When I started ALIVE Rescue, I made a promise to myself and our community. ALIVE Rescue's mission was to rescue dogs and cats that were at risk for euthanasia from Chicago open access shelters. As long as Chicago was NOT no-kill, we would do our part to help dogs and cats locally. In March of 2018 everything changed. Canine influenza (CI) entered our shelters. We were no longer able to rescue dogs locally and bring them to our adoption center, The Little Barn. We were also no longer able to rescue dogs and place them into our foster homes. Due to the highly contagious nature of CI, we had to re-think how we did rescue.