<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News - Clear the Shelters]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/localen-usSun, 20 Jan 2019 18:15:44 -0600Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:15:44 -0600NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Top Stories]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:19:11 -0600]]><![CDATA[Before You Adopt]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:19:11 -0600]]><![CDATA[Amazing Animal Stories]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:19:11 -0600]]><![CDATA[]]>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:43:24 -0600]]><![CDATA[Videos]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:48:24 -0600]]><![CDATA[After You Adopt]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:19:11 -0600]]><![CDATA[Full Archive]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 10:15:32 -0600]]><![CDATA[Adoptable Pets Near You]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:33:04 -0600]]><![CDATA[Second Chances]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:19:11 -0600]]><![CDATA[Cats Searching for New Home in New Year]]>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 09:40:11 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131906460783010000.jpg

Two cats stopped by NBC 5 this week, and our Pete Sack hopes that you can help them find a new home for the new year! ]]>
<![CDATA[Puppy Sisters Looking for New Home This Holiday Season]]>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 11:58:57 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131899546775340000.jpg

Looking for the perfect Christmas surprise? Toddy and Nog are looking for a new home this holiday season, and NBC 5's Pete Sack got to meet these precocious pups! ]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Adult Dogs Looking for a New Home]]>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:44:57 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131870172164680000.jpg

This holiday season, many families will adopt puppies, but adult dogs need good homes too! NBC 5's Andy Avalos meets two of them in today's "Clear the Shelters." ]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Kittens Looking for New Home]]>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:34:35 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131869308943340000.jpg

If you're looking for a new furry friend for your home, these two kittens are for you! NBC 5's Andy Avalos is here with a chance for you to meet these cats. ]]>
<![CDATA[Animal Shelter Saves 40 Dogs, Asks for Help Finding Homes]]>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:09:31 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Wright+Way+Dogs+11-16.jpg

A suburban animal shelter is part of a massive effort to save nearly a thousand animals that were facing euthanasia at a Texas shelter.

Wright-Way Rescue, a no-kill shelter in Morton Grove, is taking in 40 small adult dogs and puppies as part of the partnership with the Best Friends Animal Society. The animals are coming from the Palm Valley Animal Center in Texas, and they will be ready to be fostered immediately upon their arrival in Illinois on Monday. 

According to a press release, the so-called “Texas 40” will be ready for adoption in two weeks.

Texas is responsible for 25 percent of America’s homeless pet population, according to the press release, and 70 percent of the animals brought to the Palm Valley Animal Center are euthanized.

The organization cites limited or no access to low-price spay and neuter services in rural areas, as well as low population density, for the high euthanasia rates at the center.

Those interested in adopting animals from the “Texas 40” are encouraged to check back on the Wright-Way’s adoption page in the next two weeks, and those looking to donate funds to the shelter to continue their work in saving animals can visit the group’s website.



Photo Credit: Wright-Way Animal Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Shelter Waiving Adoption Fees on Some Dogs]]>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 16:51:09 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Caramel1.JPG

For one day only, PAWS Chicago will waive adoption fees on pets who have been in their shelter for a long time.

On Sunday Nov. 4, the shelter will hold its “Help Us Save More” event, which is dedicated to finding homes for adult dogs that are often overlooked for puppies, the shelter said in a press release.

“Our goal is to find as many homes as possible for these wonderful adults who have been passed over, in turn making space for us to save more animals who need our help,” said PAWS Chicago Founder & Chair, Paula Fasseas.  “These dogs just need a little extra love and patience to become the best dogs they can be, and we want to do everything we can to find them a home in time for the holidays.”

The shelter has provided a website where potential adopters can see which animals will have their adoption fees waived during the event.

The event will take place at the PAWS Chicago Lincoln Park Adoption Center, and will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.



Photo Credit: PAWS Chicago]]>
<![CDATA[Two Adorable Kittens Searching for Forever Home]]>Sun, 28 Oct 2018 18:53:20 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web_-_clear_the_shelters_two_kittens.jpg

Jackie and Ninja are two adorable kittens that are looking for a new home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces you to them in this week's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Pets Rescued From Hurricane-Wrecked Florida Arrive in Chicago]]>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:58:46 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/PAWS+CLEAR+THE+SHELTERS+2+-+21563312_34084205.jpg

A total of 35 pets from Gainesville, Florida, are now safely inside the PAWS Chicago facility in Little Village, where they're getting ready to be adopted.

Two PAWS vans were met with cheers on Wednesday morning after traveling hundreds of miles to rescue dogs and cats from the areas of Florida affected by Hurricane Michael.

After being on the road for more than 22 hours, the animals were full of energy and ready to meet Chicago.

"These are all animals who were in the shelter prior to the hurricane and needed a place to go," said Stacy Price, PAWS Chicago senior director of animal operations. 

The 11 dogs and 24 cats used to live at the Alachua County Humane Society shelter, a facility now reaching capacity as workers continue to rescue pets in the affected Florida Panhandle after the hurricane. 

"There is a shelter there that is going into the Panhandle itself and working with three shelters now uninhabitable," Price said. "Some lost power, some sustained damage. They are going in pulling dogs and cats out and trying to find them rescue."

Once inside the PAWS medical center, the animals were weighed in Wednesday and given medical exams.

"In all of the chaos of the evacuation, none of the medical records transferred over," Price said. "So we have a kitten with wire in jaw, another dog recently hit by car. We’ll have to do X-rays." 

Most appear to be healthy and in good spirits and will soon be ready for adoption to make Chicago their new home.

The check-up process could take at least 24 hours, Price said, depending on each pet and their condition. Starting Thursday, you could see some of them ready for foster care or adoption on the PAWS Chicago website.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Kittens Searching for New Home]]>Sun, 02 Sep 2018 16:22:23 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131803608325010000.jpg

Yesterday, Andy Avalos got to showcase puppies that needed a new home. Today, he's got two kittens that would love to find a new family! ]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Dogs Looking for New Home]]>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 09:02:10 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131802744660000000.jpg

Two great dogs need to find a good home, and NBC 5's Andy Avalos gets to meet the precocious pups in this morning's Clear the Shelters segment. ]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Comes Together for Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 21:32:40 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/IMG_52862.JPG

It was a big day for area animal shelters as "Clear the Shelters" took place Saturday. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter reports. ]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands of Pets Find New Homes During Clear The Shelters]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 15:01:48 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_36_21.Still003.jpg

Across the country thousands of animals are finding forever homes. Watch some of these lucky pets as they meet their new families for the very first time.]]>
<![CDATA[Adoptions Pour in During Clear the Shelters in Chicago Area]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 21:13:04 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+18.pngAs shelters opened across the Chicago area Saturday, hopeful families lined up in anticipation and the first adoptions began! NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago teamed up with animal shelters to waive adoption fees and help pets 6 months and older find forever homes. The pet adoption initiative known as "Clear the Shelters" was scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Casper an Ambassador for Pet Fostering]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:29:05 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC5+News+4PM+-+16551213_33298478.jpg

As we gear up for "Clear the Shelters," we invite you to think about adding a pet to your family, like Casper the Friendly Dog. NBC 5's Sabrina Santucci has more about how fostering could be your ticket to helping a pet in need. ]]>
<![CDATA[4-Legged Employee Becomes Big Hit at Chicago Locks]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:24:34 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC5+News+4PM+-+17173214_33298472.jpg

A hard-working employee at the Chicago Locks has become quite the sensation, and has even become an attraction for tourists! NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz has her story. ]]>
<![CDATA[Innovative Care Tactics Used in DuPage County]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:13:31 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-151389470.jpg

As part of our annual "Clear the Shelters" event, we're taking a look at how animals are being taken care of all across our area, and NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz has more on an innovative strategy being used in DuPage County.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mobile Microchip Reader Helps Reunite Owners With Pet]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:01:11 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear_The_Shelters__Berks_County_Rescue_League_Waiving_Fees.jpg

Ahead of "Clear the Shelters," we wanted to share the story about how a mobile microchip reader helped reunite an owner with their beloved pet. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Beloved Pets of NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:20:02 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/andy+mr+winks.pngAs NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago gears up for another year of Clear the Shelters, people around the newsroom shared pictures of some of their best, furry friends. ]]><![CDATA[Man Pens Beautiful Poem About His Service Dog]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:55:08 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000031144850_1200x675_1299870787649.jpg

An Indiana man has penned an incredible poem about his guide dog ahead of "Clear the Shelters" this weekend. ]]>
<![CDATA[Guide Dog Inspires Big Donation]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:50:57 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC5+News+4PM+-+16251010_33260959.jpg

A service dog's heroic actions inspired a business owner to make a big donation to a Northwest Indiana animal shelter, allowing it to participate in "Clear the Shelters" this weekend. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the story. ]]>
<![CDATA[Man Rescues Lost Poodle Running Down Chicago Highway]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:47:58 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/DOG+RESCUE+VIDEO+-+00001409_33242641.jpg

Alessandro Barbarotta was driving down Interstate 55 with his wife when he saw something unexpected – a French poodle on the side of a major Chicago-area expressway.

He immediately stopped to help.

“When I got out of the car I thought no matter what happens I’m going to get this puppy,” he told NBC 5.

Cars were pulling over, others swerving to avoid hitting the small dog as it ran against traffic.

Meanwhile, Loren Villar, who was out of state at the time, received a call that her beloved dog Bebe went missing.

“I was desperate,” she said. “I started crying.”


Neighbors and family began searching for the missing pup. But not far from home, Barbarotta chased the dog for nearly 20 minutes before he managed to scoop it up as it ran on the expressway.

Using a group on Facebook called Lost Dogs Illinois, Villar was able to connect with Barbarotta and confirm that the dog he rescued was her’s.

She quickly booked an emergency flight back and was reunited with her fur baby.

“It was a more wnoderful moment of my life,” Villar said. “She was a little bit in shock.”


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<![CDATA[Indiana Animal Shelter Accused of Freezing Kittens to Death]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:13:50 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/catcage.jpg

Authorities in southern Indiana are investigating allegations that an animal shelter has been freezing kittens to death as an alternative to accepted forms of euthanasia.

Bridget Woodson told the Courier & Press that she quit working at the Spencer County Animal Shelter and spoke to authorities after the animal control officer twice asked her to put injured but alive kittens in a plastic bag and then into a freezer to kill them.

"I had to do something," Woodson said. "I'm super concerned about the animals. If this is deemed as acceptable and no one is held accountable, what else will start to slip through the cracks?"

Woodson shared with the newspaper a screenshot of a text exchange she said was between her and the animal control officer. During that exchange, Woodson claimed the officer told her that "the freezer is no less humane" than euthanasia by a veterinarian.

The officer did not respond to messages requesting comment.


The "slow chilling or freezing of unanesthetized animals" is an unacceptable form of euthanasia, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals.

Shelter officials declined to comment to WFIE-TV . The shelter's Facebook page has also been taken down.

