Traveling Tails Dog Rescue that was founded by Shepard High School German teacher and Palos Heights resident, Jennifer Fischer, Skocik hosted a dog adoption event at the Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, on September 11. She is pictured here with dog, Smokey, who is available for adoption. (Photos by Kelly White)

Traveling Tails Dog Rescue that was founded by Shepard High School German teacher and Palos Heights resident, Jennifer Fischer, Skocik hosted a dog adoption event at the Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, on September 11. She is pictured here with dog, Smokey, who is available for adoption. (Photos by Kelly White)

Palos Heights Library hosts dog adoption event

By Kelly White

Having a piece of her heart devoted to rescue breeds, Karen Skocik always hoped to hold a dog adoption event at the Palos Heights Public Library.

“Through the years, my husband and I have adopted four rescues,” Skocik, Head of Circulation at the Palos Heights Public Library, said. “Right now, we have two. It’s very gratifying to see them transition from being timid and frightened to becoming a member of the family.”

After discovering Traveling Tails Dog Rescue that was founded by Shepard High School German teacher and Palos Heights resident, Jennifer Fischer, Skocik contacted Fischer to host the first dog adoption event at the library, 12501 S. 71st Avenue in Palos Heights, last Saturday.

“Being involved in dog rescue has truly become my passion,” Fischer said. “There are so many incredible stories. I have met so many doggie angels as I call them as well. There are some amazing people in this world who truly have a big heart for dogs. From the fosters, vets, rescuers, transporters to volunteers, all of them share the same passion. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a dog who literally has little or no chance of survival find a loving forever home and a happy end. Additionally, in a world with so much negativity and so much turmoil, doing something positive, helping others in need and making a difference feels really good.”

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Traveling Tails Dog Rescue hosted a dog adoption event at the at the Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Avenue in Palos Heights, on September 11.

Traveling Tails Dog Rescue is non-profit volunteer-based dog rescue addressed in Palos Heights that is dedicated to being an active voice for abandoned, abused and neglected dogs. Fischer and her volunteers rescue dogs from everywhere, including: overseas countries such as Qatar, Jordan and Turkey and in the domestic United States.

The overseas rescue dogs are rescued in primarily three ways: the mother gets killed, shot, poisoned, abused and eventually killed and the puppies are saved, or a dog is found as a stray in danger close to roads or rescued from abuse, or dogs are dumped by expats at vets and boarding facilities and don’t return to get them, Fischer explained.

All dogs that are flown in to the United States must have Rabies, DHPPil health certificate issued within 10 days of the flight, an import permit issued by the USDA and customs clearance according to the United States Customs and Border Control/CDC regulations.

The United States rescue dogs are either surrendered to the rescue directly from owners who need to re-home due to various circumstances or they are pulled from local area shelters, often facing euthanasia.

All of Traveling Tails Dog Rescue’s dogs are available on their website at https://ttdr.org and four rescue dogs were on-site on Saturday at the library from Traveling Tails Dog Rescue, looking for their forever homes.

“What’s most amazing to me is how forgiving dogs are,” Fischer said. “I have seen dogs that were absolutely brutally treated, still trust and love without hesitation. They are the sweetest dogs ever. I have seen what time, patience and love from humans can do to turn a dog‘s life around. It’s beautiful and inspiring. It means the world to see a dog happy and living its best life in a true loving home. It’s very rewarding after knowing where they came from.”

The dog adoption event on Saturday was a part of the Palos Heights Public Library’s on-going Kindness Corner, a service that began in 2021 to focus on promoting kindness within the community.

“I had always hoped to have a dog adoption event at the library,” Skocik said. “After reading about Jennifer’s passion for helping dogs make their way to the United States from overseas, it made me want to pursue hosting a rescue even more.”

Representatives from Palos Animal Hospital were also at the Palos Heights adoption event to answer any questions and to provide a hospital gift certificate to anyone who successfully adopted a dog to cover its first physical exam.

Throughout the month of September, donations of new and gently used dog supplies were collected at the library including: leashes, collars, Purina Pro Dog Food, Natural Balance Dog Food, dog snacks, puppy pads, blankets and pet stain removers. Braided pull toys made by the library’s Youth and Teen Services at the library were sold at the Circulation Desk with all proceeds doing directly to benefit Traveling Tails Dog Rescue.

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Traveling Tails Dog Rescue hosts a dog adoption event at the Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, on September 11.

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