TAILS Humane Society, based in DeKalb, is packing up a bunch of precious babies and bringing them to the Elmhurst Petco for a mega adoption event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27. If you're thinking, "Hey, wasn't TAILS just at Petco in Elmhurst with adoptable fluffermutts?" You're right. They had a two-day event just last weekend, Oct. 19 and 20.
But you can never have too many adoption events, and TAILS will never stop looking for families to provide forever homes for these animals. This weekend, more than 40 adoptable dogs and puppies of all breeds will be available.
Elmhurst Petco, at 199 Route 83, and the Petco Foundation help make it easier for these dogs to get settled in homes. Through funding provided by Petco Foundation, adoption fees will be deeply discounted for this event. Adult dog adoptions will be $75, and puppies under 6 months old will be $200, plus a $75 obedience class deposit. All dogs and puppies are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and dewormings and microchipped. All adoptions will include a free vet exam at a participating veterinary clinic and one free month of pet health insurance.
According to Beth Drake, executive director of TAILS, most of these dogs and puppies will come from TAILS partner animal shelters in Oklahoma.
“Even though Northern Illinois doesn’t have a significant dog overpopulation problem, shelters in Oklahoma are overflowing with absolutely wonderful adult dogs and puppies, all of whom need homes," she said. "We are pleased to work with Petco to offer these animals a chance at a Forever Home here in the Chicago area."
Animals available for adoption this weekend have been cared for in TAILS foster homes, allowing them to begin getting used to life in a home rather than in a shelter. It also allows TAILS staff to provide all the medical care they need to ensure they are healthy and ready for adoption.
“Our foster volunteers are magnificent,” said Maria Schau, TAILS offsite adoption coordinator. “In the short time they have these animals, they begin to teach them what it means to be loved and they nurse them through any ailments they may have when they arrive. It’s because of our foster volunteers, that we can save as many lives as we do.
"We try to reserve space at our shelter for dogs who come from our local area, so Oklahoma dogs and puppies go immediately into foster homes. The more foster homes we have, the more lives we can save."
TAILS cares for about 2,500 homeless pets each year. For more information about the Petco mega adoption event, go to www.tailshumanesociety.org.