Founded in 2008, a group of friends started a dog rescue out of their apartment that would go on to become One Tail at a Time dog rescue. One Tail takes in dogs and cats from other shelters while providing them with the best care possible. This rescue group saves the lives of hundreds of dogs and cats each year, with a wonderful and heartwarming cause!

From a simple passion for saving less fortunate pets, the founders of One Tail at a Time have built a place of love, nurturing, and peace for pets that would otherwise be left behind by the hustle and bustle of a sprawling major city.

Impressive rescue efforts

In 2015, the current adoption center opened in Bucktown. Fast forward 4 years to 2019 and One Tail at a Time has rescued 975 dogs and kittens in a single year! The dogs at the rescue center can learn obedience and training from their close to 2,000 volunteers. 

The rescue has several dogs available for adoption, including pit bulls, chihuahuas, beagles, huskies, boxers, and more! Not ready to permanently adopt? You can volunteer to foster some fur kids as well. 

A deeper commitment to the cause

One Tail at a Time is proud to announce that soon all vet care will be in-house! Every single dog and cat rescued needs above-average vet attention, and now all pets won’t need to wait months for a spay, neuter, or other care, allowing them to go up for adoption much faster.

Connecting with One Tail at a Time dog rescue

First, take a look at their stellar Yelp page for success stories of dogs and cats finding their forever homes. One Tail at a Time is also very active and highly responsive on their social media, including Facebook and Twitter

How you can help

To get involved with the rescue center, even if you don’t own a pet, volunteer your time at One Tail, or donate your old crate. One Tail at a Time has a donation wishlist you can find at 

Or you can donate directly at

Visiting Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood 

Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood is located east of the Logan Square community area in Chicago, directly north of Wicker Park, and northwest of the Loop. It is also directly to the west of Lincoln Park. Its namesake comes from its rich cultural heritage dating back to 19th-century Polish immigrant farming and the tendency to keep and raise goats. 

Impressive and long-standing Polish Catholic churches feature striking architecture, while local cuisine is heavily influenced by Polish staples such as sausage and beer. Starting in the 1960s, Bucktown saw an influx of Latino influence via the arrival of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and later Mexican immigrants. The resulting melting pot offers a fascinating look at the history of Chicago as a whole, and how multiple ethnic backgrounds can come together to form a community.

If you are thinking about visiting Bucktown, make sure you don’t miss the “significant shopping district on Damen Avenue, extending north from North Avenue (in Wicker Park) to Webster Avenue. The neighborhood is readily accessible via the Blue Line and has multiple access points to the elevated Bloomingdale Trail, also known as the 606.” (Wikipedia

Thinking of moving to the Bucktown area? You will find the convenience of Wicker Park with a slightly quieter and more family-friendly feel. Bordering Wicker to its north and northwest, Bucktown offers more single-family homes and quieter streets that are great for families and young professionals alike.

Connecting with Leslie

If you are interested in learning more about my business, interested in being featured on Windy City Wednesdays, or thinking of moving to or within Chicago, feel free to reach out! I can give you insider tips on each Chicago neighborhood, or take you through available listings and local happenings throughout the city of Chicago.


Need help with Chicago home shopping? Need to move to a new place quickly? Leslie has over 20 years of experience in Chicago and knows the nuances of every Chicago neighborhood. Contact her today for advice, connects to professionals, or if you plan to sell soon. If you are relocating, or just need staging tips, Leslie has you covered!