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Support One Tail at a Time’s Capital Campaign!

one tail at a time capital campaign

One Tail at a Time has announced a 2-phase capital campaign (“OTAT Cooperative”) that will add 4 new facilities to our thriving adoption center in Bucktown: The Rudy Stewart Training & Behavior Center, our mobile adoption truck (“mOTAT”), The Brian & Sheri Qualizza Isolation Center, and The Ellis Veterinary Clinic.

About the Campaign

Our Goals

This combination of projects will 1) Increase how many animals can be rescued, adopted, and cared for, while 2) Creating the highest possible level of efficient and economical programming.

The Cooperative will sustain OTAT's lifesaving growth well into the future and continue One Tail's model of empowering the community, using volunteer support, and reaching communities that are often left out of animal welfare services.

Our Vision

One Tail at a Time sees a Chicago where adoptable dogs are not killed in shelters, where low-income pet lovers get the veterinary care they need to keep their pets out of the shelter, and one that empowers the community to care for and find homes for pets in shelters.  One Tail at a Time also sees a Chicago that is so progressive that we can lend a hand to southern states and shelters that continue to struggle with overpopulation and shelter deaths.

Our Progress

Thanks to the incredible generosity of early supporters, $460,000 was pledged or donated toward our campaign before we officially launched on June 5th, 2019! Now, your support is needed help us cross the finish line strong and raise the $950,000 needed to complete all four of these capital campaign projects. Please help us expand OTAT's commitment to pets most in need by making your donation to our capital campaign today!

one tail at a time capital campaign otat cooperative
OTAT Adoption Center
Temporary Isolation Center
Behavior and Training Center
Mobile Adpoption Truck
OTAT Vet Clinic
Permanent ISO Center

Project Overviews

OTAT Cooperative will be a 2-phase campaign, with each phase addressing a different piece of the puzzle that will make it possible to best serve our community and save lives.

Phase I: The Opening of The Rudy Stewart Training & Behavior Center + Adoption Truck Build-Out

The Rudy Stewart Training & Behavior Center (BC) will bring a positive reinforcement mecca for the scared and confused dogs once lost in the shelter system.

The BC is a space for the most vulnerable dogs to receive extra love, socialization, and training from a team of licensed trainers and volunteer junior trainers. The BC will allow OTAT to bring our amazing training resources in-house so that quality control and efficiency can be top priority.

The BC will also launch a first of its kind program: Utilizing traditional apartment space as transitional housing for dogs in need of extra care and individuals transitioning from homelessness.

MOTAT (Mobile-OTAT) will help our adoption program reach new horizons.

This first of its kind adoption truck will combine One Tail at a Time's powerful, light-hearted branding with a fully functioning adoption program. MOTAT will travel throughout Chicago and its suburbs to bring pet adoption to spaces that previously didn't have an easily accessible option.

We expect MOTAT to build and sustain our growing adoption program in ways we couldn't dream of before!

Phase 2: ISO Program Expansion + Opening OTAT's Ellis Veterinary Clinic

one tail at a time brian & sheri qualizza isolation center

Phase 2 will greatly increase our capacity of care for animals and help Chicago in becoming a No-kill city, starting with the expansion of our current Isolation ("ISO") Program

The Brian & Sheri Qualizza Isolation Center will provide a long-standing home to expand our "ISO" Program, that focuses on intaking sick and injured dogs from inside Chicago's shelters. These animals, exposed to upper respiratory infections or already sick from shelter illnesses, will have an opportunity to decompress and start on the highest quality veterinary care before moving on to foster homes or adoption.

In its early conditions, this space saved 164 of Chicago's most vulnerable shelter dogs in just 6 months. Now, it's time to make an even greater investment in a No-kill Chicago by increasing our ability to rescue, house, and care for these animals.

one tail at a time ellis veterinary clinic sketch

The opening of a fully staffed OTAT veterinary clinic will reduce the length of stay for our animals and drastically reduce their cost of care (which will in turn increase our capacity to care!).

At the conclusion of Phase II, adoptable animals will receive their routine vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries, and illness + injury treatment all in one space that has been dedicated to their needs: The Ellis Veterinary Clinic.

OTAT also plans to extend these services to low-income pet families at low or no cost through our shelter diversion program. Today, these services are outsourced to a suburban veterinary center that is not accessible to many of the families we serve. Offering these resources in-house will not only allow OTAT to provide more resources to low-income pet families; it will make the resources being offered more accessible to those families most in need.

one tail at a time vet clinic naming rights capital campaign

Email cara@onetail.org to reserve your family’s dedication or sponsorship!