"This is the only shelter resource in this town and for so many surrounding towns. I don't want it closed," Woodson said. "I just think the guidelines and policies absolutely need to change. The management and board absolutely needs to be changed."

The Spencer County Sheriff's Office turned the investigation over to the prosecutor's office due to a potential conflict of interest. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Thomas Pulley declined to comment on the case.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago



Photo Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago-Area Locations Participating in Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:52:13 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_More_Than_1300_Animals_Adopted.jpgDozens of shelters across the Chicago area will be waiving fees Saturday for the nationwide Clear the Shelters event. Here's a look at the participating shelters in the Chicago area.]]><![CDATA[Volunteer Uses Photography to Help Shelter Dogs Find Homes]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:47:19 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/AN3I7167.jpgWhen Josh Feeney first started volunteering at Chicago Animal Care and Control, he thought he would just be helping to walk dogs like many others do. But once he arrived at the shelter, that all changed.

Photo Credit: Josh Feeney Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois County Accidentally Euthanizes Wrong Dog]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:10:15 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/moses+gofundme.jpg

An Illinois couple’s dog was "mistakenly euthanized" while being held at an animal control facility for quarantine last week.

The Wang family said their beloved "freckle nosed, scarf wearing, good boy"Moses was forced to go to the Tazewell County Animal Control facility after he “accidentally bit a maintenance worker who came into our backyard unannounced.”

“[The worker] opened our side gate and knocked on our sliding door multiple times,” Tony Wang wrote on Facebook. “Moses thought he was an intruder and bit his lower leg. We were advised by Tazewell County Animal Control to bring Moses there for 10 days even though Moses was up to date with all his shots.” 

In the days following, Wang said he would take his lunch breaks to visit his beloved pup and bring him pizza.

But on Wednesday, that lunch would be the last meal the two would share.

“On Thursday before I went to work, I packed two big cookies and a Moses' favorite greenie so I could give them to him during my visit,” Tony Wang wrote. “At around 9:30 a.m., I received a call from my wife screaming and crying that Moses was dead.”

The family rushed to the facility where they said they saw their family dog dead on the floor.

“My wife is 4 months pregnant and threw herself on the concrete floor when she saw Moses' lifeless body,” Tony Wang wrote. “We had to explain to our 6 yr old son that the puppy he grew up with would not be coming back instead Moses was going to Heaven. Our son was heart broken and confused. He cried himself to sleep and said he wanted to go to Heaven so he could see Moses." 

The family said the director told them Moses, which had white fur, was accidentally euthanized instead of a gold stray. 

Tazewell County Animal Control confirmed it had “mistakenly euthanized” Moses.

“Tazewell County truly regrets this error,” the facility said in a statement. “Tazewell County will be reviewing policies and procedures to prevent any such occurrence from happening in the future.”

The Wang family said they were contacting lawyers to help with their case, saying they hope to “fight for justice to ensure this horrific thing will never happen again.”

“One man's mistake is destroying my family,” Tony Wang wrote. “Only because he did not want to double check, only because he did not want to wait.”

A GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for legal fees had raised more than $7,700 as of Monday morning to help the family.

“He took away our family, our love, our happiness forever,” Tony Wang wrote.



Photo Credit: Wang Family]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Aug. 11, 2018]]>Sat, 11 Aug 2018 10:12:31 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittiescs.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on four kitties need to find a home. ]]>
<![CDATA[What You'll Need to Adopt During Clear the Shelters]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:48:59 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MAD+CLEAR+THE+SHELTERS+-+10435820_33203688.jpg

Chicagoans preparing to take home a new member of their fur-mily during NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago's "Clear the Shelters" event this year will also want to prepare for adoption day. 

Although adoption fees are waived for the event, which will be held on Aug. 18, shelters will still have some requirements for individuals or families adopting. 

Here's what you'll need to know and bring: 

  • Those looking to adopt must be at least 18 years or older and provide valid identification. Their ID should reflect their current home address.
  • Renters must provide their landlord's name and contact information, along with a copy of their lease. This helps ensure that adopters are allowed to have pets in their building. 
  • Those who have pets already should provide proof of vaccinations for their other animals.  
  • Shelters suggest all members of the family that will be adopting a new cat, dog, or even a bird during "Clear the Shelters" be present on the day of adoption. This is not only fun, but makes sure everyone interacts with and agrees to take home a new member of the family. 

Some participating shelters - including A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter, A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife, Hinsdale Humane Society, and Humane Society of Northwest Indiana - all have online applications available, so adopters can get the paperwork out of the way before the event. Most other shelters will have applications available online on the day of "Clear the Shelters."

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<![CDATA[Microchip Scanners Could Help Ease Shelter Overcrowding]]>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 18:08:03 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cts+pets+available.jpg

Chicago animal shelters are at capacity, and a big donation of new mobile micro-chip scanners could help alleviate that issue. ]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Frenchies Rescued From Hot Truck, Brought to Chicago]]>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:16:35 -0600here.]]>here.]]>https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+french+bulldog+video+-+00000821_33188439.jpgTwenty-three French bulldog puppies have been rescued and brought to Chicago for treatment after they were found crammed inside a hot moving truck in Texas.

Photo Credit: Chicago French Bulldog Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[23 French Bulldog Puppies Rescued, Flown to Chicago for Help]]>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:38:50 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+french+bulldog+video+-+00002822_33188463.jpg

Twenty-three French bulldog puppies found crammed inside a hot moving truck in Texas have been rescued and taken to Chicago for treatment.

The Chicago French Bulldog Rescue said 28 puppies were initially discovered last month by authorities in Texarkana, Texas, during a traffic stop. The animals were packed tightly in plastic crates inside an un-air conditioned  moving van that had reached 121 degrees, the rescue said.

The puppies had no access to food or water and were in various stages of heat exhaustion, officials said. One of the puppies was found dead in a crate and four more died shortly after being rescued, according to the organization.

The Humane Society of the United States said the puppies were initially flown to Chicago on a Turkish Airlines flight from Kiev, Ukraine. Their final destination was set to be Houston, but the person who purchased them was denied entry to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport for “the purpose of importing live animals.”

That’s when the puppies were loaded into a moving van in Chicago and driven to Texas. They were ultimately found by state police before they made it to their destination.

“Without the swift intervention of local law enforcement, it is likely many more of these puppies would have succumbed to heat stroke and died during the remaining 300-mile journey to Houston in the sweltering heat of that cargo van,” Katie Jarl, regional director for the HSUS, said in a statement.

The Chicago French Bulldog Rescue obtained a court order for custody of the animals Monday and by Wednesday, the rescue picked up the puppies in Texarkana and flew them on a private plane to Chicago for treatment.

“Right now, these dogs are sick and the vets are just overwhelmed,” the rescue’s founder, Mary Schefke, told NBC 5 Thursday. “These dogs are skinny and malnutritioned and sick.”

She noted they “had bloody diarrhea and were vomiting.”

“There’s been repercussions to them being in the heat for as long as they were,” she said.

Schefke said since news of the puppies was first posted to Facebook, the rescue has been inundated with adoption requests, but she stressed the animals were in no shape to go to a home.

“I don’t think people understand the condition these puppies are in,” she said. “Right now what we need, what would help us, is for people to understand that these dogs are sick and they’re not ready for adoption. We need donations to get them the vetting they need. It’s not cheap to keep one dog in isolation, let alone 23.”

Donations can be made here.



Photo Credit: Chicago French Bulldog Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Pets Looking for Fur-Ever Homes Ahead of Clear the Shelters]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 12:26:06 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cts+pets+available.jpgWith Clear the Shelters coming up on Aug. 18, here's a look at some of the many animals looking for fur-ever homes ahead of the major pet adoption event. ]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: 'New Beginnings For Cats']]>Mon, 06 Aug 2018 19:13:50 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/newbeginningscats.jpgA shelter in Bourbonnais is giving cats a new lease on life. NBC 5's Sabrina Santucci has the details.
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday Aug. 5, 2018]]>Sun, 05 Aug 2018 11:58:15 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittyanddog.jpg

Two adorable pets are in need of a safe and comfortable home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on a kitty and a puppy.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Aug. 4, 2018]]>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 13:55:33 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ctsaug.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on a cute cat and an adorable dog in need of a home.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago-Area Pets Search for a Forever Home]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:53:10 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Pair_of_Pups.jpg

This year's "Clear the Shelters" event is less than three weeks away and dozens of area shelters will waive adoption fees to help families find a new furry family member. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Thinking of Adopting a Pet? It's OK to Ask Questions]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:53:33 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Pair_of_Pups.jpg

NOTE: For a fourth straight year, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are teaming up with animal shelters to waive adoption fees across the Chicago area and help pets in need find forever homes. The pet adoption initiative known as Clear the Shelters takes place nationwide 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18.

Thinking about adopting a pet?

You probably have a lot of questions. And that’s OK.

Experts say asking questions and doing research is crucial to ensuring you find the right fit for your home.

Kelly Kaapke adopted a 5-year-old Chihuahua about a month ago – a move she said she never expected she’d make.

“Chihuahuas are definitely not the breed that I would have thought that I would adopt,” she said.

The receptionist at Old Town Animal Care Center said the idea didn’t even cross her mind – until she met Sadie.

“Once I started reading up on them and I started really bonding with her and playing with her I kind of changed my mind a little bit,” she said.

Adoption centers say it’s important to find an animal that matches your lifestyle and to ensure new pet owners understand the training requirements and financial commitment of owning each pet.

“The last thing we want people to do is make the decision to save a life and then wind up having the animal back in the shelter,” said veterinarianTony Kremer.

Kremer said there are many reasons a pet may end up in a shelter.

“Maybe an owner passes away and that pet has no home anymore, maybe someone didn’t make the association with how much it would cost to have this pet, or they didn’t check into the rules at their condo or apartment and that animal winds up back in the shelter,” he said.

Fifteen years ago, Kremer founded Helpsavepets.org, a humane society that has placed over 15,000 animals into loving homes. Having a rescue under the same roof as a vet clinic offers many benefits, he said.

“We know that these pets have been looked at by vets, they’ve been spayed and neutered, they have a micro chip, fully vaccinated, dewormed… so you’re getting a pet that is ready to go into a home,” he said.

His biggest advice for potential new pet owners? Go to a shelter, meet the animals, and ask plenty of questions.


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<![CDATA[Chicago-Area Pets Find Fur-Ever Homes in Clear the Shelters]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 11:24:49 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/203*120/cts+gallery+thumb+17.jpgPets in need found new homes left and right during Clear the Shelters last year! Dozens of shelters in Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana waived or discounted fees as part of the one-day adoption event.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday July 29, 2018]]>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 08:39:21 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bunniescleartheshelters.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the story on two bunnies looking for a good home in the Chicago area.]]>
<![CDATA[PAWS Chicago Finds Homes for Nearly 80 Animals]]>Sat, 28 Jul 2018 19:42:23 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/PAWS+OVERCROWDED+2+-+03372002_33009971.jpg

The city’s largest no-kill animal shelter is a little less full on Saturday after nearly 80 pets were adopted as part of a big push to find new homes for the center’s residents.

