About Our Rescue Team

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


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 have 2 dogs, 1 cat, and lots of chickens. We welcomed our baby girl into our lives in 2018 and she was the best addition to our little family! We have a constant revolving door for all my rescues. My little zoo welcomes each animal with open arms!


My goal for 2022 into 2023 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 renee@rr-sanctuary.org