Name: Christine Nendick
Where do you live? Born and raised in Chicago!
How old are you? A very, very late twenty-something. I turn 30 in May!
What is Rescue in Style?
Rescue in Style is a new kind of platform to show off trends and adoptable dogs. Every post features either adoptable dogs or dogs that were rescued.
What is your goal/mission?
The goal is to spread awareness of all the adoptable dogs in Chicago and across the US. The fashion portion is meant to introduce a new audience to the world of rescue.
How did you come up with the idea for Rescue in Style and when did you start your blog? Almost a year ago I was scrolling through Instagram and noticed sometimes fashion bloggers would feature their dogs. I loved this idea and immediately saw an opportunity for rescue dogs. I’ve volunteered at shelters throughout my life and wanted to be able to do more to get them into homes faster.
What are some of your favorite cruelty free fashion brands and do you find it difficult to shop cruelty free?
I love Matt and Nat, they make beautiful vegan leather handbags at affordable prices. I also recently purchased a Hoodlamb coat that is made from eco-friendly materials and has kept me so warm through the Chicago winter! My favorite trick is to shop through ASOS and check the “non-leather” filter when looking for shoes and accessories. It definitely takes a little bit of research, in the beginning, to shop cruelty-free, but it’s so worth it! There are many wonderful companies doing amazing things for our four-legged friends.
Of course all rescues have a place in your heart, are there any stories you would like to share?
Oh, that’s a tough one! The ones that stick with me though are the underdogs. I will never forget Alice from Famous Fido. She was used for breeding and simply left in a backyard when her “owners” found her no longer useful. She was blind and had mammary tumors, but through it all, she was the sweetest thing. Alice found her forever home recently and I was so happy at that news!
What are some of your favorite ways to get the community involved in rescuing and what are ways everyone can help?
I love hosting events for shelters to come and show off their adoptable pets. I think there’s still a huge stigma that rescue dogs are damaged, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! They have stories and perspective and little quirks that make them unique and I love when people see that.
When someone asks me what they can do to help dogs (and cats!) in the rescue world, I always say the following:
Adopt, and if you can’t adopt, then foster. And if you can’t foster, then volunteer. If you can’t volunteer then donate, and if you can’t donate, then advocate. No matter what your talents and abilities are, there is a way for you to help your local shelter. Start by contacting them and seeing how you can best support their mission in helping homeless pets.