PAWS Chicago announced this week that it was filled to capacity, and that it was in “urgent need” of families looking to adopt animals.

To expedite that goal, the shelter announced that it would waive adoption fees on older and long-term residents of the shelter, and the community delivered in a big way, adopting a total of 76 animals, the shelter said.

A total of 28 of those adoptions were long-term, with the rest serving as foster families while permanent homes are sought for the animals.

The adoption-fee waiver will be in effect again on Sunday as the shelter looks to clear even more space.

Yearly, PAWS Chicago rescues more than 5,000 dogs and cats.  

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday July 28, 2018]]>Sat, 28 Jul 2018 14:00:52 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/fergiwedoggy.jpg

Two sweet dogs are in need of a good home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Common Misconceptions About Shelter Animals]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 10:47:16 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-169674653.jpg

Every year, approximately 6.5 million pets enter animal shelters across the U.S, and about 1.5 million of those animals are euthanized because they haven't been adopted, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Many people brush off adopting a shelter cat or dog because of misinformation about them. 

We spoke to employees and volunteers at Chicago-area shelters to debunk myths and clear up common misconceptions about these adoptable four-legged companions in need of fur-ever homes.

There Must Something Wrong With Them

Julie Wheeler, who works at Spay and Stay shelter in Vernon Hills, shared the top shelter animal misconception she hears: There must be something wrong with the animal or it would not be in a shelter.

“Why would a person give up a wonderful pet?” she said, regarding what people often ask.

A volunteer with Magnificent Mutts and Meows Rescue, Dina Sbertoli, said she too hears that question. 

“Until I began working in rescue, I never realized how many animals lose their homes due to people moving, going into nursing homes, or even dying with no back-up plan for their pets," she said. 

Sbertoli said there is often nothing wrong with shelter pets. Rather, previous owners get a new pet that essentially replaces their older one.

“The family has a ‘baby pet’ and no longer wants their previous one,” she said.


You Need to Find a Kitten If You're Going to Adopt a Cat

Part of the Clear the Shelters initiative is to help get adult pets - meaning 6 months old or older - adopted. Adoption fees will be discounted or waived at participating shelters only for adult pets on the event date.

“Adult cats are the best,” Dasha Ott, another Magnificent Mutts and Meows volunteer, said.

She added that people often prefer kittens (or puppies), but do not consider that kittens need to be adopted in pairs if there is not a resident cat at home to help take care of it because a singular kitten is a lot of trouble.

“Adult cats have their personality and activity levels already set,” Ott explained.

While that may be the case, Ott has noticed that it is tough for cats 5 years or older to get adopted.

Meghan Zaremba with Help Save Pets - Chicago agrees that age can unfortunately deter people from adopting a pet. She adds that “senior or adult pets are in just as much need of a good home as a puppy, and they will still bond with you and love you for saving them.”

Black Cats Are Bad Luck

Because of the superstition associated with black cats, they often stay much longer at the shelter, according to Zaremba.  

Pets with black fur, in general, often spend more time at shelters because people simply do not like the fur color, Ott added.

Shelter Pets Cannot Be Potty Trained

Actually, most shelter pets, specially older ones, are already housebroken. But, if the animal is not completely potty trained, and you're willing to put in the work, pets can learn routine at any age, according to the ASPCA.

"Even litter box issues are resolvable," Sbertoli said, referring to shelter cats.

Shelter Pets Are Dirty

Though pets may have been dirty when they arrived at a shelter, they receive much care there, which includes cleaning them up and even giving them medications, if needed, according to Ken Edwards, who volunteers with New Beginnings for Cats in Bourbounnais.

Cat Leukemia is Contagious to Other Species

Edwards said that while cat leukemia is contagious to other cats, it is specific to saliva and other DNA contact. It is not contagious to other species.

Shelter Pets Have Behavior Problems

This goes back to the misconception that there must be something wrong with shelter pets. Many shelter pets who were abandoned by owners learn how to be well behaved house pets with proper training, Wheeler said.

Experts note that even pets from a breeder aren't "perfect," and can develop behavioral problems if they aren't properly trained. The main fact is that every pet needs to be trained.



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<![CDATA[PAWS Chicago Reaches Capacity, Waives Adoption Fees]]>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 17:18:48 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/PAWS+OVERCROWDED+2+-+03372002_33009971.jpg

PAWS Chicago, the city’s largest "no kill" animal shelter, is filled to capacity with potential pets and in "urgent need" of foster families and families looking to adopt, the shelter said Thursday.

“We are in urgent need of foster families to step up and provide a loving temporary home for our dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, which will in turn make space available for us to save more lives,” the director of PAWS Chicago Animal Operations, Stacy Price, said in a statement. "Our transfer partners are desperately reaching out to us and we simply don’t have the capacity to take on more animals without the support of our foster families and adopters.”

PAWS Chicago will also be waiving adoption fees for cats and dogs that have been at the shelter the longest this Saturday and Sunday in their efforts to find the animals forever homes. The event called “Summer Lovin” will take place at the Lincoln Park Adoption Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On August 18, PAWS Chicago will also take part in NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago’s “Clear the Shelters” event, in which shelters across the area waive adoption fees for animals 6 months or older.

The shelter is often the last hope for animals, but its goal is to help find them more permanent homes.

Yearly, PAWS Chicago rescues more than 5,000 cats and dogs. Although many of the animals are healthy and ready for adoption, approximately 3,000 of the animals per year are in need of extensive medical treatment, which makes it more difficult for them to find a permanent home.

In the meantime, people can learn more about how to be a foster pet parent here.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Find a Chicago-Area Shelter Near You]]>https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/BF1A1512.jpg


NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago have teamed up with animal shelters to waive adoption fees across the Chicago area and help pets 6 months and older find forever homes. The pet adoption initiative known as Clear the Shelters takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2018. Each shelter's adoption process and policy will still be in place during this event.

Use the map to search for a shelter near you or search by zip code above.

For more information on the 2018 Clear the Shelters event, click here

Full list of Chicago-area participating shelters below:

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter 

420 Industrial Drive, Naperville, IL 60563

(630) 355-2299


A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife (Birds only)

2720 Dundee Road, Suite 229, Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 509-1026


Anderson Animal Shelter North Aurora Adoption Ctr.

188 N. Randall Road, Aurora, IL 60542

(847) 697-2880 ext. 80


Animal Outreach Humane Society

3370 Shoppers Drive, McHenry, IL 60051

(815) 385-0005


Animal Services and Assitance Programs (Cats only)

19309 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Marengo, IL 60152

(815) 568-2921


Aurora Animal Care & Control

600 S. River Street, Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 256-3630


Cat Habitat 

17930 S. Halsted Street, Homewood, IL 60430 

(708) 308-8817


CatNap From the Heart

1101 Beach Ave., LaGrange Park, IL 60526

(708) 352-3914


Chicago Animal Care & Control

2741 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60608

(312) 747-1406


Cicero Waggin' Tails Shelter

1800 S. Laramie Ave., Cicero, IL 60804

(708) 652-0825


DuPage County Animal Care & Control

120 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 407-2800


Friendly & Feral Cat Rescue 

1375 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60195

(847) 394-0260


Heartland Animal Shelter

2975 Milwaukee Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 296-6400


Help Save Pets – Chicago

511 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 428-2571


Help Save Pets – Downers Grove

941 63rd Street, Downers Grove, IL 60516

(815) 436-2700


Hinsdale Humane Society

22 N. Elm, Hinsdale, IL 60521

(630) 323-5630


Humane Indiana

421 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321

(219) 922-3811


Humane Society of Northwest Indiana

6100 Melton Road, Gary, IN 46403

(219) 938-3339


Magnificient Mutts and Meows (Dogs only)

720 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60563

(708) 703-5047


Magnificient Mutts and Meows (Cats only)

198 North Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181

(708) 205-6862


McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Ctr. (Cats only)

100 N. Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

(815) 459-6222


Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, Inc.

722 IN-212, Michigan City, IN 46360

(219) 872-4499


Naperville Area Humane Society

1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563

(630) 420-8989


New Beginnings for Cats

7701 E. 3500N Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

(815) 472-4734


Orphans of the Storm

2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL 60015

(847) 945-0235


PAWS Chicago

1997 N. Clyborn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 687-4700


Precious Pets Almost Home (Cats only)

3640 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618

(773) 887-2286

and

3757 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60613

(708) 352-3914


Rover Rescue of Illinois (Dogs only)

1512 S. Randall Road, Geneva, IL 60134

(630) 232-6467


South Suburban Humane Society

1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, IL 60411

(708) 755-7387


Spay and Stay (Outdoor location)

555 E. Townline Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

(847) 289-4557


Tails Humane Society

2270 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb, IL 60115

(815) 758-2457


The Anti-Cruelty Society

157 W. Grand Ave., IL 60654

(312) 644-8338


Tree House Humane Society (Cats only)

7225 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60645

(773) 262-4000


Wheeling Animal Group Saves

532 S. Elmhurst Road, Wheeling, IL 60090

(847) 520-7387


Winnebego County Animal Services

4517 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103

(815) 319-4100


4 Paw Sake (Dogs only)

2739 Glenwood Dyer Road, Lynwood, IL 60411

(708) 758-3647



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<![CDATA[Adorable Pets Get Adopted From Chicago Shelter]]>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:37:38 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Blizzard+2+12+30+171.JPGEach week, NBC Chicago features adoptable animals in Chicago looking for their fur-ever homes. Here's a look at the loving families that have decided to welcome these new furry friends into their homes!

Photo Credit: Anti-Cruelty Society]]>
<![CDATA[Help Clear the Shelters in the Chicago Area]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:42:03 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear-the-Shelters-Gallery-Lead.jpg

For the fourth straight year, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are teaming up with animal shelters to waive adoption fees across the Chicago area and help pets in need find forever homes. The pet adoption initiative known as Clear the Shelters takes place nationwide 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18.

In Chicago alone, dozens of animal shelters will waive or discount fees during the one-day adoption drive. The waived fees apply to "adult pets," which are animals that are 6 months and older, and the adoption policies for each individual shelter still apply.

Future pet parents can find their nearest participating shelter with the full list below:

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter 

420 Industrial Drive, Naperville, IL 60563

(630) 355-2299


A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife (Birds only)

2720 Dundee Road, Suite 229, Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 509-1026


Anderson Animal Shelter North Aurora Adoption Ctr.

