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September 24: Mercury Canine Cruise

On Sunday, September 24, IDR+ invites you and your friendly dog to enjoy a 90-minute cruise on the Chicago River with us! We will have the entire boat for our group, and we are looking forward to a lovely day of socializing and sightseeing. A tour guide will narrate the tour with Chicago architecture and history info and even point out some dog-related highlights. Dogs can sit in your lap, on a seat, or on the deck at your feet. The cruise boat offers plenty of safe outdoor seating, water bowls, and a special newspaper-lined restroom for your pet. Enjoy a great day outdoors with your favorite companion and your friends at IDR+!

Please limit one dog per adult. Human tickets cover all ages, and supervised children are welcome. BUY TICKETS IN OUR STORE!  The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept 22.

Departure is at 12:15pm. Our group needs to assemble on the dock at 11:45am. Please do not be late or you will miss the boat. Tours depart from the Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Look for the blue awning at the top of the stairway and go downstairs to the dock. GPS users enter 112 E. Wacker Drive to find the location on LOWER Wacker. Please see the photo just below for our meeting spot. If you’d like to avoid the stairway, there are convenient ramps located nearby at State St. & Wabash Ave. View accessibility info here.

Parking and Access

Parking is available at LAZ Parking Garage at 233 N. Michigan Avenue (entrance to garage on East South Water Street, just east of Michigan Avenue). A reduced rate is offered for Mercury customers of $14 for 1-3 hours or $15 for 3-4 hours of parking. Simply have your parking ticket stamped at the Mercury Box Office to receive the discount.

For guests needing accessibility information,
Please visit CruiseChicago.com/location/accessible_drop_off_area/

Driving Directions

From I-90/I-94 Kennedy/Edens Expressways

As you begin to enter downtown Chicago, exit on right at OHIO STREET. Continue Eastbound on Ohio Street and turn Right (South) on WABASH AVENUE. Cross over the Chicago River and turn left (East) at first street, WACKER DR. Continue Eastbound on Wacker Drive. Cross through the Michigan Avenue intersection and look for the first driveway East of Michigan Ave., on your right, which is 111 E. Wacker Dr. / Systems Parking Garage. It is a self park facility and is available to our customers on a space available basis. Walk across the Street (North) and look for the Blue Awning marking the stairway down to our Riverside Gardens Dock and Mercury Skyline Cruiseline.

From I-290 Eisenhower Expressway

Continue east through the old Post Office and continue to Michigan Avenue. You must go straight at that light, but get ready to turn left at the next light, which will take you Northbound onto Michigan Avenue. Travel past Millennium Park and continue North to Wacker Dr. Turn Right onto Wacker Dr. and take the first right-hand driveway into the 111 E. Wacker Drive Parking facility.

From Lakeshore Drive North or Southbound

Exit at Wacker Drive (Upper) and continue Westbound. Parking is on your left at 111 E. Wacker Dr. Look for our Blue Awning when walking to the dock, which is located at the Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

Massive vet bills!

On top of the routine vetting that each adoptable dog and cat receives, which the adoption fee barely covers, sometimes we get hit with a medical issue that is more expensive. The past two months, we have an extra $20,000 in vet bills for several medical issues, including pneumonia, strong infections, skin issues, blasto, major GI issues, various surgeries, a mastectomy, bloat, and sadly cancer. We were able to save all but one of these major medical cases, but it wasn’t cheap.

Sampson, Mulan, Chunk, Diesel, Adelaide, Dax, Princess, Wendy, and Peanut all have individual donation campaigns that have a long way to go before meeting their goals. These vet bills are on top of the routine vetting all animals get at IDR+ before adoption.

Please consider becoming a Monthly Miracle Maker to honor one of our early medical miracles and help us make MORE Miracles! Or click on the individual name to read their story and sponsor a specific dog! We can’t do this without your support!

Heartworm prevention

Dog rescues throughout the Midwest have reported an unusually high number of heartworm-positive dogs this year. Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus has treated 9 dogs this year, and it’s only May! Marvin, Jed, Zeke, Tia, Patches, Journey, Chiko, Ebby, and Legion have been treated or are getting their final treatments by the end of May.

As if these dogs didn’t have a hard enough time finding a forever home, now they have to endure a painful and expensive treatment that many rescues can’t cover. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are able to treat any HW+ dogs who enters our program.

Perhaps this influx of heartworm positive dogs is from people accepting some misconceptions or thinking they can save a few bucks by skipping the prevention pills. If you are reading this, most likely you are an IDR+ adopter, and you already know the importance of monthly heartworm prevention because IDR+ does not adopt dogs to homes that do not take this essential precaution. Hopefully, you can use this information to help other people become as smart and caring as you are.

MYTH: Heartworm can only be passed to my dog if a dog in my neighborhood is already infected, and the mosquito bites both that dog and my dog, and that will never happen.
It’s true that a mosquito must bite an infected animal first to pass it to your dog, but heartworm is a parasite to any member of the canine and feline families, including the “coyote, wolf, fox, bobcat, jaguar, and tiger. Other animals that can acquire heartworm include the muskrat, raccoon, ferret, otter, bear, horse, orangutan, gibbon, and sea lion” (www.thepetcenter.com). So a mosquito biting any infected animal in your area can cause an infection in your dog.

