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Hope grew up in Alton in the home that is now Jackson House. She left her job as a reference librarian in the Chicago area to open Jackson House in 1993. She loves dogs, is a voracious reader, and enjoys visiting friends and family in Chicago, New Orleans, and Phoenix.

Sadie is a long-haired dachshund who came to live at Jackson House from a Riverbend Area shelter in August 2004. She loves to run and jump and enjoys watching the world go by from her special lookout point on the fire escape landing.

Roxie is a vivacious Shih tzu who came from the Riverbend Animal Shelter to live at Jackson House in August 2006 and immediately became best friends with Greta and Sadie. After a demanding day of begging for people food and turning up her tiny nose at healthy dog food, "Rox the Fox" likes to relax in the "frog legs" position characteristic of her limber breed

Greenly became the new Jackson House dog who was adopted from the Riverbend Animal Shelter at the end of March 2013. She is a sleek min pin mix who quickly became friends with Sadie and Roxie. She is a voracious eater and burns up those calories running up and down the fire escape and playing race track with Sadie.

Hope and Friends


H.C. is a gracious bronze dachshund created by Joy Kroeger Beckner of Chesterfield MO. She has that rare combination of qualities: elegance and low maintenance, requiring only an occasional dusting to preserve her loveliness.


Honorary Furry Founder Greta 1999-2013 Greta left this earth on December 13, 2013. We all miss her very much but are quite sure that she is singing with the angels.


The Jackson House ladies, who are always enthusiastically greeted by Sadie, Roxie, and Greenly, get together for a "girls' night out" at holiday time and just whenever we feel like it.

hope and friends

I t seems to us that the house has a soothing, charming personality of its own. Certainly, there is a sense of peace and timelessness about the place that melts away twenty-first century cares and concerns. As soon as you arrive you'll see what we mean, and you'll leave refreshed and relaxed.

barn in winter


Jackson House
1821 Seminary Street
Alton, Illinois 62002

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