Naming Rights & Sponsorship (Exclusive)

Building Naming Rights ($200,000) – RESERVED 
Spay/Neuter and Surgery Room ($40,000): Dogs will be adoption-ready quicker than ever before! Affordable spay/neuter will also be provided for Chicago pet families in need.
Treatment Room ($40,000): An extra-large treatment room where new and injured rescues can be helped quickly and with care.
Kitten Nursery ($25,000) – RESERVED 
Isolation (“ISO”) Wing ($25,000): With its own separate exam area and air-flow, the ISO Wing will increase OTAT’s capacity to care for sick and contagious animals from Chicago shelters.
Meet and Greet Area ($20,000): A large welcoming area for fosters and adopters to fall in love with and adopt their own rescue dog! Also a central hub for OTAT staff and board meetings.
Lobby ($20,000): The first room that fosters, adopters, and members of the community will see when visiting our clinic!
Mama Dog + Puppies Room ($17,500) – RESERVED 
Intake Area ($15,000) – RESERVED 
Play Yard ($10,000) – RESERVED 
Exam Room 1 ($7,500) – RESERVED 
Exam Room 2 ($7,500) – RESERVED 

DEDICATIONS

“Mural Dog” ($10,000, 3 spots left): Your dog will be painted on the exterior of OTAT’s vet clinic, facing the bustling corner of Western & Erie!
Full-Color Bench ($10,000): A fully painted bench in our play yard dedicated to your dog or family
Wooden Bench ($5,000): A bench in our play yard dedicated to your dog or family
Garden Stone ($2,500): A garden stone in our play yard dedicated to your dog or family
Pet Tag Dedication (Silver: $250; Gold: $500; Rose Gold: $1,000): A pet tag with custom engraving to be displayed by the clinic’s entrance

otat vet clinic sponso
one tail at a time capital campaign

Thank you for supporting our Capital Campaign! Your donation will increase how many animals One Tail at a Time can rescue, care for, and adopt to loving homes. For naming rights and sponsorship opportunities, visit onetail.org/cooperative.

Donation Levels:

$50: Get the limited edition OTAT Cooperative magnet pack
$100: Get the limited edition OTAT Cooperative Magnet Pack & the "I believe in a No-kill Chicago" tote
$250: Both gifts, Invite to Adoption Truck Kick-off Party (TBD), and Silver Pet Tag Dedication at The Ellis Veterinary Clinic
$500: All of the above + Invite to VIP Grand Opening of OTAT Vet Clinic (Date TBD), and Gold Pet Tag Dedication at The Ellis Veterinary Clinic

Check donations can be made to One Tail at a Time and mailed to:
2020 N. California, Ste. 7, #152
Chicago, IL 60647

One Tail at a Time is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. 

About the Campaign

About the Campaign

Our Goals

This combination of projects will 1) Increase how many animals can be rescued, adopted, and cared for, while 2) Creating the highest possible level of efficient and economical programming.

The Cooperative will sustain OTAT's lifesaving growth well into the future and continue One Tail's model of empowering the community, using volunteer support, and reaching communities that are often left out of animal welfare services.

Our Vision

One Tail at a Time sees a Chicago where adoptable dogs are not killed in shelters, where low-income pet lovers get the veterinary care they need to keep their pets out of the shelter, and one that empowers the community to care for and find homes for pets in shelters.  One Tail at a Time also sees a Chicago that is so progressive that we can lend a hand to southern states and shelters that continue to struggle with overpopulation and shelter deaths.

Our Progress

Thanks to the incredible generosity of early supporters, $460,000 was pledged or donated toward our campaign before we officially launched on June 5th, 2019! Now, your support is needed help us cross the finish line strong and raise the $950,000 needed to complete all four of these capital campaign projects. Please help us expand OTAT's commitment to pets most in need by making your donation to our capital campaign today!

one tail at a time capital campaign otat cooperative
OTAT Adoption Center
Temporary Isolation Center
Behavior and Training Center
Mobile Adpoption Truck
OTAT Vet Clinic
Permanent ISO Center
Project Overviews

Project Overviews

OTAT Cooperative will be a 2-phase campaign, with each phase addressing a different piece of the puzzle that will make it possible to best serve our community and save lives.

Phase I: The Opening of The Rudy Stewart Training & Behavior Center + Adoption Truck Build-Out

The Rudy Stewart Training & Behavior Center (BC) will bring a positive reinforcement mecca for the scared and confused dogs once lost in the shelter system.

The BC is a space for the most vulnerable dogs to receive extra love, socialization, and training from a team of licensed trainers and volunteer junior trainers. The BC will allow OTAT to bring our amazing training resources in-house so that quality control and efficiency can be top priority.

The BC will also launch a first of its kind program: Utilizing traditional apartment space as transitional housing for dogs in need of extra care and individuals transitioning from homelessness.

MOTAT (Mobile-OTAT) will help our adoption program reach new horizons.

This first of its kind adoption truck will combine One Tail at a Time's powerful, light-hearted branding with a fully functioning adoption program. MOTAT will travel throughout Chicago and its suburbs to bring pet adoption to spaces that previously didn't have an easily accessible option.