188 N. Randall Road, Aurora, IL 60542

(847) 697-2880 ext. 80


Animal Outreach Humane Society (Cats only)

3370 Shoppers Drive, McHenry, IL 60051

(815) 385-0005


Animal Services and Assitance Programs (Cats only)

19309 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Marengo, IL 60152

(815) 568-2921


Aurora Animal Care & Control

600 S. River Street, Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 256-3630


Cat Habitat 

17930 S. Halsted Street, Homewood, IL 60430 

(708) 308-8817


CatNap From the Heart

1101 Beach Ave., LaGrange Park, IL 60526

(708) 352-3914


Chicago Animal Care & Control

2741 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60608

(312) 747-1406


Cicero Waggin' Tails Shelter

1800 S. Laramie Ave., Cicero, IL 60804

(708) 652-0825


DuPage County Animal Care & Control

120 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 407-2800


Friendly & Feral Cat Rescue 

1375 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60195

(847) 394-0260


Heartland Animal Shelter

2975 Milwaukee Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 296-6400


Help Save Pets – Chicago

511 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 428-2571


Help Save Pets – Downers Grove

941 63rd Street, Downers Grove, IL 60516

(815) 436-2700


Hinsdale Humane Society

22 N. Elm, Hinsdale, IL 60521

(630) 323-5630


Humane Indiana

421 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321

(219) 922-3811


Humane Society of Northwest Indiana

6100 Melton Road, Gary, IN 46403

(219) 938-3339


Magnificient Mutts and Meows (Dogs only)

720 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60563

(708) 703-5047


Magnificient Mutts and Meows (Cats only)

198 North Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181

(708) 205-6862


McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Ctr. (Cats only)

100 N. Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

(815) 459-6222


Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, Inc.

722 IN-212, Michigan City, IN 46360

(219) 872-4499


Naperville Area Humane Society

1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563

(630) 420-8989


New Beginnings for Cats

7701 E. 3500N Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

(815) 472-4734


Orphans of the Storm

2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL 60015

(847) 945-0235


PAWS Chicago

1997 N. Clyborn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 687-4700


Precious Pets Almost Home (Cats only)

3640 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618

(773) 887-2286

and

3757 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60613

(708) 352-3914


Rover Rescue of Illinois (Dogs only)

1512 S. Randall Road, Geneva, IL 60134

(630) 232-6467


South Suburban Humane Society

1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, IL 60411

(708) 755-7387


Spay and Stay (Outdoor location)

555 E. Townline Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

(847) 289-4557


Tails Humane Society

2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb, IL 60115

(815) 758-2457


The Anti-Cruelty Society

157 W. Grand Ave., IL 60654

(312) 644-8338


Tree House Humane Society (Cats only)

7225 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60645

(773) 262-4000


Wheeling Animal Group Saves

532 S. Elmhurst Road, Wheeling, IL 60090

(847) 520-7387


Winnebego County Animal Services

4517 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103

(815) 319-4100


4 Paw Sake (Dogs only)

2739 Glenwood Dyer Road, Lynwood, IL 60411

(708) 758-3647



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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Find a Chicago-Area Shelter Near You]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:56:52 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/179*120/Lassie+Dog+Providence+AC+CTS+Dog+Generic+Dog.JPG

NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are teaming up with animal shelters across the Chicago area to find loving homes for pets in need. It's all part of Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, on Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dozens of shelters in Chicago and the suburbs will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. The waived fees apply to animals ages six months and older (not kittens or puppies), and all individual shelters' adoption policies apply.

Find a participating shelter near you in the list below:

Animal Services and Assitance Programs
Farm & Fleet at 11501 Route 14 Woodstock, 60098
815-568-2921

Their shelter is home to more than 100 cats. Many of their cats are available for adoption, some of our cats are waiting for barn homes and. The remaining cats are senior cats and those needing daily medical care who will live out the rest of their lives in comfort with love.

This shelter will only have adult cats up for adoption.

Animal Welfare League
10305 SW. Highway, Chicago Ridge
708-636-8586

This shelter was started to stop the suffering of animals and is the only humane society on the south side of Chicago. The Wabash shelter operates in an economically depressed area and provides valuable services to residents such as shelter and care to homeless and needy animals, low cost clinic services to pet owners on a limited income and no-charge monthly pet food distribution.

This shelter houses the largest number of adoptable animals from a non-profit organization in the entire mid-west.

Aurora Animal Care and Control
600 S. River St. Aurora, IL 60506
630-256-3630

The Division of Animal Control and Care promotes and protects public safety through sheltering, pet placement programs, education and animal law enforcement. Their purpose is to provide responsive, efficient and high quality animal care and control services that preserves and protects public and animal safety.

A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife Inc. Rescue the Birds
Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park, 60035

Their goal is to rescue parrots who have been neglected, abused, injured or surrendered because their owners can no longer care for them. They then find the parrots forever homes where they can thrive. They will waive fees for adult parrots.

They will be at the Ravinia location from 2:30PM -7PM

C.A.R.E (Community Animal Rescue Effort)
1962 Peterson St. Chicago
847-732-1147

C.A.R.E is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago’s North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals.

*This rescue will only have cats up for adoption.

CatNap from the Heart
1101 Beach Ave., LaGrange Park
708-352-3914

The shelter CatNap From the Heart has limited-access shelter for cats, birds and small mammals and they do not euthanize for cage space.

There is no time limit for any animal as the shelter is committed to finding the right home and to taking the time to carefully match the needs and the personalities of both people and adopted animals.

DuPage County Animal Care & Control
120 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton
630-407-2800

This self-supporting animal care & control operates a shelter for stray and owner-relinquished non-native animals. They rescue animals that are lost, diseased, injured or in peril.

The staff works together to ensure the shelter animals are healthy and happy in the unfamiliar shelter environment until they are adopted to a loving home. Dupage county aims to prevent and control rabies through vaccinations prior to being adopted out.

Ellie's Animal Rescue, Inc.
54 N. Western Ave., Carpentersville
331-210-2311

This is a non-profit, no-kill rescue shelter focuses on the all-breed dogs. Dogs and puppies are saved from all conditions from owner surrenders to kill shelters. In exchange, the dogs are giving proper vetting, healthy diet and a bed. Individuals can get involved by donating, fostering animals or adopting.

Felines & Canines
6379 N. Paulina, Chicago
773-465-4132

Founded in 1977 as one of Chicago’s first cage-less, no-kill cat shelters, Felines & Canines provides exceptional housing and care for more than 200 feline residents, with a focus on “special needs” animals. As the first shelter in Chicago to successfully integrate FIV-positive cats with the general population, Felines & Canines is also recognized as pioneers in the animal welfare movement.

This shelter will only have cats up for adoption. 

Help Save Pets – Oswego
1280 Route 34, Oswego
815-436-1500

Help Save Pets is dedicated to their mission of saving and finding homes for dogs and cats about to be euthanized at animal control facilities. They are proud to share our financial and statistical information with our friends, volunteers and donors. If you are considering donating to them, you’ll find that your donation will be put to good use saving homeless animals.

Help Save Pets – Shorewood
189 Brook Forest Ave. Shorewood
815-436-1500

Help Save Pets is dedicated to their mission of saving and finding homes for dogs and cats about to be euthanized at animal control facilities. They are proud to share our financial and statistical information with our friends, volunteers and donors. If you are considering donating to them, you’ll find that your donation will be put to good use saving homeless animals.

Hinsdale Humane Society
22 N. Elm, Hinsdale
630-323-5630

This shelter is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless animals. They advocate education and public service to encourage the compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent their suffering and neglect.

Hinsdale Humane Society is a Pets for Patriots shelter member.

Humane Society of Calumet Area
421 45th Ave. Munster, IN
219-922-3811

Humane Society of Calumet’s mission is to lead the community in the humane treatment of animals. They work individually and in a partnership with similar valued organizations, and will create a humane community for all animals through education, advocacy, and the promotion of respect and compassion.

Humane Society of Northwest Indiana
6100 Melton Road, Gary, IN
219-938-3339

Magnificent Mutts Rescue
Elmhurst Animal Care Center at 850 S. Riverside Dr. Elmhurst

Magnificent Mutts Rescue is located inside the Hillside Petco. They are dedicated to caring for and finding loving homes for any breed of dog abandoned, abused, neglected or in need of assistance.

Magnificent Mutts Rescue will be participating from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

McHenry County Animal Care and Control
100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake
815-459-6222

This initiative is a McHenry County Department of Health division dedicated to the public health of animals. Minor and major offenses are investigated by Animal Control Officers throughout the year. The department promotes community events including pet adoptions, proper pet care and dog bite prevention.

Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, Inc.
722 IN-212, Michigan City, Ind.
219-872-4499

The Michiana Humane Society provides a safe harbor to an average of 1,000 to 1,200 animals yearly. Most of these animals are those surrendered by their owners who can no longer continue to provide care. They also provide for strays, abandoned, and unwanted animals found in our service area. Healthy, non-aggressive animals are assured of their care until they find them homes, no matter how long it takes.

They receive no tax funds to help with their mission, and rely soley on private donations. The staff and volunteers provide shelter, food, medical care, vaccinations, testing, and spay/neutering services.

Naperville Area Humane Society
1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville
630-420-8989

This shelter is a limited admission animal shelter accepting cats and dogs. Their highly trained staff and volunteers offer care to each animal and work to address his or her individual needs. The staff works to match the needs of each pet with a family eager to adopt a dog or cat.

Because they cannot take all of the animals, they have an evolved approach to the homeless animal crisis to include innovative community service initiatives, such as humane education and a behavior helpline, while they can continue to re-home animals.

New Beginnings for Cats
7701 E. 3500 N. Rd., Bourbonnais
815-472-4734

The non-profit shelter serves as a sanctuary for cats and believes in the motto of “a second chance.” The cage-less environment supports cats any and every cat in need, no matter the health condition. New Beginning For Cats offers programs for senior and veterans looking for companions by waiving adoption fees.

The twelve person staff seeks volunteers that can help in any way including the Facebook, scrapbooking, bakers, auction assistance, seamstresses and more. Founders Pamela and Harry Carpenter welcome any new ideas and interested individuals to the shelter.

Orphans of the Storm
2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods
847-945-0235

Orphans of the Storm has had a long history of humane service to the community. It has been serving most of the animal control facilities and municipalities in Illinois’ Lake and northern Cook Counties.

The shelter offers off-site events along with a unique opportunity to meet a variety of dogs in a relaxed atmosphere. One may interact with pets one-on-one without the distractions of a busy shelter.

PAWS Chicago
1997 N. Clybourn, Chicago, or 1616 Deerfield Road, Highland Park
773-687-4700

This is a no-kill shelter that respects the life of every cat and dog. The mission of this shelter is to end the overlpopulation of homeless animals through solutions, practices and education. PAWS Chicago works to transform animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated and developing a sustainable, solutions-based model.

South Suburban Humane Society
1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights
708-755-7387

The South Suburban Humane Society makes every effort towards ending animal homelessness, reducing pet overpopulation, and ending cruel, inhumane treatment and abuse towards pets. They have a program called “eat and earn” where they pair with local restaurants and a portion of the proceeds go straight to SSHS.

SSHS shetlers animals needing protection, provides education of the public as to ownership duties and responsibilities and investigative pracitces which will prevent abuse.

