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In The Know – October/November 2014

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1. This past summer The Anti-Cruelty Society participated in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100k Challenge, and the results are finally in! During the months of June, July, and August the shelter found homes for more than 1,400 animals, a 62% increase from the same period last year. In addition, they placed 105 animals in foster home and volunteers spent a whopping 9,000+ hours helping out. Congratulations to ACS and all the animals who found their forever homes! Visit AntiCruelty.org to learn more.

2. Fall is here and that means it’s time for Anderson Animal Shelter’s big shelter renovation. Following new models of animal welfare care, the St. Charles shelter will be transforming their current location into a haven for homeless dogs and cats. In the new location, the dogs will be housed in small rooms—rather than kennels— where they can expend energy and practice good social skills. Cats will no longer be kept in cages, but instead will live together in a big room with plenty of perches and sleeping ledges. To donate to this awesome renovation project, contact Holly Alcala at 847.697.2880 x33. Learn more at AndersonAnimalShelter.org.

3. Another local shelter also has big plans for a new space. Tree House Humane Society will break ground soon on their massive new facility, to be located at 7225 N. Western Avenue. The brand new state-of-the-art adoption center and veterinary clinic will allow Tree House to more than double the amount of cats they help each year, and shelter directors hope it will serve as a community space for animal lovers citywide. Aside from the adoption room and clinic, the new facility will house a pet food pantry, education center, and kitty café. Donate online at TreeHouseAnimals.org.

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