About Us

Mission Statement:
Second City Canine Rescue’s mission is to rescue homeless animals and responsibly place them into permanent, loving homes. We believe in rescuing responsibly.

Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is largely volunteer-operated. We are dedicated to serving the homeless dogs of Chicagoland, as well as branching out to other areas (such as Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Southern Illinois,Texas, & Michigan) – wherever homeless dogs & puppies need us. 

We are extremely selective about the dogs we place and temperament test each and every adult dog prior to adoption from our program. Our goal is to responsibly place dogs with solid temperaments that will make loving family pets.

We rely solely on foster homes to house our dogs – we do not have a shelter or a kennel that we use regularly. These foster homes are the backbone and heart of our organization – without them, we would not be able to save any animals at all. Adoptable animals will live in a foster home until they find their permanent home.

SCCR does NOT discriminate. All breeds, ages, sizes, and colors are welcomed and loved.

Euthanasia Policy: We feel that it is important to be up-front & honest with the public regarding our policy. Euthanasia will only be performed in extreme cases of aggression or illness. We take animal welfare very seriously and would only use euthanasia when deemed absolutely necessary.

The Board of Directors

Jacquie Cobb is the President of SCCR. She's been involved in dog rescue for over 14 years and holds a Bachelors degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University, where she helps SCCR from afar with intakes, Board policies, and Facetimes into Board meetings each month! She has two rescue dogs, Henry (a lab-pit bull mix) and Blaze (a Great Dane-Boxer mix) who are the best dogs EVER! Her favorite things to do (other than rescuing dogs of course) are cooking, traveling, and spending time with her boyfriend, Bill. Her favorite part about rescue is evaluating the dogs at animal control and taking them out, on to their new & improved lives!



Judy Anglada is our Executive Director and also serves as a Board Member for SCCR. Judy has a true passion for animals and has been involved in dog rescue for over 12 years. She graduated from Barat College in Lake Forest and recently retired as President of Best Travel where she enjoyed a long career before the company was sold in 2014. Judy has 3 rescue dogs, and while she loves ALL dogs, her favorites are little fluffy white ones! Other than dog rescue, Judy's other passion is traveling the world and having adventures with her husband Larry. The best part of dog rescue for Judy is visiting shelters and selecting dogs to be part of the SCCR adoption program.



Colleen Henes is a Board Member for SCCR. Colleen has a commitment to dogs and has adopted 4 in the past 15 years. She recently rescued her pup Ella with her daughter Emma! Colleen works at Strategic Financial Group and is a Financial Advisor in the Advanced Planning Department. She leads the team as a specialist in trust services as a Trust Representative Office of National Advisors Trust Company for SFG. She graduated from DePaul University where she received her Juris Doctor. She also attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Throughout the years, Colleen has committed herself to continued learning so that she can provide resourceful guidance to her clients for all their estate, gift, and income tax needs. She enjoys time with her parents in Twin Lakes, WI as well as traveling with her daughter. Like many at SCCR, Colleen is a Cubs fan!



Steve Ratzek is our Treasurer/ VP of Finance and also serves as a Board Member for SCCR. He has joined us after working over 38 years for Motorola Solutions in various senior management positions in Finance and Operations. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Steve enjoys spending time with his family, playing softball, running, and attending Schaumburg Boomers games. He especially enjoys walks with his four-year-old Boston Terrier Dugan. He’s a Sox fan, so both Chicago MLB teams are represented on the Board.

 

Thomas B. Fitzpatrick is a Board Member for SCCR, residing in Hinsdale. Thomas has built a strong relationship helping SCCR care for dogs through his work with Hanover Park Animal Care Center where Thomas is Hospital Administrator and works with his team to help pets live a long and healthy life. Thomas has over 25 year of experience in the financial industry including the Midwest Stock Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, and Mercantile Exchange. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys golfing and biking. Tom graduated from DePaul University with a BS in Commerce and uses his financial expertise to help SCCR continue its mission of rescuing responsibly SM.


Dr. Arlene O. Rodriguez is a Board Member for SCCR, residing in Hinsdale and working in Hanover Park, Countryside, and Indiana. Arlene has worked with SCCR for several years providing critical veterinary care. Arlene and her family adopted Shamrock from SCCR, who brings them abundant joy! Arlene has attended Loyola University and received her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She also specializes in canine rehabilitation and acupuncture. Dr. Rodriguez helps lead the Board in facilitating the strong human-pet bond that is at the core of SCCR’s mission.



Rich Wulforst is a Board Member for SCCR. Rich and his family have been committed to rescuing animals and have adopted 3 in the past 8 years. Most recently they adopted an 11 month old love; Nitro. Rich works at Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. where he is the Branch Leader for the Schaumburg and Barrington offices. Rich attended Denver University for executive education programs, and received his BS in Finance from the University of Rhode Island. Rich has spent the last 20+ years serving investors, focused on wealth management through proper planning. He has been recognized at Schwab in 2014 as the Annual Community Ambassador Award recipient for his volunteer work. Outside of work and volunteerism Rich enjoys skiing, golfing, and most activities done in the open air.