MYTH: The monthly prevention pills are expensive.
Depending on the brand and size of the dog, heartworm prevention pills are only a few dollars a month, which is nothing compared to the cost and pain of treatment if your dog becomes infected. Plus, many brands of monthly preventative also protect your dog against other parasites, such as hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms, and some brands also protect against fleas. If your dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, the preventative eliminates the possibility of the larvae from growing into adult worms. A mere mosquito repellant is not enough to protect your dog.

MYTH: Heartworm is only a problem in the southern states because it’s warmer and provides a better environment for mosquitoes.
According to the American Heartworm Society, all 50 states have heartworm. Although some areas have a higher risk of heartworm, no area in the US is immune to the disease. Areas around bodies of water or warm, humid climates have a much higher risk, and many states have “very high risk areas” called “hot spots.”

MYTH: Only rural areas have heartworm. My dog doesn’t need prevention because we live in the city or suburbs.
While some areas may have a higher risk than others, no area is immune to heartworm. Dogs can get heartworm in any state, county, or city. Anytime you see a mosquito, there’s a risk for heartworm.

MYTH: Only “outside” dogs get heartworm. My dog is an “inside” dog, so I don’t need to worry.
Your dog goes outside for walks and play, so he is exposed to the risk. Also, mosquitoes can get inside the home.

MYTH: My dog gets a flea and tick treatment with a mosquito repellent, so he won’t get bit.
Only some fleas and tick brands repel mosquitoes, but repellents only deter mosquitoes from biting your dog. In the event your dog does get bitten, he won’t have the benefit of the preventative to stop the adult heartworms from forming.

MYTH: My dog has a thick coat, so the mosquitoes can’t bite him and give him heartworm.
Mosquitoes will search for the path of least resistance. The hair on your dog’s face, ears, and feet is much thinner and a perfect spot for a mosquito to bite.

MYTH: If my dog contracts heartworm, it can easily be cured, so why bother with monthly prevention pills?
The cure for heartworm is time consuming, painful, expensive, and sometimes fatal. The treatment consists of a series of intra-muscular injections over several months, depending on how heavily infested the dog is. The dog experiences pain at the injection site and lethargy for several days after the injection. During treatment, the dog must be kept still and not allowed to run or get its heart rate up, which could cause clumps of the dying worms to be forced from the heart and lodged in an artery, which can cause a pulmonary embolism and death. Heartworm treatment is costly, which contributes to many rescues not being able to treat infected dogs. Treatment costs several hundreds of dollars per dog, which doesn’t factor in the frequent trips to the vet for the treatment. Heartworm is the only fatal illness that is 100% preventable! Do you and your dog a favor by putting him on monthly heartworm prevention.


13th anniversary gala!

Thank you to the amazing generosity of our auction item donors and everyone who attended our 13th Anniversary Gala, the event was our biggest fundraiser ever! 190 people filled the Medinah Shrine Center in Addison to bid on amazing items, enjoy a delicious dinner, and raise an incredible amount of money to help IDR+ save more animals. We really are astounded at everyone’s generosity and support!

Of course, the number of animals we can save is still limited to the number of foster homes we have, so if you want to make a huge difference that is as important as raising essential funds, please consider fostering. Even with a record amount of money raised, foster homes are still the backbone of IDR+.

Here is the video we showed during the presentation.

Thank you to Laura Horan for taking photos. Here are a few, but please enjoy the full album of pictures from the evening.

Monthly Miracle Makers

mmm stickerIn January 2011, we received an urgent call from animal control about a severely emaciated Doberman literally left in the trash in an alley. He was 33 pounds, and his body temperature was so low, it didn’t register on a thermometer. The vets were worried he would not survive the first night, but he soon started to turn around! We named him Miracle after he started to have a miraculous recovery. After several months of TLC, Miracle transformed into a fully healthy 90-pound dog who loves his life with his family.  Miracle received many generous donations when he came in for his care, and his family wants to encourage everyone to continue donating to IDR+ for other dogs like him.

IDR+ is asking donors to become Monthly Miracle Makers. Sign up for an automatic monthly donation, and we will send you a durable vinyl sticker to thank you! You will receive a letter for your taxes each month, and you don’t need to worry about remembering to donate. Please consider making an automatic monthly donation to make more miracles!

Payment processed through PayPal; however, a PayPal account is not required when making a payment with a credit card.

Mail your Donation!

PO Box 435
Barrington, IL  60011-0435

Thank you for your generous donation!  Our orphans thank you!


Do you do any online shopping?

Chances are, you could be generating money for IDR+ by accessing those sites through a donation site called iGive.com.

iGive is FREE for the shopper. The stores make the additional donation to the charity of your choice (hopefully us), and you just shop online like normal.

Each new member who signs up generates a $5 when they select IDR+! When you sign up, you can download the iGive “button” that guarantees you never miss a donation. Many of you are already registered with iGive, but you aren’t using the button. Please install that now and see how easy it is to generate instant donations for IDR+!

One IDR+ volunteer uses iGive all of the time and has generated $1,200! In the past few years, IDR+ has received over $5,500 in donations from iGive!!!

An additional way to generate donations is to use the iGive search tool. It is powered by Bing, and for every search you do, IDR+ gets 1 cent. Trust us, those cents add up!

If you use this link by 11/20/15, we receive a $5 bonus for you joining! Please choose Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus as your cause.

Meet & greet events!

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Two Boston’s 8th Annual Adopt-A-Rama
12pm-3pm: Two Bostons Pet Boutique and Gourmet Bakery @ 2523 W. 75th Street, Naperville, IL

Saturday, October 7, 2017
11am-1pm: Petco @ 801 w Lake Ave. in Peoria, IL