The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Chicago 2017, March 18-19

Realtors to the Rescue

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Realtors® to the Rescue is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. RTTR was founded in 2005 by Suzy Thomas, a REALTOR® from Dreamtown.

Originally, Suzy’s vision was to empower REALTORS® to find homes for pets in need. The organization has since expanded its efforts, and now, in addition to pairing pets and owners, it supports shelters and pet rescue organizations. We are not a shelter or rescue organization. Rather, we are a volunteer-run, charitable service organization.

An enormous boost came in 2009, when RTTR was chosen as one of the official programs of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. Through this partnership, and with the assistance of a strong network of volunteers, RTTR has broadened its charitable reach and magnified its successes.

What new functionality we are looking for

Realtors to the Rescue is looking to upgrade our current website to be more user friendly and to create awareness of the high percentage of abused, neglected and homeless animals throughout the Chicago area. The current website does not tell the true meaning of RTTR's mission, nor does it showcase the many animals, shelters and rescue's that we support and volunteer our time too. Our goal is to have the ability to update our website with daily/weekly information such as pictures, articles of interest, updates of the many animals RTTR assists, upcoming events and the prominent display of our generous sponsors.

How the new functionality will help

Chicago is poised to become the first large No Kill City in the United States. We are working closely with the City Council and other advocacy groups to make this happen. A more functional website would help us raise more funds to support our community outreach in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods. This past year we participated in 4 free veterinary pet clinics in Englewood, Brighton Park Pullman and North Chicago. We helped fund chips, tags and collars/leashes for 1600 animals. These efforts will greatly affect the Return To Owner Rate (RTO) thus keeping animals out of the shelters. We hope to expand this outreach in 2017. Having a more functional website would allow us to raise more money and find more volunteers to help promote this important program.

How our organization will use the technology

The new functionality would allow us to obtain new donations, memberships and sponsorship's on a daily basis. We currently utilize social media to help spread our mission daily. We currently do not promote our website on social media because it does not show how we truly help the plight of homeless animals. Once they click on our website we don't want them to leave with out doing one of the following, become a member, become an RTTR volunteer, make a donation or become a sponsor. Our hope is for them to see through our website how much they can make a difference in an abused, neglected or homeless animals life. We are there only voice!

Who will use the technology

This functionality will be used by all of the RTTR Board members. Part of the Board members responsibilities includes helping to increase RTTR's donations, volunteers, memberships and sponsorship's. Our Director of Marketing will have the ability to add daily postings of articles of interest, updates on animals who we are assisting, post pictures and add events.

The benefits will be in having a website that is user friendly and that will allow us to continue to tell each animals stories through pictures and updates and increase memberships and donations.

Those who will really benefit from the new functionality of our new website will be the fur babies in need.

Before & After Snapshots

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50 Messages from Supporters

2017-02-25 14:08:25 UTC

By awarding RTTR a new website your helping to save animals. Help RTTR save animals. Do the right thing! They are a great organization who do great things! They deserve it!

2017-02-25 14:08:56 UTC

By awarding RTTR a new website your helping to save animals. Help RTTR save animals. Do the right thing! They are a great organization who do great things! They deserve it!

2017-02-11 01:30:01 UTC
Susan Tetrault

RTTR is a very hopeful organization. I have been a supporter for the last 2 years. As a Realtor it makes me proud to be associated with this dedicated group.

2017-02-24 15:33:53 UTC
Nichole Creek

Choose Realtors to the Rescue! They deserve it!!! <3

2017-02-24 15:52:09 UTC
Kelly Kircher

The RTTR organization could really benefit from a website facelift. This would allow them to better feature the animals that need a forever home. And it would allow users easy access to each and every animal. I hope you will consider them for this upgrade!

2017-02-12 21:36:21 UTC
Justin Miller

RTTR deserves an updated site that can quickly and easily convey the power and magnitude of their effort. A site which reflects their story while being compelling enough to keep viewers engaged is key to their success. This is a fantastic organization and truly deserves this!

2017-02-11 15:45:35 UTC
Theresa C Montano

RTTR is an outstanding organization. They are committed, loyal and dedicated to the cause. From hosting an event to rounding up leashes and collars they are dynamic and result driven. They have been a great support to the shelters neediest animals and a true friend of Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control. Please choose RTTR!