Spay and Stay
555 E. Townline Rd. (Petco), Vernon Hills
847-289-4557

Spay and Stay’s mission focuses on controlling the numbers of feral cats in the Lake County area and ensuring public safety in the community. The non-profit organization provides caretakers with inexpensive vaccination and spay/neuter services for feral cats in the area. Over 5,000 cats have been sterilized in 10 years.

Tails Humane Society
2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb
815-758-2457

TAILS cares for over 2,500 displaced pets each year and accept pets from owners who can no longer keep them. They also work with animal control organizations and other animal welfare organizations, accepting pets from overcrowded shelters when their assistance is needed.

The HomeBuddies Program was created in partnership with the Voluntary Action Center's Meals on Wheels program. Pet food and supply deliveries are made by Meals on Wheels volunteers along with their regularly scheduled visits.

The Anti-Cruelty Society
510 N. Lasalle St.
312-644-8338

This shelter has an open door policy, they will not turn awat any animal in need. The Anti-Cruelty society is a member of the Chciago Animal Shelter Alliance. Aside from providing shelter to dogs and cats, this shelter also focuses on community education. 

Tree House Humane Society
7225 N. Western Ave, Chicago
773-262-4000

Tree House is a humane organization that promotes the value of every animal and strives to educate the public about proper and responsible animal care, with a focus on the care and placement of stray cats with special physical and emotional needs. They are committed to finding every healthy and treatable animal a home and to helping lead the way to a No-Kill nation.

They have a Pet Food Pantry Program that assists people on a low or fixed income with supplemental food for their animals. They also supply food to feral cat caretakers who practice TNR and have outdoor managed feral cat colonies. The goal of the program is to enable their clients to keep their pets despite financial difficulties, or maintain their feral colonies. They also counsel clients if they appear to be acquiring more animals than they can properly care for or afford.

*This is a cats only shelter.

Winnebago County Animal Services
4517 N Main St, Rockford 61103
815-319-4100

This animal services center has both adoptable dogs and cats. Microchip clinics are available weekly as well as spay/neuter services. 

I Wanna Go Home Rescue
PetCo 10235 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland, IN 46322
708-955-8375

I Wanna Go Home Rescue finds foster homes for animals in need before they are adopted. The rescue services would with other shelters to find homes for dogs in need. 

Their goal is to provide assistance to animals in need with medical care, love, attention and in-home fostering that will ultimately lead to adoption!

4 Paws Sake
Paw Palace at 2739 Glenwood Dyer Rd. Lynwood
708-758-3647

Each member of their team has a natural love for all dogs! Their goal is to ensure that as many homeless dogs as possible are cared for properly at their facility, until they find a loving family.



Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday July 14, 2018]]>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 10:10:45 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/twoadorbscats.jpg

Two adorable cats are in need of a new home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday July 1, 2018]]>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 09:37:25 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackcat4.jpg

Two kittens are in need of a new home in the Windy City. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, June 30, 2018]]>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 13:31:13 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clearthesheltersblackdog.jpg

A black dog is in need of a new home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Madrid Police Dog 'Performs' CPR on Partner]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 08:28:49 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/20180626_cpr_dog_SOCIAL.gif

Poncho is ready to save a life! Madrid's municipal police department shared a video of K-9 Poncho "performing" CPR on his human partner as a way to promote adoption. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday June 23, 2018]]>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 09:41:33 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/csdog.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details on a 10-year-old dog who's looking for a new place to call home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, June 17, 2018]]>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:39:22 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CScat.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details on two cats looking for a new home in the Chicago area.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday June 3, 2018]]>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 10:35:50 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/elderlycat.jpg

An elderly cat and a shy one both need to find new homes. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday June 2, 2018]]>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 11:02:19 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mauidog.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the latest on a puppy looking for a cozy, new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Puppy Found With 'FREE' Written on Fur Gets a New Family]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 09:14:55 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/FREE+PUPPY+-+00000000_32251934.jpg

A puppy found at an Ohio park with "FREE" written on her fur has a new home.

The Ross County Humane Society says a family adopted the 5-month-old female mixed lab on Wednesday.

The shelter says it received nearly 100 applications to adopt the dog after it was found inside a cage at a Chillicothe park last week.

Linette Wrightsel says her daughter begged her to go to the shelter and that they both connected with the puppy right away.

Wrightsel says they couldn't resist.

The shelter's director says whoever left the dog used a permanent marker to write "FREE" and "GOOD HOME ONLY" on its fur.

Workers at the shelter were able to clean up the markings before putting her up for adoption.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday May 27, 2018]]>Sun, 27 May 2018 08:32:04 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clearcats1.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two cats looking for a cozy, new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday May 26, 2018]]>Sat, 26 May 2018 08:35:22 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dogies.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two dogs looking for a new, loving home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday May 20, 2018]]>Sun, 20 May 2018 13:45:25 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/twodogs1.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos shares how two dogs are in search of a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday May 13, 2018]]>Sun, 13 May 2018 13:02:18 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cats12.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two cats who are looking for a new home,]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Energetic Pups Need a Good Home]]>Sat, 12 May 2018 18:57:56 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131705976704680000.jpg

NBC 5 Storm Team Meteorologist Andy Avalos trades in Doppler radar for doggie treats as he welcomes two energetic pups in this week’s “Clear the Shelters.”]]>
<![CDATA[Photo of Death Row Dog's 'Freedom Ride' Goes Viral]]>Thu, 10 May 2018 17:13:12 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/31693100_1899071890111683_6412797046679404544_o.jpg

“This is why we rescue.”

It’s a fitting caption for a photo melting animal lovers’ hearts across the country - A beagle once on the brink of euthanasia seen snuggling next to its rescuer on an inspiring “freedom ride.”

They’re the words of an Ohio shelter founder who help saved Gregory the dog from death row.

Gregory was slated to be euthanized at the Franklin County Dog Shelter in Columbus after testing positive for heartworm, according to rescuers. 

Schenley Hutson Kirk, who co-founded HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary, helped rescue Gregory before the dog was euthanized. She shared a photo of the pooch leaving what could have been its final home.

"’Gregory’ is one thankful and appreciative Beagle!” her Facebook post read. “He KNOWS he is SAFE! He is Heartworm Positive and will be going through treatment, but he knows he is in good hands! We will get him healthy and provide him all the love he so deserves and a wonderful future!!”

The caption was accompanied by a photo of Kirk’s husband, Joe, driving Gregory on a “freedom ride.” In the image, Gregory is seen nuzzling Joe’s shoulder with a paw on Joe’s arm.

Joe told "Today" he drove two hours to pick up the dog, saying the moment he met Gregory it felt like they "known each other for years." 

Normally, the shelter transports dogs in crates, but Joe told "Today" he felt Gregory had been caged up for too long and chose to instead tether him in the back seat. 

“This is what makes it all worthwhile!” Kirk wrote. “This is why we rescue.”

The post has been shared more than 9,000 times since it was posted at the start of the month. Kirk has asked for donations to help with Gregory’s treatment, which can be made here.

The couple said the shelter already has an adoption offer for Gregory since the post went viral. Once the dog is cleared by a vet, the adopters will have their first meet and greet with what could be the newest member of their family. 



Photo Credit: Schenley Hutson Kirk/Facebook
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday May 6, 2018]]>Sun, 06 May 2018 08:56:57 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cat47.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two playful cats looking for a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday May 5, 2018]]>Sat, 05 May 2018 13:28:39 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clearpuppies.jpg

Two puppies need a new home, maybe you can help out. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday April 29, 2018]]>Sun, 29 Apr 2018 11:30:52 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/puppies20.jpg

Two puppies are looking to stay together while searching for a new home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday April 28, 2018]]>Sat, 28 Apr 2018 10:32:48 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clearcats.jpgTwo adorable cat brothers hoping to stay together, are looking for a home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.
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<![CDATA[Adorable Pooch Searching for New Home]]>Sun, 22 Apr 2018 14:29:53 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131688696094680000.jpg

This morning, a dog who is ready to call a new family "his" and their house his home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details in this morning's Clear the Shelters segment. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday April 21, 2018]]>Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:42:13 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittens3.jpg

PAWS is extending its hours from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. in Lincoln Park, in hopes that someone takes home a new friend! Saturday wraps up its annual spring Adopt-A-Thon and NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on five kittens looking for a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday April 15. 2018]]>Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:21:27 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cat46.jpg

NBC's Andy Avalos has details on two cats looking for a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday April 1, 2018]]>Sun, 01 Apr 2018 09:08:31 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/puppies1.png

NBC Andy Avalos has the details on two puppies looking to for a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday March 31, 2018]]>Sat, 31 Mar 2018 11:32:38 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/clcat.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two kittens looking to be paired into a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday March 25, 2018]]>Sun, 25 Mar 2018 08:23:42 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dog13.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on 9-month-old fitbit who is in search of a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Feb. 3, 2018]]>Sat, 03 Feb 2018 12:56:29 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180203.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on an adorable cat and a cute puppy searching for a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Found 10 Years After Family Was Told It Died]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:09:22 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ollie+the+cat.png

It has been 10 years since Oliver the cat accidentally got out of his home in suburban Lake Zurich.

After weeks of searching, his owners were told by their microchip company that Oliver had passed away. 

Now, "Oliie," as he's affectionately called, has been reunited with his family in an unexpected Chicago surprise.

Oliver had somehow managed to travel from Lake Zurich to downtown Chicago, where he was being cared for by a "cat colony caretaker," PAWS Chicago wrote on Instagram.

He was brought to PAWS Chicago over the weekend for a "trap neuter and release" appointment by that caretaker. 

"When we scanned for a microchip, we found out that it was registered to a family in Lake Zurich and he had been missing for 10 years," PAWS Chicago wrote. "The microchip company reported that the animal had passed away. We gave his family the unexpected call of a lifetime and they were overjoyed!"

Oliver's owners picked him up soon after, with the shelter reporting they were "overjoyed."

"As you can imagine, Ollie’s family is over the moon about his safe return," the post read. "Their daughter Laura had picked Oliver to be part of their family 10 years ago and reunited with him [Monday]!"

The shelter said the story amplifies the importance of microchipping animals. 

"Ollie is proof of how lifechanging microchips truly are!" PAWS Chicago wrote.



Photo Credit: Paws Chicago/Facebook
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018]]>Sun, 28 Jan 2018 14:46:11 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180128.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two kittens searching for a loveable home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Jan. 27, 2018]]>Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:02:44 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180127.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two dogs searching for their forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:34:53 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180121.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two kittens searching for their forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018]]>Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:25:27 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_170120.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two pets searching for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[CACC: Adoptions More Than Doubled After Call for Help]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:53:46 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Animal+Control+Exteriors+2741+S+Western+-+00002409_30479816.jpg

Less than a week after Chicago's Animal Care and Control said it may be forced to euthanize animals as the shelter filled to capacity during this month's brutally cold temperatures, the agency said adoptions have more than doubled as it offers new incentives for potential pet owners - but the struggle is far from over. 

