Just as with other pet rescue organizations, The Anti-Cruelty Society (TACS) in Chicago, Illinois has dove in head first with events both for the pet owner and of course, for the adoptable pets themselves. Already on January 2nd they conducted a Working Through Pet Loss Seminar.
Today from 9:00 a.m. until Noon, they held a Pet First Aid and CPR Class. Until you are put into a situation where your pet requires emergency aid, you will not realize just how useful that a class of this degree truly is.
The American Red Cross actually has an authorized instructor that visits various pet locations to teach the appropriate pet saving techniques; emphasis on canines and felines. As opposed to the resuscitating Annie or resuscitating babies, the instructor supplied resuscitating dogs and cats. This way the students got to practice on lifelike manikins as opposed to their actual pets.
The class length was three hours and cost $50. Included in that fee was of course the actual class, the course materials, a pet emergency planner plus pet emergency stickers. After the course was complete, the students were offered the ability to purchase The Dog First Aid book and DVD set and The Cat First Aid book and DVD set. The sets cost $17 each and were available while supplies lasted.
The class was held at The Anti-Cruelty Society Education and Training Center located at 169 West Grand Avenue.
On that same day, Frank Mathie of WLS News Chicago reported on the difficulties that black pets have in getting adopted. It just does not seem to be sinking in that black dogs and cats are just as loveable and adoptable as other pets are. They are certainly not bad luck or bad in any sense of the word. They simply have a darker appearance than dogs with lighter hair or fur. Dogs and cats that are black suffer from what many rescues and shelters have termed “black cat and black dog syndrome.”
Where the typical black cat is thought to be bad luck, the black dogs are said to be harder to read because it is harder to see their eyes. Also the conflict between black and white exists in the animal world, too. This ‘syndrome’ as it is called is very real and is happening all over the country.
On January 26th, TACS will be conducting a Foster Open House in their Auditorium on 169 West Grand Avenue from Noon until 2:00 p.m. This event is a ‘mix and mingle’ with current foster volunteer and will grant the participants a tour of The Anti-Cruelty Society’s facility. This life-saving program will allow you to meet current foster animal candidates and be able to learn what it takes to become a foster parent for TACS.
There are other events in the making, so check out their website to see what interest you! Stay tuned to see what else comes up.