1. After much anticipation, The Chicago Pet Project photo book is finally available for purchase. The project, a collaboration between The Puppy Mill Project and photographer Karen Morgan, is a beautiful inside look at some of Chicago’s most well- known pet parents and their beloved companions, complete with sentimental letters highlighting the strength of the human/ animal bond. All profits from the book’s sales go towards Millie’s Mission, a fund that helps pay veterinary costs for rescued puppy mill dogs. Purchase one for yourself (and a pet loving friend!) for $75 each at TheChicagoPetProjectBook.com.
2. The ASPCA is turning 150 on April 10! To help celebrate a century and a half of animal saving efforts, the organization is launching 150 Days of Rescue, a nationwide action campaign aimed at uniting the country towards the common goal of love and care for all animals who need it. Here’s how it works: Visit ASPCA.org/150days and pledge to volunteer at least 15 minutes of your time between April 10 and September 7 to helping animals in need. While there, nominate your favorite shelter for a chance to take home a $150,000 grant. Visit your local shelter, make toys for homeless dogs and cats, or get out there and foster or adopt a new friend—there are lots of ways you can help celebrate 150 years of do-gooding for animals.
3. Our cover model Lisa Vanderpump may be a real Real Housewife, but the kitties of Tree House Humane Society are proving to be just as fun to watch. Last year the shelter launched “The Real Tree House Cats of Chicago,” a web series devoted to capturing all the antics, love, and drama (of course) that takes place among their residents. Their hope is that the campaign will help bring awareness and funds towards their new facility, slated to open later this year. Click here to check out the furry reality stars in action.
4. A new collaboration between Park Hyatt Chicago and PAWS is making it easier than ever to help the animals. The hotel’s new Bark Hyatt program offers perks and amenities to guests and their pets, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the animals of PAWS. The James Hotel is offering a similar program that donates proceeds from each pet’s stay (which includes such sweet treats as leashes and collars from Detroit-based Shinola designs) to PAWS and New York’s Animal Haven. So take that staycation and take your dog along with you! It’s for a good cause.
5. Speaking of sweet treats, Vanille, one of the city’s favorite French patisseries, is now offering delicious Puparons, French-style macarons made especially for your petit chien. If they’re even half as good as Vanille’s regular macarons, your dog is about to have a new favorite place to stop on long summer walks.
6. Your animal companion can’t always travel with you, but he can still enjoy the lap of luxury when you’re gone. Paradise 4 Paws—a pet hotel complete with bone-shaped swimming pools for dogs and adventure jungles for cats—currently has four locations, two of them in Chicago. In a big expansion, they’ve recently announced a takeover of Petco’s Pooch Hotel brand. That means two more Paradise 4 Paws locations in Chicago, and better options for when you need to travel and your dog needs to lay out by the pool.