In the first two weeks of this year, at least 61 dogs have found new homes, a 154 percent increase over 2017, officials announced Tuesday. Still, new dogs continue to arrive at the shelter daily as temperatures hover in the 20s with wind chill values in the single digits and below-zero. 

"Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) wants to sincerely thank Chicago residents, our valued partners, and everyone who has adopted a dog from CACC during the first two weeks of 2018," the shelter said in a statement. "While there is more work to be done and new dogs and cats arrive at the shelter daily, many kind, compassionate people shared information about CACC animals with their communities, dropped off donations, and best of all, came to adopt a dog."

Through the end of January, Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control is offering $100 to $200 incentives for rescue partners to transfer 50 "long-term" dogs, or dogs that have been at the shelter for 30 days or more, out of its facility.

In addition, Pets and Vets USA is offering a $100 training rebate incentive for up to 50 dogs through Feb. 18. Anyone who shows proof they completed a dog training course can receive up to $100 in reimbursements. 

"As the city’s only municipal shelter that must take all animals that come to its doors, [CACC] is committed to working to provide the best possible outcomes and find forever homes for all adoptable pets," the shelter said in a statement. 

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<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:46:47 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180113.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two pets searching for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:35:05 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180114.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two adorable pets who are looking for their forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018]]>Sat, 06 Jan 2018 12:51:41 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180106.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two pets looking for their forever homes in today's Clear the Shelters. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017]]>Sun, 24 Dec 2017 15:22:48 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171224.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has details on two pets looking for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017]]>Sun, 24 Dec 2017 15:21:05 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_70_8VSB_Ch5_1_131585051906340000.png

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has details on two pets searching for their forever homes this holiday season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, December 17, 2017]]>Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:47:20 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171217.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two adorable pets in search of a new leash on life. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, December 16, 2017]]>Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:56:27 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SAT+CLEAR+THE+SHELTERS+-+00003122_30095576.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to a cat and a puppy in search of their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:21:38 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/6A+PKG+SUN+CLEAR+THE+SHELTERS+-+00003017_30007353.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two sweet pets looking for new homes this holiday season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017]]>Sat, 02 Dec 2017 09:18:05 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171202.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two dogs in need of a loving home together. ]]>
<![CDATA['Pets for Vets' Waives Cat and Dog Adoption Fee for Veterans]]>Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:56:39 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/paws+chicago+pets+for+vets.png

Military veterans who adopt a cat or dog Saturday at a designated shelter can skip the adoption fee thanks to the "Pets for Vets " program.

PAWS Chicago and state Comptroller Susana Mendoza are offering the Veterans Day program with the help several sponsors. 

The program is part of "Comptroller's Critters" begun under late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. It aims to find adoptive homes for companion animals and reduce state and local animal-control costs.

Sponsors are Fifth Third Bank, Ariel Investments, Bentley's Pet Stuff, Blue Dog Bakery, Bourbon on Division, Choose Chicago, SP-plus, State Farm, Testa Produce, The John Buck Co. Foundation, and Tradition Gastro Pub and Bar.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago



Photo Credit: facebook.com/pawschicago]]>
<![CDATA[47 Dogs Rescued From Suburban Hoarder's Home]]>Sun, 05 Nov 2017 15:01:16 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/south+suburban+humane+society+thumb.pngThe South Suburban Humane Society is asking for help after saving nearly four dozen dogs from the squalor of a hoarder’s home.

Photo Credit: facebook.com/SouthSuburbanHumane]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, November 4, 2017]]>Sat, 04 Nov 2017 09:01:33 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171104.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two pets searching for their forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, October 29, 2017]]>Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:47:35 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171029.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two pets searching for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, October 28, 2017]]>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:18:35 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171028.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two pets searching for forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, October 22, 2017]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:27:52 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171022.jpg

The Anti-Cruelty Society's Colette Bradley has details on two furry friends looking for a new home. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, October 21, 2017]]>Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:33:20 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet.jpg

The Anti-Cruelty Society's Colette Bradley has details on two furry friends looking for forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, October 14, 2017]]>Sat, 14 Oct 2017 10:14:54 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_6A_CLEAR_THE_SHELTERS_AVALOS.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two adorable pets who need to find a good home in this morning's Clear The Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, September 24, 2017]]>Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:55:09 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Adopt_a_Pet_170924.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two adorable pets who need to find a new home together.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, September 23, 2017]]>Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:03:32 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Adopt_a_Pet_170923.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two pets in need of loving homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, September 17, 2017]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:52:38 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to pets in search of their forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:58:27 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_Adopt_a_Pet_170916.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two pets looking for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Help Animals Affected By Hurricanes Harvey, Irma]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:49:26 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/harvey+dog.jpg

Animal shelters across the Chicago area and northwest Indiana are banding together to help animals affected in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Just as you helped Clear the Shelters in the Chicago area this summer, many of these local shelters helped rescue dogs and cats in Texas to make room for pets displaced in the storms.

Now they need your help again. If you are considering fostering or adopting an animal, check the list below for opportunities. Donations are welcomed too as shelters pay for vet checkups and supplies for animals who just arrived from Texas.

Fetching Tails: Foster homes, donations needed
PO Box 463, Itasca, 60143

Volunteers from Fetching Tails, along with Players for Pits and One Tail at a Time, are heading to Houston to help with rebuilding efforts at area shelters and bring much-needed supplies.

They also will bring back "as many dogs in need of homes as possible, but we need foster homes to do so."

If you are considering fostering a pet, you can fill out an application here.

If you can't foster, consider a donation for the purchase of more supplies like collars, leashes, crates and flea/tick preventatives, and to provide medical care for rescued dogs. Click here to donate.

One Tail at a Time is also raising funds to care for the animals rescued during Harvey through its fundraising event Dog Restaurant Week 2017.


The Anti-Cruelty Society: Foster homes, volunteers, donations needed
169 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, 60654

The Anti-Cruelty Society teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States and Wings of Rescue to take pets in shelters prior to the storms and bring them to local shelters for adoption.

"This will help open up the Houston-area shelters to take in pets displaced by the storm and hopefully reunited with their families when things settle down," the shelter said.

If you are considering fostering, especially large breed dogs, head to the Anti-Cruelty website for more information. Those looking to volunteer once the animals arrive, can fill out an application here. Donations can be made here.

PAWS Chicago: Forever homes, donations needed
1997 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, 60614

Four vans filled with pets rescued from flood-stricken Texas arrived in Chicago Sunday, thanks to the efforts of PAWS Chicago animal shelter. In total, 43 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies made the 21-hour drive to Chicago, arriving at the organization’s medical center where they’ll be checked out and treated. Eventually, PAWS plans to put each of the pets up for adoption in hopes that they can find their forever homes in Chicago.

For details on adoption and how to make a donation, click here.

REGAP of Illinois, Inc.:Donations needed
4107 E. 3rd Road, Mendota, 61342 

The adoption group is running an online auction, going on now, to raise money for REGAP and a Texas-area greyhound adoption group. Donations can also be made to Hurricane Harvey relief.

Magnificent Mutts:Forever homes, foster homes needed
755 N. Wolf Road, Hillside, 60162

Magnificent Mutts collected items to send to Texas and are bringing in about 35 dogs that need foster homes. Those interested in fostering can fill out an application here.

Felines and Canines:Forever homes, foster homes, donations needed
6379 N Paulina St, Chicago, 60660

Cats aren't forgotten by this Chicago shelter that took in dozens of kittys in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Foster and adoptive families are needed to find homes for the cats. Donations also are welcomed to offset the cost to the facility. More information can be found here.

CatNap from the Heart:Forever homes, foster homes needed
1101 Beach Ave., La Grange Park, 60526

"We are reaching out to area shelters that will be bringing back cats for adoption to see if we can take any of them when they arrive," the shelter says.

CatNap from the Heart is looking for families who want to foster or adopt cats to help make room for animals coming in from Texas. Click here for more information.

Naperville Area Humane Society: Donations needed
1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville, 60563

Donations can be made locally to the Naperville Area Humane Society and to the Houston SPCA through their website.

ALIVE Rescue:
Foster homes, donations needed
2227 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, 60618

ALIVE Rescue is heading to Texas on Sept. 18 with supplies and will bring back cats and dogs. Donations can be made here. If you are interested in fostering or adoptiong, click here for more information.

Michiana Humane Society: Donations needed for Houston SPCA
722 Indiana 212, Michigan City, Ind., 46360

The Michiana Humane Society will raise money over the weekend to send to the Houston SPCA, "which is acting as a distribution hub for shelters, rescues and individuals working to save pets and reunite them with their families."

Donations can also be made at Michiana Humane Society and at the opening night of the Outsiders Outside Art Fair in Harbert, Mich. Click here for details.

One Tail at a Time:Foster homes, forever homes, volunteers and donations needed
2144 N. Wood St., Chicago, 60614

The Chicago shelter mobilized to Texas to bring supplies to Texas shelters and continue to take in animals from shelters there to help make room for those displaced by the hurricane.

"Our hearts are with Texas and the trauma being endured there. While we’ve sent crates, beds, blankets, towels and other supplies with rescue groups heading there, we’ll also be opening our doors to help those animals in need," the shelter said.

"Our understanding is that the best thing for friends of our shelter to do is to donate to shelters in Southeast Texas. Donating to the HSUS allows them to continue their massive rescue efforts."

Adopting from One Tail at a Time also helps make room for more animals in need. Fostering is needed "more than ever at a time like this." For information on adopting and fostering, click here. For information on volunteering, click here.

On Angels' Wings:Forever homes needed
5186 Northwest Hwy # 133, Crystal Lake, 60014

The shelter is working with the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago and GROWL from Indiana to bring back pets that have been waiting for homes in Texas shelters.

"We will be helping adopt out as many dogs and cats as we can from this sad situation." For more information, click here.



Photo Credit: PAWS Chicago]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017]]>Sun, 03 Sep 2017 16:36:45 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SUN_Adobt_a_Pet_170903.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two pets searching for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017]]>Sat, 02 Sep 2017 11:00:52 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Adotpt_a_pet_170902.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to pets searching for their forever homes in this week's Clear The Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, August 27. 2017]]>Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:44:53 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Adopt_a_Pet_170827.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter introduces us to two adorable pets looking for a new home in today's Clear The Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, August 26, 2017]]>Sat, 26 Aug 2017 07:47:54 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SAT_Adopt_a_Pet_170826.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has details on a dog and a kitten that are in need of loving homes in this week's Clear The Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Pets Find New Homes in Chicago Area for Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:09:28 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DHnKg0TXgAIBivk.png

Within minutes of doors opening at animal shelters across the Chicago area Saturday for Clear the Shelters, several animals had already found their forever homes. 

Just 30 minutes into the big adoption event, the first pet adoptions had been reported at PAWS Chicago, the DuPage County Animal Care & Control, Tails Humane Society in DeKalb and many more. 

