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Displaced Exotics Need New Facility

$1,200 of $350k goal

Raised by 13 people in 21 months
Kimberly Meyer Schilling  PALOS PARK, IL
Animals for Awareness began almost 30 years ago to tend to the complicated needs of displaced wild and exotic animals. For over 21 years they have been located in Palos Park with no complaints, issues or concerns from the public. But Cook County Building and Zoning has now come in and determined that Animals for Awareness can no longer operate on the premises of Kim and David Schilling due to a zoning technicality.

All animals are being displaced and relocated to safe havens in other Illinois counties and Indiana until a new location can be found and funded. This will cost about $500,000.

Animals for Awareness has rescued, rehabilitated and/or provided safe haven for hundreds and hundreds of animals throughout the years. They have touched the lives of tens of thousands of people with their hands-on educational programs. They has been available 24/7 365 days a week for phone calls from people needing help or advice. Perhaps you have been one of these people they have helped or touched.

The time has come for you to help Animals for Awareness and their animals! They are currently looking for a minimum of 5 acres in Will County. Would prefer property that has living quarters already on it with some out buildings as well. Homer Glen, Lemont or Lockport are ideal.

The crew at Animals for Awareness has high aspirations and is very enthusiastic about the opportunity before them. Indoor / outdoor cages for all of the mammals. A seasonal indoor / outdoor pool for (y)our favorite alligator Boots. Spacious, natural habitats! A real laundry room and food preparation area. The list goes on.

Help rebuild the area's only exotic animal rescue facility! Help get the animals back home! All donations are tax deductible. Please share this information and post!

Bless you!
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Update 5
Posted by Kimberly Meyer Schilling
7 months ago
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I can't believe a year has come and gone. Our goal to get the critters onto their own farm remains the same with little progress :-( To our past and present supporters, God bless you! We couldn't survive without you!

Please share this GoFundMe page. You just never know who's heart might be touched....
Tequila Sunrise still thriving
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Update 4
Posted by Kimberly Meyer Schilling
13 months ago
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It's been eight long months since our animals were relocated to various facilities. Spring is upon us and it is time to bring them home! Let's get this fundraiser going! Please please please share this post with your friends and family. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart exclamation point
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Update 3
Posted by Kimberly Meyer Schilling
17 months ago
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The animals are hunkering down for the winter in their temporary homes. We miss them terribly. They are being well cared for and we are thankful for those who have extended helping hands and opened their hearts to our critters.

There's only one more month in which to make a tax-deductible donation this year. PLEASE consider donating to our cause. We have to bring our babies home.
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Update 2
Posted by Kimberly Meyer Schilling
18 months ago
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As of October 3rd, our home is relatively quiet with the majority of our animals gone relocated. All that is left are our dogs and cats, a bird and a couple lizards. A large part of me has died inside. Now the fundraising begins. Won't you please find it in your heart to donate to our cause. Your donation is tax deductible!
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Beth Bowles
20 months ago

Shared and tweeted. Wish I could donate. My condolences on the loss of Boots. Will be sharing to Tumblr as well.

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Jeanine LovesScuba Clark Bremer
21 months ago

Kim...I shared on FB and Tweeted this. I wish I could do more. This is so wrong on so many levels. You do such good work. I'm really sorry that this happened.

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$1,200 of $350k goal

Raised by 13 people in 21 months
Created July 26, 2015
Kimberly Meyer Schilling  
JH
$25
Jenny Henning
3 months ago

I live in Palos Park and have known about this rescue for years --- please help them find a new place

$50
Karen Purcell
7 months ago

I will keep spreading the word, Kim. Let me know if there is anything else I can do.

MP
$50
Molly Parlier
13 months ago

In honor of Isla Moran who loves animals.

A
$100
Alana
19 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you for your kindness and support!

MS
$50
Michelle S
20 months ago (Offline Donation)

We're so grateful for caring and generous clients like you. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

RP
$500
Rekha P
20 months ago (Offline Donation)

Wowza. Such a tremendous gift of generosity is just about all we can say. Thank you so much. Words cannot express our gratitude! Bless you!

DK
$50
Dave K
20 months ago (Offline Donation)

You are a sweetheart, Dave. Thanks for giving us some hope and encouragement!

MF
$25
MJ F
20 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you so much for the sweet donation! What a wonderful surprise in our PO Box this afternoon! Bless you!

$100
Karen Purcell
20 months ago

I will keep sharing, Kim, let me know if I can help in any other way.

BW
$100
Bruce Williams
21 months ago

Thinking of you and yours - hoping for the best - you have done a great service to the animal community over the years.

Beth Bowles
20 months ago

Shared and tweeted. Wish I could donate. My condolences on the loss of Boots. Will be sharing to Tumblr as well.

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Jeanine LovesScuba Clark Bremer
21 months ago

Kim...I shared on FB and Tweeted this. I wish I could do more. This is so wrong on so many levels. You do such good work. I'm really sorry that this happened.

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