2017-02-12 01:12:42 UTC
Ruth Garcia

I came accross RTTR about 2 years ago while researching for pet friendly housing. Suzy Thomas and her staff are always so welcoming, open to listen and willing to help out. Chicago is very lucky to have an organization like this one benefiting so many animals in need.

2017-02-10 20:22:56 UTC

I have been involved for over a year with Realtors to the Rescue and have been very pleased with what this organization has to offer. We are a group of volunteers that care for the plight of both homeless Dogs and Cats located in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. The list of shelters/rescues continues to grow as we are contacted OR learn through social media of those in need of help. We raise funds through awesome sponsors/supporters that have a heart of gold to help our "furry friends" find a home or help pay for vets bills. If it weren't for the support of our community we wouldn't be able to do what we do.

I can testify that we are a group of dedicated volunteers of which are not just busy Realtors but also members that are affiliated with the Real Estate market ie. Lenders, Attorneys, Builders, Inspectors, Title Companies and simply, Animal Lovers.

We have helped hundreds of animals with chip and tag events. Donated time at shelters, adoption drives along with supplying food, leashes and helped locate fosters to help those animals regain new life.

We have set though goals this year, not only to continue to support those we have in the past, but are planning to add new geographical areas to help other homeless dogs and or cats in need.

If you are looking to get involved with an organization I implore you to join our group, Realtors to the Rescue.
Thank you

2017-02-10 20:23:13 UTC
Susan Taney

Lost Dogs Illinois has been very lucky to develop a working relationship with Realtors to the Rescues. The new future of sheltering is to become a recourse center for the community. RTTR understands this new concept by joining forces with LDI by reuniting dogs with their families. RTTR also donates to LDI to keep dogs in their homes by providing supplies such as collars/harnesses/leashes and microchips for Free Health Fairs.

2017-02-10 21:23:01 UTC
Tina Wallace

I have worked with RTTR since Suzy Thomas founded this wonderful Organization.We have a long standing relationship and as the Founder of Barriers Against Repeated Cruelty, BARC Chicago, I am happy to say RTTR has supported BARC so we could sponsor animals in immediate need to save their lives. RTTR and BARC have joined forces on situations needing urgent attention and have been great team players
This is a great organization and I am thankful of our join efforts to save lives!
Thank you RTTR!

2017-02-10 20:57:20 UTC
Jakeeva Lee

REALTORS to the RESCUE is a premier example of making a difference within a city! I am always impressed with the dedication, love and heartfelt desire this organization brings towards housing local, homeless animals. Each year, they tirelessly raise thousands of dollars, all for the benefit of housing animals and supporting local shelters. To have an organization that you can contact when a property owner abandons their property along with their pet on the property, or when a realtor has a client who is moving out of town and is looking to find a new home for their pet, along with many more scenarios, RTTR is incredibly helpful to all. RTTR is truly an invaluable and effective organization within the real estate community who makes a difference within our entire city!

2017-02-10 21:52:49 UTC
Jenny Schlueter

Realtors to the Rescue has been an invaluable partner to Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC). They have helped with everything from sponsoring medical care for animals with special needs to ensure their opportunity for rescue or adoption, sponsoring kitten kits for bottle babies during kitten season, volunteering for adoption and outreach events, and fittingly, taking the lead on our Return to Owner Initiatives by donating collars, leashes and I.D. tags for all animals who are adopted or returned to their owners from CACC. They are strategic and responsible with how they allocate their resources. They consistently demonstrate professionalism and enthusiasm for helping CACC improve outcomes to help the most animals.

2017-02-11 02:51:37 UTC

This is a great group of passionate animal loving people. I love volunteering and being part of the adoption process. To be present when a child's face lights up upon finding "the one" and then watching the new family addition trot off with their new family is fabulous. Bringing people and animals together is most gratifying.

2017-02-11 02:53:41 UTC
Kara Bergland

Realtors to the Rescue has been an active supporter of the Chicago rescue community. They have been a consistent benefactor to Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control (FCACC) and have provided needed supplies to CACC that contributed to the health and well-being of the cats and dogs there. They have unique and entertaining fundraisers that range from baseball to black tie. RTTR is a solid group of caring individuals that helps the rescue community where there is a need.