Several hours later, success stories continued to pour in from dozens of shelters as long lines of people remained hopeful they would find a new family member to take home. 

Lines formed outside numerous shelters hours before doors opened for the massive event with families hoping to bring home a new furry friend. 

Outside the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago, nearly a dozen people were waiting just after 9 a.m. for their chance to meet the 48 cats and 24 dogs available for adoption Saturday. 

At the DuPage County Animal Care & Control, lines of people had formed with just 30 minutes until the start of the event. 

Shelters across the city, the suburbs and northwest Indiana opened at 11 a.m. for Clear the Shelters, which continues until 4 p.m. 

As of 5 p.m., 660 animals had been adopted and at least one shelter - Magnificent Mutts Animal Rescue in Hillside - was cleared, with numbers expected to grow. 

Last year, 53,000 animals were adopted during the nationwide adoption campaign, with more than 1,000 of them being from the Chicago area. In total, six of the participating shelters were completely cleared.

This year, nearly 30 Chicago-area shelters are participating, with hundreds of animals available for adoption. 



Photo Credit: Allison Rosati
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Pets Find New Homes in the Chicago Area]]>Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:58:04 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/first+adoption+main.jpgThe big day is finally here - pets in need are finding new homes left and right during Clear the Shelters! Dozens of shelters in Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana are waiving or discounting fees as part of the one-day adoption event.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Set for This Weekend]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:41:09 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_430P_PKG_CLEAR_THE_SHELTERS_TROTTER.jpg

We're less than 24 hours away from the annual NBC and Telemundo clear the shelters event! the goal - to help match needy pets with their perfect forever homes. Animal shelters across the country will be participating - including more than a dozen in the Chicago area. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter takes a look at what potential adopters can expect.]]>
<![CDATA[Marley Kayden Shares Her Incredible Pet Adoption Story]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:04:18 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/marley+chance.jpg

Chance came into my life 12 and a half years ago as a "special needs" rescue.

To elaborate on why he was considered "special needs" would bring tears to your eyes and rage to the soul of any animal lover, so I will simply say that he was abused. In just his few short months of life (the vet estimated him to be between 3 and 6 months of age at the time of his adoption), he had suffered such unthinkable treatment that the shelter had basically given up on him.

From the moment I first saw my sweet little red dog, with the most beautiful, crystal-clear, cognac-colored eyes, I knew I would do anything and everything I could to keep him safe and happy. More than a decade later, Chance is the BEST dog a fur parent could ask for! He is affectionate, intuitive, kind, playful, intelligent and appropriately protective.

Notice how I led with "a decade later..." 

Owning a rescue is not always the easiest and most fun path. Along the way I had to deal with food aggression, anxiety issues, and urinating at the sight of a man (the taller the man, the more I had to clean), to name a few. Some of these things are to be expected, and often already known when you adopt a rescue, but there are occasionally other unforeseen issues.

When I first got Chance, I thought I was just dealing with the mental issues stemming from his abuse. Little did I know that the head trauma he had suffered at the hands of his previous owner would lead him to have seizures. (Honestly, they upset me more than they do him).

I say this not to scare anyone, but to let you know that adopting a pet is a huge commitment. They become a member of your family, much like a child, and you are responsible for caring for them until their last day.

My husband and I always say that Chance makes us a family and not just a couple. There is so much joy added to your life when you allow a rescue to be a part of it. They are so grateful to be with you and they will never let you forget that you saved them. They'll also show their love by stealing your spot on the couch, taking up your entire side of the bed, and occasionally sneaking some food off your plate (my fault for leaving the plate where he could reach it!). Chance usually makes up for that with kisses though.

I can't imagine a world without Chance and wouldn't change a single thing about our life together. He brings me immeasurable happiness.

Hopefully reading this will inspire you to help us "Clear the Shelters" on Aug. 19 or simply reaffirm your decision to adopt. Please give a shelter animal a second "Chance." It will be one of the best things you ever do. I promise.

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<![CDATA[PAWS Chicago in 'Urgent Need' of Foster Families]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:41:19 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/benton+PAWS.jpgPAWS Chicago Medical Center is at capacity and is in need of foster families.

Photo Credit: PAWS Chicago]]>
<![CDATA[Everything to Know About This Weekend's Clear the Shelters]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:11:56 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cts+chicago.jpg

If you're planning to bring home a new furry friend during this year's Clear the Shelters in the Chicago area, you're not alone.

And if you have questions surrounding what you should do for the big event, you're probably also not alone. 

We've got you covered. 

See below for a complete guide to everything you need to know before you head out to a shelter this weekend.

What is Clear the Shelters?

NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago have teamed up with animal shelters across the Chicago area and northwest Indiana to find forever homes for deserving animals. 

Dozens of shelters in Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption event.

When is it?

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

Where is it? 

You can find a participating shelter near you with this interactive map or by using the full Chicago-area list here

Are all animals available?

The waived fees apply to animals ages 6 months and older. 

Has this event been successful?

Last year, more than 53,000 pets were adopted during the nationwide campaign. Several shelters were cleared across the country and many others nearly cleared. For a look at the event in the Chicago area, click here

If you'd like to know more about how some of the animals adopted during the 2016 Clear the Shelters are doing now, click here

Is this safe for the animals?

While many shelters will be waiving or discounting fees, the staff at each animal shelter will have complete control over who adopts the animals. Each shelter's adoption policy remains in effect throughout Clear the Shelters. 

When should I arrive?

Arrive early. In previous years, long lines have formed outside shelters ahead of the event, filled with people hoping to find their furry best friend.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:41:22 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_4PM_PKG_CLEAR_THE_SHELTERS_TROTTER.jpg

We're just days away from NBC's Clear the Shelters event. This Saturday - animal shelters across the country and right here in Chicago will waive the adoption fees for animals six months and older. Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society is one of many taking part in the event. Here's NBC 5's LeecAnn Trotter.]]>
<![CDATA['Instantly in Love': Producer Shares Her Pet Adoption Story]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:11:49 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/marlene+cats.jpg

I’m happy to say I’m the proud pet-parent to two adorable rescue cats: Sir Herschel Rupert and Lord Watson Willis Davenport.

We first rescued Sir Herschel in Kansas City, Kansas, on Jan. 20, 2009.

I remember the date because it was when President Obama was sworn in as the country’s first African-American Commander-in-Chief; it was also the day of a very terrible winter snow storm.

A co-worker had actually found Sir Herschel wedged inside the wheel well of his pick-up truck and brought him inside to shelter from the cold. That’s when I first met the tiny ball of fluff and fell instantly in love.

Since then he’s filled our lives with such great joy and love beyond measure. He’s very affectionate and loves belly rubs and snuggles. My sweet 17-pound Maine Coon Tabby is also a great host when friends, guests and foster animals come to visit. My husband and I like to joke that Sir Herschel is just a proper English gentleman trapped in a cat’s body.

When we moved to Chicago in 2012, I started to volunteer at Paws Chicago. That’s where we found Lord Watson Willis.

Our little Flame-point Siamese is quite the opposite of his big brother. Lord Watson is extremely curious, playful and adventurous. He’s also a happy chatter box and enjoys greeting everyone with a cheerful meow. But just like Sir Herschel, he’s very loving and loyal.

Both are now the best of friends and you can usually find them curled up together napping or chasing one another around the apartment.

I’m so thankful I get to come home to my two adorable fur-kids.

No matter how stressful life may get, they are always there to offer love and comfort. There have been many times where I’ve had a hard day and wanted to cry, but then one of them will jump in my lap and just want to snuggle, melting my worries away.

This simple act of affection makes all the difference in the world and I can’t imagine my life without them. I encourage anyone looking for a pet to please considering adopting. The ones we save may end up saving us as well.

Are you looking to take home a new furry best friend? There's no better time than this weekend. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, dozens of shelters in Chicago and the suburbs will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption event Clear the Shelters.



Photo Credit: Marlene Dela Cruz]]>
<![CDATA[Your Amazing Stories of Pet Adoption]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:28:28 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pet+adoption+cts.jpgAs the Chicago area prepares for Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago asked for your rescue stories. We are blown away by the touching statements of love and commitment to dogs and cats -- in many cases, older pets or those with special needs -- looking for a forever home.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Hits the Chicago Area This Weekend]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:39:38 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc+5+cts.jpg

If you're looking to take home a new furry best friend, there's no better time than this weekend. 

That's because NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago have teamed up with animal shelters across the Chicago area to find deserving animals their new forever homes. 

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, dozens of shelters in Chicago and the suburbs will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive Clear the Shelters. The waived fees apply to animals ages six months and older and all individual shelters' adoption policies apply.

Last year, more than 53,000 pets were adopted during the nationwide campaign. 

You can find a participating shelter near you with this interactive map or by using the full Chicago-area list below:

Animal Outreach Humane Society

5408 W Greenbrier Drive, McHenry

815-385-0005

Animal Welfare League

10305 SW. Highway, Chicago Ridge

708-636-8586

CatNap from the Heart

1101 Beach Ave., LaGrange Park

708-352-3914

DuPage County Animal Care & Control

120 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton

630-407-2800

Ellie's Animal Rescue, Inc.

54 N. Western Ave., Carpentersville

331-210-2311

Felines & Canines

6379 N. Paulina, Chicago

773-465-4132

Fetching Tails Foundation 

PO Box 463

Itasca, IL 60143

Hinsdale Humane Society

22 N. Elm, Hinsdale

630-323-5630

Magnificient Mutts

Petco, 755 N World Road, Hillside

708-703-5047

McHenry County Animal Care and Control

100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake

815-459-6222

Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, Inc.

722 IN-212, Michigan City, Ind.

219-872-4499

Naperville Area Humane Society

1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville

630-420-8989

New Beginnings for Cats

7701 E. 3500 N. Rd., Bourbonnais
815-472-4734

7701 E. 3500 N. Rd., Bourbonnais

815-472-4734

Orphans of the Storm

2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods

847-945-0235

PAWS Chicago

1997 N. Clyborn, Chicago, or 1616 Deerfield Road, Highland Park

773-687-4700

Rover Rescue

North Aurora, IL 60542

630-897-7454

South Suburban Humane Society

1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights

708-755-7387

Spay and Stay

555 E. Townline Rd. (Petco), Vernon Hills

847-289-4557

Tails Humane Society

2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb

815-758-2457

The Anti-Cruelty Society 

169 W Grand Ave, Chicago

312-644-8338

Tree House Humane Society

1212 W. Carmen Ave., Chicago

773-784-5488

Winnebago County Animal Services

4517 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103

815-319-4100

I Wanna Go Home Rescue 

509 215the St. Dyer, IN 46311

708-955-8375



Photo Credit: Sherene Pistotti]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, August 12, 2017]]>Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:13:20 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_170812.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two pets who need loving homes.]]>
<![CDATA[People Pet Vet Talks Clear the Shelters]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:07:34 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Talk+Stoop+Clear+the+Shelters.jpg.jpeg

People magazine Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle and celebrity pet vet Evan Antin stop by “Talk Stoop” to chat with Cat Greenleaf about the effort to “Clear the Shelters” on Aug. 19.

