Midwest FurFest proves each year that the anthropomorphic world is more than unleashed creativity and boundless energy -- furries also have big, big hearts. Here, you’ll find some more in-depth stories about recent charities of ours.
Last December, more than 10,000 people gathered to talk anthropomorphics, cavort in fursuits and have a ball at Midwest FurFest. However, they also made sure more than 2,600 children in struggling Chicago schools were given the chance to boost their reading skills with the unconditional love and attention of volunteer dogs.
Thanks to MFF con-goers, SitStayRead was able to expand its innovative elementary school literacy programs into kindergarten classrooms for the first time. Also, SitStayRead's end-of-year Keep Reading Celebrations sent hundreds of students home with six new books apiece!
SSR executive director, Mara O'Brien, says the $90,000+ donated at MFF 2018 made a serious difference:
To learn more about our 2018 charity, visit sitstayread.org.
In 2017, we invited the newly-formed Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (“CRISP”) to join us at Midwest FurFest. CRISP was created when eight awesome rescues and shelters agreed to pool their resources to provide low or no-cost services to help Chicago pet owners keep their pets rather than surrendering them to the city shelter. If pets cannot be kept by their owners, then CRISP will network to help place them immediately with a rescue group or no-kill shelter to bypass the city shelter completely.
The attendees of Midwest FurFest were able to raise $85,000 for this amazing charity!
To learn more about our 2017 charity, visit crispchicago.com.
Felines & Canines
In 2016, we were excited to welcome Felines & Canines back to Midwest FurFest. Having previously attended Midwest FurFest 2012, where our attendees helped raise a full third of the money needed to renovate and expand their shelter, Felines & Canines returned to us with exciting new plans! Their new focus was the creation of a Rescue Center, which would assist in relocating animals from overcrowded shelters in the South, to Chicagoland.
F&C Director of Development Kelly Thompson said that the $78,482 raised at Midwest FurFest 2016 provided Felines & Canines with the cash to directly purchase the land, which made this center possible. She further went on to explain the mission of this facility:
To learn more about our 2012/2016 charity, visit felinescanines.org.
In 2015, we were excited to welcome Save-A-Vet to Midwest FurFest. And beyond the $62,020 raised, it was a weekend that changed countless lives, bringing people together who, probably would not have otherwise. Saveavet COO, Mark Ingles explained:
To learn more about our 2015 charity, visit saveavet.org.