The Founder

Realtors® to the Rescue was founded in 2005 by Suzy Thomas, a REALTOR® from Dreamtown.

Originally, Suzy's vision was to empower REALTORS® to find homes for pets in need.  The organization has since expanded its efforts, and now, in addition to pairing pets and owners, it supports shelters and pet rescue organizations.  

An enormous boost came in 2009, when RTTR was chosen as one of the official programs of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.  Through this partnership, and with the assistance  of a strong network of volunteers, RTTR has broadened its charitable reach and magnified its successes.

For more information on RTTR and its board members, please click here.  Please check our current and past events.


Why Join RTTR?

By becoming a RTTR member, you're supporting an organization that bolsters shelter and rescue groups throughout Chicago.  We assist dozens of organizations, and with your membership, you can aid all of them instead of just one.


By becoming a Realtors to the Rescue member, you are supporting animal shelters and pet rescue organizations in Chicago     Get involved and help Realtors to the Rescue to save homeless and abused animals in the Chicago area

Realtors® to the Rescue has supported dozens of animal shelters and pet rescue organizations in Chicago. 


Here are some examples of our past work:

  • Served as a panel member at a University of Illinois  symposium to discuss the effects of the economic and real    estate downturn on pets.

  • Organized a city-wide towel drive and donated towels to animal shelters in Chicago.

  • Helped Realtors® find new homes for pets that their clients could no longer keep.
  • Picked up food donated by the Roscoe Village Animal Hospital and distributed it to animal shelters.

  • In conjunction with the Cook County Sheriff and the Anti-Cruelty Society, developed a guide for deputies to give to pet owners being evicted from their homes. 

  • Conducted a Pet Food Pantry drive that collected $600 and 100 bags of food donated by Hills Co., which were distributed to food pantries at PAWS, the Anti-Cruelty Society, and Tree House.
  • In conjunction with BARC (Barriers Against Repeated Cruelty)   and AETC  (Animal Emergency Veterinary Fund),  helped organize a fundraiser to save the lives of animals on death row.
  • Contributed veterinary funds for animals in distressed situations when rescue groups could not afford to provide the care themselves or needed extra help.

  • Raised and contributed over $7,000 in 2010 to support the following organizations:
    Forest South Animal Hospital - Animal Adoption Hospital - Animal Adoption Services - Almost Home Foundation - Golf Rose Animal Hospital - Gold Coast Animal Hospital - Barriers Against Repeated Cruelty - PAWS - Treehouse - Anti-Cruelty Society - Kritterkare - Northstar Animal Care - Animal Emergency and Treatment Center - Animal Emergency Veterinary Fund - South Suburban Animal Shelter - Virtually Home Chicago - Second Hand Snoots. 

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