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The Chicago Rescue Roundtable

The Chicago Rescue Roundtable is an informal gathering of rescue groups, shelters and animal advocates in Chicagoland that gather information to make our communities safer for companion animals. Our “Vote Pet Friendly Chicago” project is designed to inform voters on how their representatives feel about companion animal welfare. We urge Chicago residents to take an active role in making our communities safer for animals, and to work with their representatives to make positive changes.

Vote Pet Friendly Chicago Survey

Our 2016 Vote Pet Friendly Chicago survey was sent to each city council member in Chicago. See the survey here. Based on how each city council member answered, we rated them. Council members who received 5 paws were rated the most pet friendly, and 1 paw the least.

Top Dog

These City Council members were rated very pet friendly!

WARD 15

Raymond Lopez

WARD 26

Robert Maldonado

WARD 29

Chris Taliaferro

WARD 31

Miliagros Santiago

WARD 32

Scott Waguespack

WARD 35

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa

WARD 36

Gilbert Villegas

WARD 37

Emma Mitts

WARD 38

Nicholas Sposato

WARD 43

Michele Smith

WARD 46

James Cappleman

WARD 47

Ameya Pawar

WARD 50

Debra Silverstein

Middle of the Road

These City Council members are on the right track, but could use some convincing!

WARD 11

Patrick Thompson

WARD 30

Ariel Reboyras

WARD 33

Deborah Mell

WARD 44

Thomas Tunney

WARD 45

John Arena

WARD 49

Joseph Moore

Not Pet Friendly

These City Council members are not pet friendly.

WARD 3

Pat Dowell

WARD 40

Patrick O’Connor

WARD 41

Anthony Napolitano

Did Not Respond

These City Council members did not respond to our survey

WARD 1

Proco Joe Moreno

WARD 2

Brian Hopkins

WARD 4

Sophia King

WARD 5

Leslie Hairston

WARD 6

Roderick Sawyer

WARD 7

Gregory Mitchell

WARD 8

Michelle Harris

WARD 9

Anthony Beale

WARD 10

Susan Garza

WARD 12

George Cardenas

WARD 13

Marty Quinn

WARD 14

Edward Burke

WARD 16

Toni Foulkes

WARD 17

David Moore

WARD 18

Derrick Curtis

WARD 19

Matthew O’Shea

WARD 20

Willie Cochran

WARD 21

Howard Brookins

WARD 22

Ricardo Munoz

WARD 23

Michael Zalewski

WARD 24

Michael Scott

WARD 25

Daniel Solis

WARD 27

Walter Burnett

WARD 28

Jason Ervin

WARD 34

Carrie Austin

WARD 39

Margaret Laurino

WARD 42

Brendan Reilly

WARD 48

Harry Osterman

Thank you to our City Council
members that participated!

If you would like to send your Alderman or Alderwoman a note thanking them for participating, or to ask them to participate and take companion animal welfare seriously, you can find contact info and sample emails below!

Sample Emails

Feel free to copy and paste one of these sample emails to get you started!

THANK YOU TO YOUR ALDERMAN

Dear Alderman/Alderwoman _________:
My name is ____________ and I am a Chicago resident and pet lover. I follow the work that the groups in the Chicago Rescue Roundtable do and am happy to see that you participated in their survey!
Chicagoland is full of pet lovers like myself that would like to see positive changes for the animals we love. It is our hope that with great City Council members like yourself leading the charge, we will soon have a city that is safe and humane for everyone.
Thank you for your commitment to the health and safety of all residents, companion pets included!
Sincerely,
________________

URGE YOUR ALDERMAN TO CARE ABOUT ANIMALS

Dear Alderman/Alderwoman ______________:
My name is ____________ and I am a Chicago resident and pet lover. I follow the work that the groups in the Chicago Rescue Roundtable do and I am sad to see that you did not participate in their survey.
Chicagoland is full of pet lovers like myself that would like to see positive changes for the animals we love. I hope that you will consider joining the great City Council members that are leading the charge to make Chicago safe and humane for everyone.
Thank you for your commitment to the health and safety of all residents, companion pets included. We hope to see you advocating for pets and hope that you will participate in the Chicago Rescue Roundtable survey next time.
Sincerely,
_____________________

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