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Why you should think twice before you adopt a dog

Why you should think twice before you adopt a dog
Every family should have a dog. In a perfect world, that statement would all be true. Why shouldn’t you adopt a dog? Why should you skip out on the unconditional love of a new pet? Adopting a dog is a great fit for many families, but there is a very good reason why more people... Read more »

Less Adoptable Pets: From the Island of Misfit Pets to super stardom

<b>Homer</b> - He was the kitten that nobody wanted. At four weeks, the little black stray lost his eyes to infection and was rejected by person after person at the vet’s office that rescued him. Then, along came Gwen Cooper. She fell in love with Homer and added him to her family of two other cats. <br>
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For the next sixteen years, Homer lived quite the life – catching flies better than a lizard, going attack cat on a burglar, making a dramatic move to Manhattan and starring in a book about his life – <i>Homer’s Odyssey</i>. When you read about him, it was hard to believe Homer was blind. He certainly didn’t let that little thing slow him down a bit. <br>
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By the time <a href="http://huff.to/188Bor0">Homer died </a>a few weeks ago at the age of 16, millions of people around the globe had read his story. The little black kitten that nobody wanted inspired people to adopt blind, special needs and black cats – all groups that have a hard time finding families and often run out of time before they get that chance.<i>Gwen Cooper will be the guest of honor at <a href="http://bit.ly/189XycB">Tree House’s Black Cat Ball</a>
on October 17. <br>
<br><i>Photo Courtesy of Homer's Facebook page.</i>
Every year, millions of pets are left behind at animal controls, shelters and rescues. As the clock ticks for animals waiting for a new family, the kittens, puppies and outgoing cats and dogs have the best shot at finding homes. However, if a pet is a senior, a black cat or dog, pit bull or... Read more »

Iowa shutters Pratt puppy mill, but what took so long

Iowa shutters Pratt puppy mill, but what took so long
It’s finally the end of the road for one of Iowa’s most notorious puppy mills. Thanks to an agreement with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, Debra Pratt has lost her state permit to operate her puppy mill. After years of USDA violations and an auction where most of her stock was sold to the highest... Read more »
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Stopping parvo in puppies before it hits shelters and rescues

Stopping parvo in puppies before it hits shelters and rescues
Not to long ago a couple of adorable puppies were dropped off at Chicago Animal Care and Control. One was an owner surrender and the other a stray. Both dogs were under 12 weeks old and quickly became ill. Recognizing canine parvovirus, a rescuer stepped up and checked them both in for veterinary care. Blake,... Read more »

Five minutes to heartbreak

Five minutes to heartbreak
This is five minutes to heartbreak. If you’re considering dumping a pet at animal control, please look at this picture. Take a good, long look and let it burn into your mind. This is five minutes to heartbreak…from happy loving dog to devastation. On the left is Cindy the Doberman when she entered animal control... Read more »

Chicago pet events: July 29 to August 4

There’s plenty of summer fun on tap to help the animals as we wrap up July and head into August. It’s time to help our friends at Lulu’s Locker at the West Town Pup Crawl, Factor Models hit the runway for the Anti-Cruelty Society, and there are garage sales, BBQs and Casino Nights to help... Read more »
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Dog Patch Pet and Feed: Pet rescue program continues to grow

Two Naperville pet stores were in the spotlight for two very different reasons this past week. While the Naperville Petland came under fire when pictures of emaciated puppies at the store hit social media, Greg Gordon of Dog Patch Pet and Feed was working behind the scenes with other pet storeowners who want to offer... Read more »

Chicago weekend pet scene: July 26-28

The Chicago weekend pet scene is a bit cat crazy with several cool adoption events aimed at finding homes for more of Chicago’s homeless cats and a kitten shower to help several rescues overflowing with kittens. There are also fun cocktail parties, cool lectures on pet behavior, ice cream socials, BBQs and so much more.... Read more »

Naperville Petland and the puppies in the pictures

Naperville Petland and the puppies in the pictures
If you look at these photos from Reddit, you expect to see it connected to a story about dogs needing rescue from a hoarding or abusive situation. The pictures are not what you think. And, the dogs’ location would surprise many people. A customer of the Naperville Petland took the alarming shots. It worked, in... Read more »
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Adoption event set for DuPage County Fair this weekend

If you’re heading out to the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton this weekend, you may just meet your new best friend. For the third year in a row, the fair is hosting a dog adoption event. The goal is to build awareness about all the pets needing homes and to hopefully connect dogs needing rescue... Read more »
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