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Casey's Safe Haven comes to the rescue

Elburn rescue group helps renovate Tennessee animal shelter

ELBURN – Thanks to volunteers from Casey’s Safe Haven Dog Rescue, dogs at a shelter in Tennessee now have better living conditions.

Twelve volunteers from the nonprofit group drove eight hours over the weekend to renovate an animal shelter in Bolivar, Tennessee. Casey’s also has been working with the group Hardeman Adoptable Animals Inc. in Tennessee since last year to find homes for the dogs housed there.

Hardeman Adoptable Animals is described as a volunteer-based organization that saves dogs from the Hardeman County Animal Control. The organization places these rescued dogs in a safe shelter that is located in the county landfill, but operated by the HAA volunteers.

Among other things, Casey’s volunteers spent the weekend washing kennels and painting walls at Hardeman’s shelter.

“Everything was just old,” said Kathy Schweisthal, a volunteer at Casey’s Safe Haven. “It just looks like a new place now.”

Hardeman Adoptable Animals works with groups such as Casey’s Safe Haven to find homes for the dogs at the shelter.

During the weekend, Casey’s transported 25 dogs from the shelter to Illinois. The dogs that Casey’s rescues will be housed in foster homes.

“It is a chance to give them a foster home instead of the alternative of death,” Schweisthal said.

She said she is proud of the success the group has had. Since 2012, Casey’s has adopted out close to 500 dogs.

To help pay for its expenses, Casey’s Safe Haven will hold Casey’s Safe Haven 5K Wag-A-Thon 2014 at 9 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Peg Bond Center at the Batavia Riverwalk, North Island Avenue and Houston Street, Batavia.

Registration is $25 a person. Organizers hope to raise $10,000 through the event.

“A lot of dogs that we bring up have major medical needs, which this money will help pay for,” volunteer Lynn Flanagan said.

Information about the fundraiser is available by going to

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