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New relief organization aims to find homes for disabled dogs and cats | Pets

CHAMPAIGN – When Kim Dalluge recently retired from the University of Illinois, it wasn’t to sit still.

His next career will be finding homes for unwanted disabled dogs and cats by matching them with children who may be able to bond with them better than anyone, as they are disabled themselves.

Dalluge of Champaign has formed a new nonprofit rescue called Moore’s Rescue Ranch, and she is preparing it to open on long-standing family farmland along North Market Street, just north of Market Place Mall. .

The land has been in her mother’s family for about 170 years, and Moore is her late mother’s maiden name, Dalluge said.

The mother of an adult son with Asperger’s Syndrome, Dalluge has said she wants to put this land to good use by pairing disabled dogs and cats that would otherwise end up being euthanized with also disabled children, in the hope that children and their families provide forever homes for animals, she said.

Dalluge, who retired after nearly 30 years as the medical insurance manager for IU Student Health Insurance, also volunteers with Mobile Mutts Rescue, which transfers dogs from shelters to high risk to the safety of host family rescues.

“It’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done,” she said.

As a Mobile Mutts volunteer, however, she realized that she wanted to do more.

Dalluge is renovating a building that once housed his father’s heating and air conditioning business at Moore’s Rescue Ranch site to use for storage and events, and the dogs and cats available for adoption will be in separate areas of a new building.

Families interested in adopting pets will be able to see them through glass doors and then be able to arrange to meet a dog or cat they would like to interact with, she said.

Dalluge plans to start with around six dogs and six cats, which she says will have permanent homes at Moore’s Rescue Ranch if they are not adopted.

“Our hope is that a child will bond with one of the dogs and cats and want to adopt them,” she said.

Dalluge said the animals would start arriving next spring, to be initially greeted by volunteers, and she hopes the new shelter building will be completed by the end of the summer.

Meanwhile, her organization will be holding fundraisers to help cover costs. The first will be a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tool sale on January 15 at 3113 N. Market St., C.

A garage sale in the building being renovated is scheduled for spring, she said.

Future plans include increasing the number of dogs and cats available for adoption to around 15, and the potential addition of equestrian therapy down the road.

Dalluge also plans to bring out Moore’s Rescue Ranch on Market Street with outdoor statues that will mark his mission.

Taylor Studios, based in Rantoul, makes the rescue statues of a 6-foot German Shepherd and a 3-foot Chihuahua (the breed of Dalluge’s two dogs) in a wheelchair, she said.