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Update on Rescue Effort for Dogs Found in Hoarding Situation


The three partner organizations in the rescue operation involving 85 dogs from Heitter Road – Stephenson County Animal Control, headed by Stephenson County Veterinarian Dr. William Condie of the Freeport Animal Hospital; Animal Control for the City of Freeport; and Friends Forever Humane Society – met earlier today and are issuing the following updates.

An announcement will be made when the animals are available for adoption, which may be a number of weeks from now. Until then, the public may not visit with or handle any of the animals. A first priority will be to reunite any lost pets with their owners. All of the dogs are being photographed and will be viewable online as soon as possible.

There have been many generous contributions of supplies. THANK YOU! The following are still needed:

  1. Garbage bags (all sizes) and zip ties
  2. Paper towels
  3. Canned dog food (there is enough dry dog food at this time)
  4. Tarps, 6x8 feet and 10x12 feet
  5. Kong toys, all sizes
  6. Peanut butter (to put into the Kong toys)
  7. Metal dog dishes
  8. Metal pooper scoopers
  9. Long-handled scrub brushes
  10. Hot dogs (to put medications into so the dogs will readily accept them)
  11. Gift cards to Menards, Farm & Fleet, and Walmart
  12. Volunteers who have the time to do laundry
No more of the following items are needed at this time, but if individuals have already purchased any of them they will of course still be gratefully accepted:
  1. Bath towels
  2. Dawn dish soap
  3. Laundry detergent, regular and HE (high efficiency)
  4. Newspaper
  5. Barn-type fans to help dry kennels quicker
Supplies may be brought to Friends Forever at 966 W. Rudy Road in Freeport or the Freeport Animal Hospital at 321 East South Street in Freeport. In Rockford, supplies can be delivered to Home Depot, 6930 Argus Drive, who will deliver them to Freeport on Monday 23 March.

Monetary donations are also welcome and can be made online at or by check or cash. All contributions will support the work of those partnering together on behalf of the animals in this rescue effort.