Charitable History

As with all furry conventions, charity has been a core part of Midwest FurFest from the very beginning. Since the first furry convention in 1989, our community has raised over $3 million for charitable organizations around the world, and we are proud of our contributions to the community and Chicagoland charities. In our 20-year history, Midwest FurFest has raised over half a million dollars for organizations benefiting humans and animals alike.


2019

Felines & Canines

As a no-kill animal shelter,  Felines & Canines is dedicated to providing a safe and loving shelter to abandoned, injured, abused and neglected animals until their permanent adoptive home is found. They strengthen the human/animal relationship through counseling, education, and compassion.

https://www.felinescanines.org/


2018

$92,794

SitStayRead

SitStayRead’s mission is to advance children’s literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, certified dogs, and dedicated volunteers.

https://www.sitstayread.org


2017

$85,000

C.R.I.S.P. (Chicagoland Rescue, Intervention, and Support Program)

Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (“CRISP”) provides 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. 

https://www.crispchicago.com


2016

$78,482

Felines & Canines

As a no-kill animal shelter,  Felines & Canines is dedicated to providing a safe and loving shelter to abandoned, injured, abused and neglected animals until their permanent adoptive home is found. They strengthen the human/animal relationship through counseling, education, and compassion.

https://www.felinescanines.org


2015

$62,020

Save-A-Vet

Save-A-Vet takes Military & Law Enforcement working dogs deemed unsuitable for adoption by their agencies for a number of reasons including health, training and work history. They then place them on secured facilities owned by Save-A-Vet throughout the country and hire disabled veterans that meet their special criteria to live with and care for these other forgotten soldiers. They DO NOT take any animals from civilians. All Save-A-Vet dogs come directly from agencies ONLY.

https://www.saveavet.org


2014

$31,445

Critter Camp Exotic Pet SAnctuary

Critter Camp is the only Exotic Pet Sanctuary operated solely by volunteers that accepts only small unadoptable unusual pets - no wildlife, cats or dogs or farm animals. They take in abused, abandoned and otherwise homeless small exotic pets.

http://crittercamp.weebly.com


2013

$28,000

One Tail at a Time

One Tail at a Time’s mission is to end pet homelessness by making pet ownership a joyful and accessible experience for all. They accomplish this by rescuing animals from overcrowded shelters, placing them in loving forever homes and providing support and resources to pet owners in need.

https://www.onetail.org


2012

$40,500

Felines & Canines

As a no-kill animal shelter,  Felines & Canines is dedicated to providing a safe and loving shelter to abandoned, injured, abused and neglected animals until their permanent adoptive home is found. They strengthen the human/animal relationship through counseling, education, and compassion.

https://www.felinescanines.org


2011

$19,574

Animal Education and Rescue

The purpose of Animal Education and Rescue, NFP is to help countless numbers of animals and people by bringing people and pets together through education, therapy, and rescue.

https://www.aear.org


2010

$11,300

Castaway Pet Rescue

The mission and vision for Castaway Pet Rescue is to save dogs of all sizes and all breeds by placing them into loving, forever homes. They are an all-volunteer, foster home based, dog rescue organization based in northern Illinois. They do not have a physical shelter.  Instead, they operate primarily through their foster homes, online databases and at adoption events/expos.

http://castawaypetrescue.org


2009

$12,799

Kane Area Rehabilitation and Education for Wildlife

Kane Area Rehabilitation and Education for Wildlife is a not for profit wildlife rescue located in Saint Charles, Illinois since 1995. KARE for Wildlife does rescues, rehabilitates local wild animals, releases those who can be released and educates the public on our local wildlife.

https://www.facebook.com/KAREforWildlife


2008

$15,000

Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy

Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy, the largest and oldest organization of its type in the Chicago metropolitan area, is a volunteer organization committed to using the capabilities and magic of dogs in therapeutic environments, especially with children.

https://www.rainbowaat.org


2007

$15,193

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation

Founded in 2003, Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation is dedicated to the care of injured and orphaned wildlife and  educating the public about wildlife and wildlife-related issues. 

https://flintcreekwildlife.org


2006

$13,048

Safe Haven Wildlife Refuge

Safe Haven Wildlife Refuge Center, Inc. was founded in 2000 in Marengo, IL, to serve the needs of wildlife displaced by habitat loss due to urbanization.

https://safehavenwildlife.com


2005

$6,800

Wildlife in Need

Wildlife in Need was a small, volunteer-run rescue and rehabilitation center in Woodstock, IL. Funds provided by Midwest FurFest helped cover veterinary bills, enabled them to build new cages, and allowed them to stock up on food, formula, and medicine for incoming wildlife.


2004

$7,000

Furry Friends Foundation

The Furry Friends Foundation was an all-volunteer, no-kill animal shelter located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. They cared for many different types of dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals. Animals that were hard to place because of their age, breed, or special needs are often placed on death row in some shelters, but not at Furry Friends. They especially focused on pit bull adoptions, and used extensive owner education and selection to find forever homes for these dogs.


2003

$6,500

2002

$6,088

2001

$6,800

Animals for Awareness

Animals for Awareness takes in exotic and wild animals that most dog and cat shelters aren’t equipped for or knowledgeable enough to deal with. With 4 exotic animal vets in our corner and hundreds of other resources, we educate ourselves and our volunteers thoroughly on every animal that enters our facility. If we can't house the critter safely and permanently, we find a good facility that can.

https://www.facebook.com/AnimalsforAwareness


2000

$3,522

Wolf Park / Valley of the Kings Big Cat Sanctuary / Chicago House

Wolf Park is an educational research facility located in Battle Ground Indiana. Since 1972, they have studied wolves and other wild canids to learn more about their behavior and assist researchers in the wild. Each year they teach thousands of visitors about the importance of predators in the ecosystem. They assist researchers around the world with studies of subjects including cognition, behavioral, and comparative between wild and captive animals.

http://wolfpark.org

Valley of the Kings Big Cat Sanctuary

The Valley of the Kings is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt charity. They have a board of directors, with Jill E. Carnegie serving as their President and founder. Jill and her husband, Jim Tomasi, live in a modest farmhouse, with the animals they care for and love dearly.

https://votk.org

Chicago House

Chicago House empowers persons living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS to lead healthy and dignified lives, through housing and compassionate, client-centered support services.

https://www.chicagohouse.org