If your home and family can commit to caring for a cat or dog or other companion animal for many happy years to come, give yourself the gift of love by adopting a rescued pet this month. Here are a few events in the greater Chicago area this weekend and next:
TAILS Humane Society [(815) 758-2457 or email@example.com] invites you to adopt your next best friend at it Jingle Paws adoption event in Geneva Commons, between Loft and J.Jill. Adoptable pets will be there from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, December 8, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, December 9. You can choose between more than 50 dogs and puppies that TAILS and the Animal Care League have available for adoption.
The PAWS Chicago Pippen Fasseas Adoption Center at 1997 N. Clybourn Ave. Chicago, IL (773-935-7297) has special holiday hours this month, Mondays and Fridays from noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. But this weekend, from 11 a.m. Friday morning Dec. 7 through 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, PAWS Chicago holds an adoption marathon at the adoption center.
The Friends of DuPage County Animal Care & Control Foundation already held its annual Pictures with Santa Paws, this past Sunday at the DuPage County Animal Care & Control Shelter. More than 70 families and more than 100 animals showed up on that busy (and balmy) day. Around that time, they also announced that 60 DCACC animals were adopted 11/8 through 11/30/12, including five pairs of cats that found homes together. In addition, 55 animals from DCACC got placed out to one of these rescue organizations during the same time: 4H Warrenville; A.D.O.P.T.; ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation); Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois; Control Force Canine; Critter Camp; Fur Angels Animal Sanctuary; Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue (Grand Haven, MI); HELP; Illinois Bulldog Rescue; Naperville Area Humane Society; Purrs Naperville; Simply Shepherds Rescue; Small Paws Bichon Rescue (Tulsa, OK); St. Sophia Forgotten Felines; Strays Halfway House; Tails Humane Society; TLC Animal Shelter; Wishbone Rescue. By placing out adoptable animals, DCACC keeps its residents from having to experience overcrowded facilities and gives all the animals that pass through its doors the best possible chance to find good homes. Oh, and the Friends of DCACC Facebook status just today assures us all that they still have kittens!
Pet photos with Santa
Speaking of photos with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 8, A.D.O.P.T. sponsors Santa photos at Pet Supplies Plus Naperville North, 720 E. Ogden Ave., from noon to 3 p.m. Photos can be taken of you, your pet, or both for a small donation. E-Pictures are free with your donation and will be available on Facebook. Some of A.D.O.P.T.'s adoptable dogs and cats will be there for you to meet, too. The normal adoption application process applies so don’t expect to take your choice home with you that same day.
Also, the Mysterious & Reassuring resale shop (9701 Franklin Ave, Franklin Park IL) is having an all-pets-welcome photo-with-Santa event on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 1-5. Pet photographer Kate Quinn donates her services, so all proceeds from basic $10 5x7 photo prints go to the Wet Nose Pet Food Pantry. If you want to purchase additional prints, half of that money will also go to purchase pet supplies for the pantry. The organizers suggest calling 847.451.1703 for a reservation, but drop-ins can also be accommodated.
Visit the farm animals
Add a visit to Kline Creek Farm (1N600 County Farm Rd., West Chicago, Illinois) to your family holiday traditions: A week from today, Saturday, December 15, you can experience Christmas on the Farm, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Spend the afternoon celebrating the spirit of the season—and, for the hardier souls, checking out the sheep, cows and horses in the barn and paddocks. To warm up, visit the farm house decked in greens and take in the sights and smells of holiday preparation as well as taking part in traditional carols, a cozy warming fire, and hot apple cider. The Timber Ridge Visitor Center at the edge of the parking area is a good place to find that unique last-minute gift and to visit with Father Christmas, on your way in or out. Don't forget your camera, so you can take a photo in his sleigh! This is a free event, but your own companion animals need to stay home unless they are service dogs.