2017-02-11 02:21:52 UTC

I can't say enough about this organization and the people I've met inside it who are so committed to helping animals and shelters in need. From the first time I attended an event I was in admiration of the love and commitment that I saw from it's members. They also made me feel very welcome like an old friend returning from out of town! Plus I never knew how many people and how many shelters were actually out there trying to make a difference! It was an eye opener to say the least. Needless to say, I was immediately drawn to their side to try and do my part. In working several events I found myself in awe as to how generous various people, businesses and companies have been towards this cause! It truly is heartwarming to see how many people actually care about helping to give these animals the chance at a quality life! I salute all the shelters and people who are out there doing their part as well! Never give up this noble cause good people!! It must also be said just how much fun and how classy some of these events have actually been!!! Do yourself a favor and check out one of the fund raising events and see for yourself how much fun you can actually have while contributing to one of the best causes that I can think of! I can't wait to see everyone again at the next Cubbies outing! Go RTTR!!!!!

2017-02-11 02:38:57 UTC

I have been involved with Realtors to the Rescue for the past 3 years. The love and dedication that this organization has for animals in need goes beyond what you can imagine. Most importantly, before I became involved with RTTR, I had no idea exactly how many animals are abused, neglected and homeless. They have opened my eyes to to the reality of puppy mills and the abuse that happens to these poor animals. The dedication they have in trying to assist in helping Chicago become a "No Kill" city and helping CACC whenever they can is one of the many reason I am a member. RTTR has helped so many animals and I proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization. With that being said they deserve to win this challenge so that they can increase the amount of animals in need.

2017-02-11 11:23:56 UTC
Charlie Propsom

RTTR is dynamite organization with good people focused on taking positive action to make a difference for the neediest animals in our city. They have been friends of Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control since their very earliest days, willing to do anything to help--from providing hands-on volunteers for our events to taking on raising the money to support the purchase of needed equipment for the city shelter. We whole heartedly support them in their quest for a new and improved website. You couldn't close a more worthy of well run organization to benefit from your work!

2017-02-11 16:23:22 UTC
Glynnis Johnson

RTTR is an extraordinary volunteer based organization. They are extremely passionate about their mission in helping to support as many animal shelters in the Chicagoland area, as well as helping to support other leaders in moving Chicago towards becoming a "No Kill" city. They are also an invaluable resource to the real estate community. As Brokers, we sometimes come across situations where pet's have been left behind in the homes that we show. Realtors to the Rescue was literally able to come to my rescue in December, when I was about to close on one of my listings. The day of the final walk through, I found that the previous tenants still had their 2 cats in the home because their new landlord wouldn't allow pets. I was devastated. I called several shelters in the city and none of them were able to take them. I feared that the tenants were going to put the cats out onto the street. Being a huge cat lover, I couldn't let that happen. I reached out to RTTR and with their relationship with a local shelter, they were able to make a sizeable donation to help this shelter take in the cats. Without RTTR, this situation may not have had a happy ending.

Realtors to the Rescue truly deserves to win this challenge. They work hard in their fundraising efforts and do all they can to donate as much as possible to support local animal shelters. A revamp of their website would be a tremendous help to them, as well as to all of the many homeless fur babies in the shelters they help to support.

2017-02-11 17:58:01 UTC
Debbie Maue

As the Immediate Past President of Realtors(R) to the Rescue, I can attest to the fact that our volunteers work tirelessly to support the shelters and rescues throughout Chicago. These shelters & rescue groups have come to rely on us for our financial support. As well, our advocacy and support efforts in Chicago communities, especially those which are under served. We work with the Alderman and groups such as Lost Dogs Illinois to promote responsible ownership and support the dog owners themselves.
An updated website would allow RTTR to continue our efforts and assist the communities we serve exponentially. As well as, offer a resource to owners and those in the community with animal welfare needs.

2017-02-11 16:33:25 UTC
Carrie Nutter

Realtors To The Rescue (RTTR) plays such a vital role in the community and beyond! RTTR helps so many grassroots organizations help animals, helps promote the importance of the human-animal bond and helps educate individuals on how to empower themselves by helping others (both animal and human). This group has evolved to help respond to the changing needs of the community and continues to remain progressive in its mission.

2017-02-11 18:51:37 UTC

This organization is so passionate about it's mission that is makes me proud to be a supporter. It is 100% volunteer run. They work tirelessly to support numerous shelters and rescue groups throughout the Chicagoland area giving of their time to raise money and awareness about the plight of homeless animals. The money they raise is crucial to many rescue groups and shelters. In addition to fund raising they reach out to undeserved communities working through local aldermen to provide education on responsible pet ownership and offer free chipping and tagging to residents. Winning an upgrade for the website would be a blessing! This would give them the opportunity to be more effective in their out reach and fundraising efforts. It would truly be a win win for all!

