It’s the last full week before Christmas and there are plenty of fun events in the Chicago-area aimed at helping the animals. There are also several fun campaigns focusing on fundraising for some shelters and rescue.
One Tail at a Time is holding their annual 12 Days of Muttmas Campaign. Go online and donate at least $10 to qualify to win a variety of raffle prizes. Some great prizes include a dinner for two at Frontera Grill and 10 doggy water therapy sessions at Integrative Pet Therapy. Campaign runs through Christmas.
Project Rescue Chicago is joining with Spring Naturals for the 12 Dogs of Christmas Campaign. Go to Spring Naturals special Facebook tab and donate to help the dogs of PRC. For each $1 donated, Spring Naturals will donate a dollars worth of food or treats. See story. Campaign runs through Christmas.
Young at Heart Rescue has its Fill the Food Bowl Campaign running online. Go to the site and donate and a donor will match all donations up to $10,000. This fundraiser runs through December 31.
Monday, December 17
The Anti-Cruelty Society will hold their monthly Community Cat Workshop at the shelter from 6 to 8 p.m. Tree House Humane Society and Alley Cat Allies conducts the seminar about feral and stray cat management in neighborhoods.
It’s time for Pet Photo’s with Santa from 6 to 9 p.m. at Northbrook Court by the Neiman Marcus. Bring your dogs and cats for pet photos and to meet representatives from Fromm’s Family Foods. Proceeds from the event to benefit Wright-Way Rescue.
Tuesday, December 18
Get your gifts wrapped and help out homeless dogs and cats at the same time. Volunteers from the Anti-Cruelty Society will be at the Barnes & Noble at State and Elm from 3 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19
Here’s a wonderful opportunity to meet photographer Seth Casteel creator of the New York Times Best Selling Book Underwater Dogs for a book signing. He’ll be at Chicago Art Source at 1871 North Clybourn in Chicago from 6 until 9 p.m.
Learn about helping Community Cats from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Tree House Humane Society’s Bucktown Branch at 1629 North Ashland in Chicago. The seminar will cover caring for feral cats in your community and working with your neighbors on Trap Neuter Return (TNR).
Join Heartland Animal Shelter at Tipsy at 1944 Lehigh in Glenview for Paint Your Holiday Pet. Doors open at 6:30 and the painting party starts at 7 p.m. Bring a photo of your pet and paint your own very special portrait. The $40 fee includes canvas and your finished art – Bring your own drink.
Stop by Paw Natural at 932 West Monroe starting at 7 p.m. for a book signing by Dr. Barbara Royal author of The Royal Treatment. Dr. Royal combines the best of Western and Eastern medicine for a natural approach to pet health. Learn more online.
Join Tree House Humane Society for A Pour for a Paw at Feast Restaurant + Bar at 1616 North Damen from 7 to 9 p.m. The $20 donation includes wine tasting and light bites to eat. Bring food to help out the pet food pantry and 100 percent of donations for the evening benefit the shelter.
Thursday, December 20
Get your gifts wrapped and help out homeless dogs and cats at the same time. Volunteers from the Anti-Cruelty Society will be at the Barnes & Noble at Webster Place from 9:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Get your last minute shopping wrapped up for your pets at the Holiday Shop Night at Wrigglyville from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be all kinds of great specials and fun activities at both locations – 3337 North Broadway and 1137 West Madison in Chicago.
Saturday, December 22
Stop by Animal Krackers Pet Center at 3309 West 115th Street in Merrionette Park for photos with Santa and more. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. there will be treats for pups and their owners – Egg Nog, cookies and more. There also will be a doggie bake sale to benefit Reach Out Rescue.
Join animal advocates for a peaceful protest outside Happiness is Pets at 616 East Roosevelt Road in Lombard from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn the connection between puppy mills and pets sold in pet stores. This is a family- and dog-friendly event and signs will be provided.
Sunday, December 23
Join animal advocates from noon until 2 p.m. at the Puppy Parlor in Lisle for a peaceful protest informing shoppers of the connection between pet stores and puppy mills. This store is breeding dogs in house and then selling them. Signs will be provided.
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