Damaged Animal Shelter Hosts Pet Adoption

The shelter hopes to adopt pets and collect donations building after school bus crashed into it Wednesday

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    Animals have nowhere to go after school bus slammed into building earlier this week. Lauren Jiggetts reports. (Published Friday, Oct. 4, 2013)

    Friday was the first day of Wright-Way Rescue's pet adoption event.

    The Niles animal shelter is seeking new foster and adoptive families for pets and money to repair its building after a school bus crashed into it earlier this week.

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    Wright-Way Rescue in Niles needs to temporarily relocate after a school bus lost control and plowed into the animal shelter's building. With more animals scheduled to arrive, shelter staff is looking for adoptive and foster families, as well as donations to rebuild. Michelle Relerford reports. (Published Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013)

    A bus driver lost control of the vehicle and plowed into the front of the building

    All of the animals at the shelter during the time of the crash have been adopted, but the shelter, which takes in new animals almost every week, has more pets in need of homes.

    School Bus Plows Into Niles Animal Shelter

    [CHI] School Bus Plows Into Niles Animal Shelter
    No one was injured when a school bus lost control and struck an animal shelter in suburban Niles. Lauren Jiggetts reports. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013)

    Some families already found pets to their liking on Friday.

    "We decided we wanted to help the cause and come and rescue him," said Beth Bialkowski while holding a dog she picked out. "We have another dog at home named Dawson, so we thought it would be a great way to bring a little brother home."

    "We've been calling the past couple of days trying to get information about her, but very happy she's still here," said Melissa Schetter after finding the dog she was looking for.

    The pets that were inside the building at the time of the crash had all found foster homes, but 75 more animals arrived on Friday.

    Financial donations have been pouring in, and she shelter's founder, Christy Anderson, is hoping to find a permanent solution.

    "We've had lots of offers coming in -- nothing that we know is going to work out right at this moment, so we're still in need of a permanent location and funds to help us build up at a new location," Anderson said.

    The event will take place in the west parking lot of the building at 7136 W Touhy Ave. Friday and Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm.

    The animals will be available without reservation. Interested families can fill out an application on site.

    Donations can be made through the shelter's website.