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Non-profit for pets gets its paws wet at Lakeview fundraiser

April 19, 2012 by Tails Magazine in Chicago with 0 Comments

Pets Are Like Family, a newly formed non-profit dedicated to providing education and resources for Chicago pet caretakers, is throwing a dog-friendly inaugural Mother’s Day extravaganza. The event will take place on Sunday, May 13th from 3pm–6pm at Trader Todd’s (3216 N. Sheffield Ave, Chicago).

Party-goers get an awful lot of bang for their buck. For the $35 donation ($40 at the door), entrants enjoy “Mastiff Mimosas” and other signature champagne cocktails, an appetizer buffet, manicures and flowers for moms, souvenir photos, and a raffle. The first twenty-five to arrive get fantastic goody bags, and groovy dancing entertainment is provided by Chicago go-go troupe the Revelettes.

And there’s more! Pet moms and dads can bring their pooch (just make sure to register in advance), who will be pampered with mutt manicures and refreshments. Find tickets and dog registrations at http://palfmothersdayevent.eventbrite.com/.

Pets Are Like Family (PALF) was founded in 2011 to help Chicago pet parents have a loving, responsible relationship with their pets by providing education, resources, counseling, and referral services to keep pets with their families and avoid pet relinquishment. PALF provides family preservation and enrichment services through workshops, a pet care hotline, home based pet counseling, online education and referral resources, and a pet pantry. Services are provided in English and Spanish. PALF is currently focusing on the Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa, and Belmont Cragin neighborhoods, but hopes to spread throughout Chicago over time.

Founder Alicia Obando has spent decades working with Chicagoland families to strengthen parenting, empower children, and connect families to resources in the community. Over the past ten years, she has also worked tirelessly in animal welfare, raising awareness about the plight of homeless animals and helping them find homes. Pets Are Like Family represents the marriage of her two passions—helping families and helping pets. PALF takes the family preservation model that is so successful in social services and applies it to helping pets remain in their families as well.

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