Forget about Valentine's Day and find the love of your life this weekend at one of the many adoption events throughout the Chicago-area. There's also a Wellness Jam for The Big Hearts Fund, Lincoln State Cat Show, an open house for Felines and Canines and a Puppy Love Party for Be Fido's Friends. Here’s a quick peak at this week’s pet scene.
Be my Valentine
There is still time to send a Valentine to your loved one and support some local animal shelters at the same time. Make a donation to Heartland Animal Shelter and select one of two beautifully painted cards to send to a loved one. You may also make a $5 donation to Tree House Humane Society and send an eCard for each $5 donation to someone special. You may also make a donation of $10 to $50 for a Virtual Heart Valentine for Save-A-Pet.
Through Sunday, February 17
Tree House is also working to help some of their longer-term residents find their perfect match this week. Because adult cats often have to wait a bit longer to find a home, Tree House is holding a Worth the Wait Adopt-a-thon and waiving adoption fees this week on all residents that have waited longer than six months to be adopted.
Check out the photos in the list above for some of the candidates available. Along with waived adoption fees, all adopters qualify for a special Valentine’s goodie bag that includes a homemade catnip toy, cat care guide, people treats from Oak Mill Bakery, cat treats and lots more.
Worth the Wait is in effect at both the Uptown branch at 1212 West Carmen and the Bucktown Branch at 1629 North Ashland Avenue. On Valentine’s Day, both shelters will have a Kitty Kissing booth to dish out some extra love to potential adopters.
Through Thursday, February 14
The Anti-Cruelty Society is also hoping some of their longest waiting kitty residents find love in time for Valentine’s Day. They are waiving adoption fees for their five longest-term residents through their Feel the Love CATpaign. As each cat is adopted, another long-term resident joins the program to look for a forever family. Check out some of the cats available here. (See previous story.)
Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17
Forget about dog shows…the cats are in town at the Lincoln State Cat Show at Harper College in Palatine. The show will be from 9 to 5 Saturday and 9 to 4 Sunday at the Sport/Wellness Center Building W at 1200 W Algonquin Road in Palatine. There will be lots of cool cat-centric vendors, cool products and cats of every breed (including awesome rescues needing a home).
Saturday, February 16
Stop by for lots of fun, fitness and much more at the Wholehearted Wellness Jam to support The Big Hearts Fund. The event runs from noon until 2:30 p.m. at the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls at 1535 North Dayton in Chicago. Check out the vendors offering massages, health consultations, and learn about all kinds of fun fitness activities and cool auction items. Advance tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids.
Chicago Cat Rescue also is hosting a special adoption event this week at Ruff Haus Pets at 4652 N. Rockwell Street in Chicago from noon until 3 p.m. Stop by and meet the cats and kittens looking for a family and take home your new best friend.
One Tail at a Time is holding an adoption event at Kriser’s at 1658 North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago from noon until 3 p.m. Stop by and meet the great dogs looking for homes and learn about the work being done by One Tail at a Time.
Both cats and dogs will take center stage at Pet’s Etc. in Plainfield for an adoption event from noon until 4 p.m. Check out the pets looking for homes through Annie’s Little Angels Rescue.
Check out the newly remodeled digs for Felines and Canines at 6379 North Paulina in Chicago for their grand reopening from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be tours, goodies and lots of animals looking for a home. (See story.)
Celebrate Puppy Love from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bucktown Pub at 1658 West Cortland in Chicago. Admission is just $5 per person/dog for a fun Valentine’s Party to support the dogs at Be Fido’s Friend. Lots of rescue dogs, kissing booth and more (like $3 pints from Haymarket Brewery).
Wrap up the week with a party for the animals with Mardi Cause 4 Paws from 3 to 8 p.m. at 115 Bourbon Street at 3359 West 115th Street in Merrionette Park. The event benefits the Animal Welfare League and tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for kids in advance. There will be food, music, Masquerade Mask Contest, adoptable pets and more.
Sunday, February 17
Check out some of the fabulous cats available for adoption at Pet Supplies Plus at Lincoln and Grace in Chicago from noon until 5 p.m. Stop by and meet your new best friend and learn about the work being done for Chicago’s cats by Tree House Humane Society.
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