Text Box: The basis of our Mission Statement can be found in the following quote — “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” - Mahatma Gandhi. We believe this is, indeed, a true measure of a community. Our goals are to reduce the overload of abandoned dogs at the local shelters, educate the public as to the importance of spaying, neutering and training their pets and, at the same time, save the lives of these wonderful dogs.  
Text Box: IBR’s First Puppies Are Happy and Healthy
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Text Box:   Official Newsletter of Illinois Birddog Rescue, Inc.  Vol. 3 No. 2
Text Box: Update-200th Dog!
Text Box: After three years, Illinois Birddog Rescue has placed close to 200 dogs. We think this is an amazing        accomplishment and would like to thank all of the volunteers who make this work possible.
Our foster homes, transport helpers, envelope stuffers, garage sale   donators and cash contributors are all greatly Text Box: Keep in Touch
Text Box: The more dogs we place, the more nice people we meet! Many of our adopters have become like family to us. And so, just like family, we want to hear from you.
Remember, we will always be here to answer any questions you may have, and please let us know when you move so we can continue to keep track of our beloved dogs. Of course, pictures are always a  welcome way to keep in touch, so feel free to send us some snapshots from time to time.
Text Box: of non-stop puppy care. The entire Maihack family was pressed into service as Natalie, Dave, Amanda and Nora became experts in bottle feeding and clean up/laundry duties, and several IBR volunteers went above and beyond the call to assist with  around-the-clock support (thanks Jenni, Allison and Mary Jo). 
All the pups have gone to their forever homes and are doing fabulously well. Nala still lives at the “Puppy Palace” with one of her pups, where they will be spoiled for a long, long time. 
Text Box: Canine Health Information
Text Box: Because education is a part of our mission, we are always looking for the best information to pass along to our friends. We encourage you to think about existing practices and to be as involved as possible in your dog’s health care.
Are you aware that there is a 3-year rabies vaccine, which would allow you to vaccinate your dog just once every three years instead of every year?
Rabies is the only vaccine required by law and blood tests known as “titers” can be used to determine if your dog is protected against other diseases, such as distemper and parvovirus. Did you know that many vet schools and veterinarians are changing their vaccination programs to require Text Box: and parvovirus vaccines only once every three years instead of the current yearly vaccine? 
For our adopters that live in the Midwest, there is no need to give your dog year-round heartworm preventatives. Since heartworm is spread by mosquitoes, it is unnecessary to medicate for it in the winter months. When was the last time you saw a mosquito in January in Chicago? 
We are not veterinarians, but this information is given to us by our vets. While all medical professionals do not necessarily agree on the new protocols, we believe it’s good to at least be aware of them and then make up your own mind about what’s Text Box: Still Shopping?
Text Box: Nala is a purebred Pointer that we pulled from the Crawford County Animal Shelter in downstate Illinois earlier this year. It didn’t take long to realize that rescuing this one dog would lead to many more rescues — Nala was pregnant!
On July 26, she delivered 9 puppies before she was rushed to the emergency vet for a c-section to save the last pup. Although she needed a blood transfusion and very nearly died, Nala was soon up and around and caring for her babies. In the meantime, Nala’s foster home, affectionately known as the “Puppy Palace”, was the Text Box: Every holiday season, we like to remind our readers that bargains galore can be found at www.illinoisbirddogresuce.org. Click the Ebay link to check out our current selection of Birddog paraphernalia and apparel. And if you use iGive.com to link to your favorite shopping sites and list Illinois Birddog Rescue as your cause, a percentage of your purchases will be donated to IBR.