WHAT IS CHICAGO PET PATROL? Chicago Pet Patrol, more commonly referred to as CPP, is a Chicago-based organization of consenting adults that are interested in engaging as human pups, pet role play, and handling said pups/pets.
HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO INTERACT WITH CHICAGO PET PATROL? Everyone comes to the table with a different amount of experience. We want to welcome the curious, the dabblers, the tenured, and everyone else in between regardless of their interests.
WHAT IF I’M SHY ABOUT INTERACTING? As it would so happen, a high percentage of our community is also shy. Odds are that most of us started out (or still are) in your shoes…paws…hooves…whatever you care to call your method of mobility. It takes a lot of courage to step out of your comfort zone, but taking small steps will eventually help you go far.
IS CHICAGO PET PATROL JUST FOR PUPPIES? Contrary to the high ratio of human pups to other ‘critters’ that regularly attend our functions, we are not a club of just human pups. We welcome all fuzzy friends no matter the size or species!
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO BECOME A MEMBER? Our membership structure has changed a lot over the years, however we have simplified our requirements to A) you must be 18+ years of age and B) you must pay annual dues associated with membership.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND A CERTAIN NUMBER OF EVENTS TO BECOME A MEMBER? No. However we’d encourage you to have attended a few of our official events before applying for membership.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT TO BECOME A MEMBER? There is no wait to become a Member—you may do so at any time! Once you submit your information and dues, the Board will process your application (within about 24-48 hours), granting you access to restricted website content. Application processing is a measure that we take to keep any ‘Nigerian princes’ or confused dog-walking services out of our system.
WHAT DO I GET FOR BECOMING A MEMBER? Our membership incentives change a little each year but most go unchanged. See what the current incentives are by selecting the membership option that would apply to you.
ONCE I BECOME A MEMBER, IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO DO? No. We’ll likely send you a few emails throughout the year to let you know about anything that concerns the club’s membership (e.g. policy changes, virtual polls, Business Meetings). However we’d encourage you to attend a few of our official events and keep in touch with our community via social media.
WHAT HAPPENED TO GENERAL, ASSOCIATE, AND FULL MEMBERSHIPS? Our tiered memberships were discontinued in 2017 in order to simplify our club in preparation for incorporating as a 501(c)(7).
WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT IF I’D LIKE TO LODGE A COMPLAINT OR AIR A GRIEVANCE ABOUT AN INDIVIDUAL TO THE CLUB’S OFFICERS? First, review our official Code of Conduct and Open Door Policy, both located on our Governance page. Details about whom to contact will be outlined via these documents. Let us know which of our club rules you feel have been violated and any immediate repercussions of the individual’s actions. We are typically able to better address problems when we have as much information as possible, so please try to be detailed.
WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION THAT WASN’T ANSWERED? That’s an excellent question! So excellent that we’re sure someone else likely has the same one but is being shy! Please email your question to Board@ChicagoPetPatrol.org and we’ll work to provide you with a response as quickly as we can. (It might even end up on this page!)