We expect MOTAT to build and sustain our growing adoption program in ways we couldn't dream of before!

Phase 2: ISO Program Expansion + Opening OTAT's Ellis Veterinary Clinic

one tail at a time brian & sheri qualizza isolation center

Phase 2 will greatly increase our capacity of care for animals and help Chicago in becoming a No-kill city, starting with the expansion of our current Isolation ("ISO") Program

The Brian & Sheri Qualizza Isolation Center will provide a long-standing home to expand our "ISO" Program, that focuses on intaking sick and injured dogs from inside Chicago's shelters. These animals, exposed to upper respiratory infections or already sick from shelter illnesses, will have an opportunity to decompress and start on the highest quality veterinary care before moving on to foster homes or adoption.

In its early conditions, this space saved 164 of Chicago's most vulnerable shelter dogs in just 6 months. Now, it's time to make an even greater investment in a No-kill Chicago by increasing our ability to rescue, house, and care for these animals.

one tail at a time ellis veterinary clinic sketch

The opening of a fully staffed OTAT veterinary clinic will reduce the length of stay for our animals and drastically reduce their cost of care (which will in turn increase our capacity to care!).

At the conclusion of Phase II, adoptable animals will receive their routine vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries, and illness + injury treatment all in one space that has been dedicated to their needs: The Ellis Veterinary Clinic.

OTAT also plans to extend these services to low-income pet families at low or no cost through our shelter diversion program. Today, these services are outsourced to a suburban veterinary center that is not accessible to many of the families we serve. Offering these resources in-house will not only allow OTAT to provide more resources to low-income pet families; it will make the resources being offered more accessible to those families most in need.

Naming Rights & Sponsorship
one tail at a time vet clinic naming rights capital campaign

Email cara@onetail.org to reserve your family’s dedication or sponsorship!

Naming Rights & Sponsorship (Exclusive)

Building Naming Rights ($200,000) – RESERVED 
Spay/Neuter and Surgery Room ($40,000): Dogs will be adoption-ready quicker than ever before! Affordable spay/neuter will also be provided for Chicago pet families in need.
Treatment Room ($40,000): An extra-large treatment room where new and injured rescues can be helped quickly and with care.
Kitten Nursery ($25,000) – RESERVED 
Isolation (“ISO”) Wing ($25,000): With its own separate exam area and air-flow, the ISO Wing will increase OTAT’s capacity to care for sick and contagious animals from Chicago shelters.
Meet and Greet Area ($20,000): A large welcoming area for fosters and adopters to fall in love with and adopt their own rescue dog! Also a central hub for OTAT staff and board meetings.
Lobby ($20,000): The first room that fosters, adopters, and members of the community will see when visiting our clinic!
Mama Dog + Puppies Room ($17,500) – RESERVED 
Intake Area ($15,000) – RESERVED 
Play Yard ($10,000) – RESERVED 
Exam Room 1 ($7,500) – RESERVED 
Exam Room 2 ($7,500) – RESERVED 

DEDICATIONS

“Mural Dog” ($10,000, 3 spots left): Your dog will be painted on the exterior of OTAT’s vet clinic, facing the bustling corner of Western & Erie!
Full-Color Bench ($10,000): A fully painted bench in our play yard dedicated to your dog or family
Wooden Bench ($5,000): A bench in our play yard dedicated to your dog or family
Garden Stone ($2,500): A garden stone in our play yard dedicated to your dog or family
Pet Tag Dedication (Silver: $250; Gold: $500; Rose Gold: $1,000): A pet tag with custom engraving to be displayed by the clinic’s entrance

otat vet clinic sponso
Donate
one tail at a time capital campaign

Thank you for supporting our Capital Campaign! Your donation will increase how many animals One Tail at a Time can rescue, care for, and adopt to loving homes. For naming rights and sponsorship opportunities, visit onetail.org/cooperative.

Donation Levels:

$50: Get the limited edition OTAT Cooperative magnet pack
$100: Get the limited edition OTAT Cooperative Magnet Pack & the "I believe in a No-kill Chicago" tote
$250: Both gifts, Invite to Adoption Truck Kick-off Party (TBD), and Silver Pet Tag Dedication at The Ellis Veterinary Clinic
$500: All of the above + Invite to VIP Grand Opening of OTAT Vet Clinic (Date TBD), and Gold Pet Tag Dedication at The Ellis Veterinary Clinic

Check donations can be made to One Tail at a Time and mailed to:
2020 N. California, Ste. 7, #152
Chicago, IL 60647

One Tail at a Time is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. 

Questions? Interested in naming opportunities or sponsorship?

Please let us know! Email Cara Schwalbach, OTAT’s Development Director, at cara@onetail.org.