It's been just three years since Wilmette Pet Center changed the way it had been doing business and stopped selling puppies and kittens at the popular pet store. At that time, the store became our area’s first 100% foster home ‘pet store’ for shelter dogs and cats. Tomorrow, the store joins with its rescue partner Adopt-A-Pet to celebrate the special day by dedicating a new cat adoption room - Gloria's Kitty Corner.
When the change happened three years ago, it was not something that had happened overnight. In fact, Adopt-A-Pet founder Gloria Barinholtz had been working with the store since the late 1990s to go humane. It started with the store serving as a foster for a pet or two for the rescue until three years ago. That is when Wilmette Pet sold it's last puppy and became a full fledged partner with the rescue - serving as a foster location for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens that Adopt-A-Pet had rescued and would then adopt out.
Tomorrow that transition comes full circle with the opening the cat adoption room named in Gloria's memory and celebration of Adopt-a-Pet's rescue efforts for the past 33 years. Gloria didn't live to see her dream become a reality at the pet store, but she was instrumental every step of the way as Wilmette Pet slowly transitioned to it's new business model.
If you've never stopped by Wilmette Pet Center at 625 Green Bay Road in Wilmette. tomorrow will be a great day to check it out. The festivities get underway at 1:30 as the legacy of Gloria Barinholtz is honored along with the many volunteers and the team at Wilmette Pet that made this all a reality. At the event, Adopt-A-Pet will also host their Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony. For every donation to Adopt-A-Pet of $5 or more, an ornament of a homeless pet will be placed on the Tree of Hope.
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