About Our Rescue Team
Renee Harvey - Owner, Founder, and President of R&R Sanctuary
As a self-proclaimed Biocentric, I firmly believe that we all need to live our lives to better the entire world we live in. This includes seeing all the creatures of this world as equal; we all deserve love and respect, and with opening A Little R&R I believe we will be able to make a greater impact on the lives of many that would face a life on the streets or worse, death. I have been married since 2006, and my husband is an absolute saint for putting up with my addiction to the rescue world. We personally own 3 dogs and 2 cats, and just welcomed our baby girl this year. We have a constant revolving door for all my rescues. My little zoo welcomes each animal with open arms! My goal for 2018 is to begin the process of building a physical facility for our sanctuary. This will be a safe haven for all those animals that need a place to call home. You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Little R&R Animal Sanctuary Inc is happy to join the animal-loving community to help make a difference in the lives of pets both locally and internationally. R&R Sanctuary is currently operating as a small foster-based rescue with the ability to pull from several high-kill shelters, provide licensed foster homes, and adopt to verified individuals. We are a 501c3 NONPROFIT.
Our mission is to provide sanctuary for forgotten, unloved, and un-cared for animals in the form of foster homes.
It is our goal that the foster home serves as a temporary placement until a proper forever home is found. We aim to provide education about pet care and an understanding that pets are a lifetime commitment. We promote population control by spaying and neutering our pets as well as requiring resident pets to be sterilized prior to adoption.
Our current focus is dogs and cats and occasional small creatures.
Our vision is to have a positive impact on animal welfare and reduce the number of unwanted pets.
R&R Sanctuary plans to operate a facility to offer life-long sanctuary to animals who are less adoptable or cannot be placed. We will continue to use fosters homes to save the lives of animals as we believe a home environment is best. We hope to expand our network and become well-known and respectable within the rescue community. We hope to have an impact on decreasing the euthanasia rate in the Chicagoland area in order to help Chicago become a No-Kill city.
It would be a pleasure to someday be able to care for farm animals as well as small pets since we respect all animals lives.
We are a rescue. We do not simply house animals but provide a nurturing home.
We are No-Kill. No healthy, treatable, rehabilitate animals will be euthanized. Any pet that has issues outside our capability or experience will be transferred to another rescue with whom we have reached an agreeable understanding for the pets care.
We care about all animals. We rescue locally, nationally and internationally - all lives matter. Also, most members within our board follow a humane, local or vegan diet.
We are very serious about life-long commitments. Once an animal crosses our doors, our commitment is to resume responsibility for the entirety of its life. We fulfill this by requiring the pet to come back to us if re-homing is necessary and providing the adopters with any addition support or advice throughout the lifetime of the pet.
We are strong advocates for pet sterilization.
Renee first started A Little R&R Animal Sanctuary while attending medical school on a Caribbean island with poor animal welfare. Having been an avid animal lover prior to this experience and on the journey back to Chicago, she rescued numerous dogs, cats, and even goats! Renee officially opened A Little R&R Animal Sanctuary in April 2014.
From there we were able to build our small board - full of people who love animals and share our passion to save as many as we can. We have become partners with several high-kill shelters throughout the states, enabling us to pull pets - and transport teams to help us. We have a growing foster network and conducted almost 50 adoptions in 2017.
We rely on your donations to keep us running and to continue to rescue more pets.
License number: 14717
We are incorporated and recently gained our 501c3 NONPROFIT STATUS!!
Meet Our Team
Hannah Evanson - Director of Volunteers
It has been a life long dream of mine to rescue animals. Every year, since I was about 12, the first thing on my Christmas list was a dog. Sometimes my mom would even humor me by taking me to the local animal shelter, but when it came down to it she would always say "when you have a house of your own." I was determined to get out and finally have my very own dog. I bought my house and about a month later I brought home my baby boy, a 160 pound Bull Mastiff named Titan. Now with that dream being accomplished, I am now working towards buying a big enough piece of land so I can help save more animals with a sanctuary of my own. I am so happy to have found Renee, and everyone here at A Little R&R. They have brought me closer to not only my dream, but everyone else's on this board, and all the amazing animals we have helped save. Being able to contribute to this organization has been so rewarding and I am determined to open up the world of rescue to others. If you are interested in volunteering in anyway please contact me at !
Lisa Watson - Social Media Coordinator
Lisa is fully house trained and will listen to most commands! Trained in the art of social media her mission is to get as many babies to their forever homes! Lisa is in her 30s and is an en excellent mother to 1 human and 2 fur babies. Lisa's husband is also very supportive of all her adventures.
Felicia Kitzman - Director of Operations
Ever since I can remember, animals have been my soul purpose for life. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that has always been supportive of my crazy dreams and has allowed me to grow up with dogs, cats, rabbits and horses. I first was introduced to the rescue world when I adopted my own furbaby, Hank, from a rescue in Milwaukee, WI. Hank opened up a whole new world for me; from showing me how important it is to adopt and rescue, to keeping me sane through college. I began working with A Little R&R when I moved back home from college. I had always dreamed of opening my own rescue but then I found these girls that have the same hopes and dreams that I do! It started small with just getting a few friends to adopt Anguillans through them and then I became more and more involved. I'm so thankful to be apart of this amazing rescue! The board is amazing and I can't wait to continue saving more furbabies! You can contact me at !
Eli and Ashley Quintanilla - Directors of Fundraising