Marian Byrnes is a big reason why the whole southeast side
of the Chicagoland area is not a giant landfill. In her
retirement after being a Chicago school teacher, she became
an environmental spokeswoman advocating for clean air.
When she needed to move from her home to an assisted living
facility, she needed to find permanent homes for her 7 cats
and 1 dog. The cats were taken to PAWS and all found loving
homes. She was having difficulty finding a home for her
She contacted CSR and they agreed to take in her German
Shepherd Dog and find it a permanent loving home.
"Contessa" was fostered by Kathy Bartosiak. This small
pocket shepherd was frightened and confused and not sure
what to expect in the foster home of large shepherds. After
a few weeks of gentle coaching and reassurance from the
larger dogs, she started to relaxed and enjoy life.
In January, she was adopted by Divinia and her husband to
be. That was 4 + years ago. Marian was able to visit with
Contessa's new family and she was very happy to see how
Contessa enjoyed her new life.