Meet Whoopee. She’s a 4-year-old pitbull mix. She was found abandoned with four other dogs and 25 chickens (what?). She is a court-case dog.
Ira Goodkin, pictured left, adopted his rescue pup Claus, a poodle mix from Safe Human Chicago’s Court Cast Dogs program, through which volunteers train and recoup the animals for later adoption.
“The idea that fairness and humane treatment is an important human value,” he said, “I think it’s tremendously important – connections are what we’re making. Connections between animal and people.”
Goodkin performed Chopin’s etudes for animal lovers in support of Safe Humane Chicago on Sunday. Co-founder of the organization Cynthia Bathurst told me they raised around $4,000 that day.
“We can help these animals that have no voice,” she said, “That have no one looking at them and yet they affect the lives of the families in the communities.”
Whoopee, a pitbull mix, is a “court case dog.” Court case dogs are dogs labeled by police as evidence and kept until the end of a trial. Most times they are euthanized when the trial is over. (Elizabeth Wang/Medill)
Safe Human Chicago started a branch of the organization called Court Case Dogs in 2010. They take these dogs and volunteers train and go through behavior modification with them before putting them in a shelter for adoption. (Elizabeth Wang/Medill)
Zeppelin, a cane corso mix, was found locked in a building with three other dogs, dying of thirst and emaciated. Though there was no owner to bring to court for this crime, Zeppelin still had to “do the time” before being picked up by Safe Humane. (Elizabeth Wang/Medill)
A year ago, Clyde’s owner tried to throw him away in a garbage bin. Last December, Safe Humane took him in. He has already found a “forever home,” and will be sent with his new family once he completes his training. (Elizabeth Wang/Medill)
Ira Goodkin performs Chopin’s pieces on the piano as part of Safe Humane Chicago’s series event, Classic Connections. The directors of Safe Humane say they hope to bring together the community by supporting justice and fair treatment of animals. (Elizabeth Wang/Medill)
Goodkin applauds the Safe Humane staff for their hard work and dedication to animal justice. (Elizabeth Wang/Medill)
Goodkin adopted Claus, a poodle mix, not too long ago. Claus was found in the house of a hoarder the same day the house had burned down. (Elizabeth Wang/Medill)