When it finally came to a career choice, Rachel Delaney just couldn’t ignore her dual passion for animals and for making a difference. At age 21, Delaney moved from Calumet City to Oak Park and sought a career in corporate America, working in a marketing position to promote the Chicago Marathon. That exposure to health-related issues took her into the health care field, first as an Emergency Medical Technician and then as a paramedic.
Nursing school came next at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, but Delaney found herself missing the contact with animals she had in her childhood home. “We took in stray dogs, and we had a chicken and a duck. They followed us wherever we went,” Delaney says with a chuckle.
Five years ago, while still attending nursing school, Delaney decided to move to Indiana specifically to volunteer at the Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster. The first day she volunteered at the shelter, a 14-year old black lab named Dora was brought in. Delaney decided immediately to foster the dog, taking her home and caring for the aged canine.
“She was with me six months. Unfortunately, she was eventually in so much pain, we had to put her down. I was so devastated,” Delaney recalls. Since then, Delaney has fostered many animals until they could find forever homes.
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