2017-02-11 16:08:51 UTC

RTTR is a true grass roots organization. An all volunteer organization it's amazing what theyou do for the neediest pets (and their humans) in Chicago. Full details raising for shelters, no kill programs, and even individual animals in need. They seem to do it all.

2017-02-11 17:02:31 UTC
Allison Newman

This organization is often the first line of support for animals abandoned in homes. They do incredible work for the rescue community and they deserve this new website.

2017-02-11 22:18:39 UTC

I have worked with Realtors to the Rescue for the past several years. I am proud to be a part of such a compassionate and dedicated group of people. They work tirelessly to help the shelters and Rescue's in the Chicago area. They truly deserve to win a new website.

2017-02-11 22:23:52 UTC

This is a wonderful organization who truly deserves to win a new website. I ask that you consider them and know that you would be helping them to have the ability to help many more animals.

2017-02-11 22:47:24 UTC

Best of luck to The Realtors to the Rescue group in getting a new website! I wish you the best! I attended the last 2 black tie events that your organization had downtown to raise money for the shelters and rescues and the generosity was incredible. There needs to be more people like your members in the world! Thanks to your contributors too for helping out the cats and dogs in the area! You guys rock!!!!

2017-02-11 22:47:56 UTC

RTTR is always there for shelters and rescues when in need. They never disappoint the animals. Please make the right decision and pick them for receiving a new website. The animals are depending on it. Thank you.

2017-02-12 17:18:23 UTC

Realtor's to the Rescue is such a deserving organization. What better way to feel good inside as well as outside for contributing to such a great cause. Thank you for considering them! Good Luck, Realtor's to the Rescue!

2017-02-12 19:05:40 UTC
Ashley Brown

By creating a more user friendly and functional website for RTTR you will literally help save lives. This is a deserving organization helping those who can't help themselves. The more visibility this group can get for their cause and the animals they're helping, the more animals will be saved from abuse, neglect, and unsafe conditions. Thank you for considering this very deserving group!

2017-02-12 23:47:34 UTC
BrigetteAnn Valliant

RTTR is an amazing organization that is making a difference everyday. Finding animals a safe home or shelter and getting the word out to the community is what they do best. Not only downtown but in the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs encouraging individuals to even donate any old, toys, blankets, towels and having stations so they can do drop offs at various shelters in need. Its amazing what they are doing!!

2017-02-13 00:49:07 UTC
Allison English

This group is truly fantastic! Their board members care so much for the well-being of animals and are so involved in each and every activity of the organization. I know that this charity could benefit so much from improved functionality of their website and that they truly deserve the help to continue this amazing work with animals. Thanks for all you do RTTR!!! Looking forward to continuing to support your efforts in the years to come!!

2017-02-13 01:05:57 UTC
Elizabeth Muscare

This is a great organization. It came about because of the animals left behind when we had that economic melt down. They help those who cannot help themselves. A new website would help them plus the money saved could be used for the animals instead.

2017-02-13 01:06:04 UTC
Elizabeth Muscare

This is a great organization. It came about because of the animals left behind when we had that economic melt down. They help those who cannot help themselves. A new website would help them plus the money saved could be used for the animals instead.

2017-02-13 15:51:04 UTC
Joe M

I fully support everything this organization does! A website is the first stop and in most cases the primary external facing portal for an organization. This charity could really benefit from being able to tell their story through an excellent web presence.

2017-02-13 22:39:25 UTC
Sara J. McMurray

Chicago must become a No Kill City! With the help of RTTR it will happen. And with a better website that is friendlier and easier to navigate, it will happen SOONER! On behalf of our four-legged friends who deserve the loving homes that are waiting for them...please choose RTTR for a website makeover!

2017-02-13 20:20:45 UTC
Kaitlyn S

Drawing an interest requires drawing a viewers eyes. Seeing love and compassion on a website for helping homeless animals, Realtor's to the Rescue wants to show its viewers. Hoping you see what charitable efforts Realtors to the Rescue have to offer and commitment they have for these animals. I hope you choose them for a new makeover. Helping them with the eye appeal to grab the interest of many other animal loving charitable people.

