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 2pm to 5pm

  • at one of three Notice store locations: Andersonville in Chicago, 5028 N Clark (http://notice-this.com/chicago-illinois-store/ ), Evanston (http://notice-this.com/evanston-illinois-store/ ) or Barrington (http://notice-this.com/barrington-illinois-store/ ). From hats and gloves to ornaments and children's books, Notice is the place to shop for holiday gifts for everyone on your list! 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.