2017-02-13 20:30:04 UTC
Mo Halaoui

RTTR is in need of an updated aesthetic to not only generate more interest and awareness but to also maintain and grow that awareness. As a manager of a very pet friendly building, seeing the connection between pet and owner only solidifies that RTTR is providing us with an invaluable service!

2017-02-15 18:27:33 UTC
Kelly Hayes

The RTTR is a very impressive organization. The time and effort put in by all involved in this organization is quite amazing. It warms my heart to hear the numbers of animals whose lives have been saved just by The Realtors to the Rescue. I think a new website would be very beneficial in helping to grow those numbers and keep this organization moving in the right direction.

2017-02-24 14:29:39 UTC
Cynthia Draper Hill

An animal lover,mom to 3 rescues including 2 bully breeds,I,a Realtor,have not been actively involved with RTTR as I should be but appreciate their work and efforts in this important work. I appreciate hearing what they are doing. But they really need help with their site. One could not find a better group with a greater need! Go RTTR!

2017-02-24 15:36:07 UTC

Realtors to the Rescue is such a worthy and deserving organization. The members are so very passionate about their mission and I couldn't imagine a charity who is more deserving of this website "facelift." Please choose this wonderful group!

2017-02-24 16:27:53 UTC

Realtors to the rescue deserves to win this contest. The group is very passionate about the welfare of animals and finding help for all pets that need it. A visual makeover to their website will allow then to broaden their viewers and get their message out to so many more people in a way that they couldn't before. Please help them! It's for the animals!!!

2017-02-24 16:05:56 UTC
Cassondra Collins

Realtors to the rescue does so much amazing work for all the fur babies that need love! I really hope they win this contest. All the humans behind the organization work so hard and have such big, generous, amazing hearts! They deserve it and if all their little animal friends could talk, they'd tell you that too! :-)

2017-02-24 17:54:06 UTC
Phil Gould

RTTR is a super group of volunteers that engages the community beyond the real estate industry.

2017-02-24 16:28:10 UTC

Realtors to the Rescue is an organization that has greatly benefited the community. The volunteers within this program are truly dedicated to helping animals. Their passion and support for the cause has brought hope that these animals will be given the greatest care and love they deserve. Because of their hardwork and determination to better the lives of these animals, their website deserves a facelift. To have this opportunity would allow them to reach a larger community outside of Chicago, allowing more animals to find their forever home. This charity is like none other and this opportunity could have an amazing impact for those without a voice!

2017-02-25 02:14:18 UTC
Lesli Morrow

RTTR has the potential to serve so many in need. A well functioning website would increase their abilities immensely. I really hope they will win this contest sonar they can reach more people and rescue more lives.

2017-02-25 04:17:00 UTC
Joyce Okal

As Realtors we know that the Internet is the way of the world. The ease of a fantastic website is critical in encouraging others to help with the cause. If it's not compelling people simply might pass it by. Please consider them, it really could save an animals life.

2017-02-25 04:22:08 UTC
R. E. Brunner

I am honored to be associated with RTTR! I am glad to see such support for this organization. I certainly hope you can get the website a facelift to show more videos and pictures of the animals and their stories! Plus it would be nice to also feature various supporters who kindly contribute and organizations that provide the day to day service to these dogs and cats who are waiting on another chance!!

2017-02-25 04:30:14 UTC
Deborah Lachman

Realtors to the Rescue and its volunteers work tirelessly to raise money to help the many shelters, rescues and communities in the Chicago area. With the various fundraising events held throughout the year we rely on our website to attract volunteers, donations and memberships. The website needs to show case all the many ways we help the animals in need in hopes that others will want to share in our mission to help homeless animals. Having a new website would help us to increase sponsorships, memberships and help in educating the public on various issues relating to the abuse and neglect of so many animals. I ask that you strongly consider RTTR to for this amazing gift of a website.

2017-02-25 04:51:45 UTC

Why should RTTR win a new website? It's simple, it's the love, passion and dedication of each volunteer who donates their time to help as many animals as they can, but they need other tools like the website to help them. The website is the life line to so many avenues of help. By awarding them a new website you will be helping RTTR to save lots of animals. I am sure all of the other nonprofits deserve to win but I can tell you that there are no other more deserving than the RTTR volunteers who give their blood, sweat and tears to save these helpless animals every day. Choose RTTR for the love of the animals!

Our Mission

Our mission is to mobilize the REALTOR® community to address and impact the plight of homeless pets.