Dr. Antin’s biggest piece of advice for those planning on adopting a cat or dog: “Going to a local rescue or shelter and visiting with the dogs, and realizing whether or not this is a good move for you,” he says.]]>
<![CDATA[Help Us Clear the Shelters in the Chicago Area]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:33:10 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/clear+the+shelters.png

NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago teamed up with animal shelters across the Chicago area to find loving homes for pets in need. It's all part of the Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 19.

Dozens of shelters in Chicago and the suburbs will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. The waived fees apply to animals ages 6 months and older (not kittens or puppies), and all individual shelters' adoption policies apply.

You can find a participating shelter near you with the interactive map above and the full list below:

Animal Outreach Humane Society
5408 W Greenbrier Drive, McHenry
815-385-0005

Animal Services and Assitance Programs
Farm & Fleet at 11501 Route 14 Woodstock, IL 60098
815-568-2921

Animal Welfare League
10305 SW. Highway, Chicago Ridge
708-636-8586

Aurora Animal Care and Control
600 S. River St. Aurora, IL 60506
815-568-2921

C.A.R.E (Community Animal Rescue Effort)
1962 Peterson St. Chicago
847-732-1147

CatNap from the Heart
1101 Beach Ave., LaGrange Park
708-352-3914

DuPage County Animal Care & Control
120 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton
630-407-2800

Ellie's Animal Rescue, Inc.
54 N. Western Ave., Carpentersville
331-210-2311

Felines & Canines
6379 N. Paulina, Chicago
773-465-4132

Fetching Tails Foundation 
PO Box 463
Itasca, IL 60143

Help Save Pets – Oswego
1280 Route 34, Oswego
815-436-1500

Help Save Pets – Shorewood
189 Brook Forest Ave. Shorewood
815-436-1500

Hinsdale Humane Society
22 N. Elm, Hinsdale
630-323-5630

Humane Society of Calumet Area
421 45th Ave. Munster, IN
219-922-3811

Humane Society of Northwest Indiana
6100 Melton Road, Gary, IN
219-938-3339

Magnificient Mutts
Petco, 755 N World Road, Hillside
708-703-5047

McHenry County Animal Care and Control
100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake
815-459-6222

Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, Inc.
722 IN-212, Michigan City, Ind.
219-872-4499

Naperville Area Humane Society
1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville
630-420-8989

New Beginnings for Cats
7701 E. 3500 N. Rd., Bourbonnais
815-472-4734

Orphans of the Storm
2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods
847-945-0235

PAWS Chicago
1997 N. Clyborn, Chicago, or 1616 Deerfield Road, Highland Park
773-687-4700

Rover Rescue
North Aurora, IL 60542
630-897-7454

South Suburban Humane Society
1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights
708-755-7387

Spay and Stay
555 E. Townline Rd. (Petco), Vernon Hills
847-289-4557

Tails Humane Society
2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb
815-758-2457

The Anti-Cruelty Society 
169 W Grand Ave, Chicago
312-644-8338

Tree House Humane Society
1212 W. Carmen Ave., Chicago
773-784-5488

Winnebago County Animal Services
4517 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103
815-319-4100

I Wanna Go Home Rescue 
PetCo, 509 215the St. Dyer, IN 46311
708-955-8375

4 Paws Sake
Paw Palace at 2739 Glenwood Dyer Rd. Lynwood
708-758-3647

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: A Closer Look at Paws Chicago]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:24:11 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/duffel+top+gun.jpg

Paws Chicago is one of the city's largest no-kill animal shelters--helping save thousands of cats, kittens, dogs and puppies each year. It's also the only shelter in the Midwest that can care for critically ill animals on site. Alicia Roman reports.

Photo Credit: PAWS Chicago]]>
<![CDATA[Ill. Man Battling Cancer Finds a Companion in Adopted Dog]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:09:41 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/johnson+and+riley.jpg

Palos Heights resident Mark Johnson says his adopted dog was sent from heaven. While battling cancer, Riley, a rescued dog, became his companion.

The day after a surgery, Johnson met Riley and found her to be different from the dogs he had owned in the past. Johnson said Riley does not bark and provides a calming presence in his home.

“She’s the most fantastic dog on the planet,” Johnson said.

Riley, who Johnson describes as a 15-pound fur ball, was rescued by “I Wanna Go Home Rescue.” The dog was found being chased by a pit-bull and Johnson says he can still see signs of Riley’s past as a stray dog.

“I have no idea what her past was like, but I know her future is great,” he said.

Johnson is now in remission and continues to do everything with Riley. He said having a dog has helped him in so many ways.

“We are two peas in a pod,” he said.

NBC’s Clear the Shelters will take place on Aug. 19. “I Wanna Go Home Rescue” is one of the participating shelters.



Photo Credit: Mark Johnson]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs Rescued From South Korean Meat Farm by Elmhurst Shelter]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 22:40:51 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/yesan+dog+meat+farm+closure.jpg

Ten puppies rescued from a dog farm in South Korea where they were destined to be killed and sold at canine meat markets, have made their way to Illinois — and seven of them have already found their forever homes.

Humane Society International rescued the puppies, along with 139 other dogs, from a dog meat farm in rural Yesan in July, according the organization.

The meat farm is one of many in South Korea, where dogs are killed to make a spicy soup said to boost stamina and virility. Every year, more than a million dogs are killed and eaten during South Korea's Bok Nai days of summer. 

The puppies saved from Yesan have been transfered to animal shelters all across the U.S.

Linda Latelle, founder of Magnificent Mutts and Meows Rescue in Elmhurst, said when she got the call from HSI asking if the shelter could take in the 10 dogs, her answer was "Yes." Latelle and her team picked up the rescued pooches at Chicago's O’Hare International Airport and brought them home to Elmhurst to begin the process of preparing them for adoption.

Latelle said the first step was ensure the dogs received the medical treatment they needed. While caged in South Korean farms, the dogs are forced to live in their own feces, many with injuries and deep pressure sores, she said. 

“It’s really important [the dogs] got their medical attention here,” Latelle said.

Training the dogs was the next step in their recovery process.

Aly Gentile, the marketing coordinator for the Elmhurst Animal Care Center, said the dogs had to learn “how to be dogs again.” Because of their past mistreatment, the dogs had to learn to trust humans.

Throughout the process, Gentile used social media to bring attention to their plight and provide updates on their recovery. The 10 dogs, known as the Magnificent 10, began to gain attention on social media, and inquiries for their adoption followed soon after.

So far seven of the 10 dogs have been adopted.

Though the remaining three dogs from South Korea may be adopted before Clear the Shelters on Aug. 19, Magnificent Mutts and Meows Rescue have dozens of other adorable pets in need of a loving home. 

Interested families can visit Magnificent Mutts Rescue and meet some of the dogs and cats prior to adoption. 

The Yesan farm is the ninth dog meat farm that HSI has permanently closed since 2014, rescuing and relocating nearly 1,000 dogs.



Photo Credit: Human Society International]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Ranks Tops for Most Animal Shelters, Report Says]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:23:12 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AHORA-MASCOTAS1.jpg

Chicago really knows how to take care of its pets.

The city boasts the most animal shelters and pet caretakers per capita, according to a new study rating pet-friendliness. While it doesn't hold the top spot for pet-friendliness -- that honor goes to Scottsdale, Arizona -- it holds a respectable 40th of 100.

"To many of us, pets are family — only furrier, slimier and sometimes cuddlier than our human relatives," WalletHub researchers said in the report. "Naturally the nearly 85 million pet parents in the U.S. today seek out the places where their beloved companions can enjoy the highest standard of living — hopefully at the most reasonable cost."

WalletHub’s study looked at multiple factors to determine "creature-friendliness of the 100 largest U.S. cities," from pet health and wellness to budget and outdoor friendliness.

In Chicago, the study finds the city ranks high in pet health and wellness.

That's good news for pet parents deciding to move to a city that caters to their fur baby. For many, welcoming a pet is like having another child. According to Fortune magazine, 76 percent of Americans treat their pets as if they are part of the family.

But it isn't always cheap. WalletHub notes a pet can cost between $227 to more than $2,000 a year.

Good news for some towns in the Midwest: St. Paul, Minnesota, ranks first for the lowest dog insurance premium, followed by Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Considering adopting a pet? On Aug. 19, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago stations are teaming up with cities across the country to find forever homes for pets in need at animal shelters across the area. Find a location near you!



Photo Credit: Getty Images/Moment RF]]>
<![CDATA[Naperville Man Finds Success in Dog Adoption, Offers Advice]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:10:51 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/lucy6.jpg

Michael Jacobs adopted Lucy at PAWS Chicago during last year’s Clear the Shelters event. Growing up, Jacobs always had a dog and saw the event as an opportunity to own one again.

Jacobs began by researching the dogs available for adoption at PAWS Chicago. After checking the shelter's website, it was clear that the German Sheperd-Siberian husky mix was the right fit for him. He said Lucy just "caught his eyes."

On Clear the Shelter's day, he woke up early in the morning and headed to PAWS, hoping to be one of the first people in line. He wanted to ensure no one else adopted Lucy first. 

“Meeting her [Lucy] solidified she was the one,” Jacobs said.

Lucy is has come a long way, Jacobs said.

When she was first adopted, Jacobs described Lucy as high-strung. A year later, Jacobs says Lucy is calmer and has become acclimated to her new environment. Lucy also enjoys going to the dog park every day.

Jacobs said Clear the Shelters is a great event that he would definitely recommend to others. Cost should not be an issue when adopting a dog, according to Jacobs. But, he believes PAWS Chicago’s involvement in the event shows they want to help.

He said his biggest piece of advice for individuals looking to adopt is to be patient. He explained that the adoption process is not only a change for you, it is a big change for the dog as well.

“In the end, you will find the dog you are looking for,” he said.



Photo Credit: Michael Jacobs]]>
<![CDATA[16 Dogs Rescued From Meat Farm in South Korea]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 22:40:07 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_6P_HUSH_PETS_1200x675_1019531331711.jpg

Sixteen dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm are looking for forever homes in the Chicago area. Chris Hush reports.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Bathe Your Dog]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:24:45 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-05-at-8.25.58-PM.jpg

Is your pup stinky? Watch Ripley the Chocolate Lab get a bath at Bideawee, a no-kill animal rescue in New York City, and see how you can safely bathe your own canine.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, August 5, 2017]]>Sat, 05 Aug 2017 16:56:18 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelter.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two adorable pets who need to find a good home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: The Pets of NBC 5]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:29:07 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nbc+5+pets.jpgSee the adorable animals that are part of the NBC 5 family.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Adopting a Cat or Kitten]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 19:03:01 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_430P_PKG_CLEAR_THE_SHELTERS_SANTUCCI.jpg

NBC's "Clear the Shelters" pet adoption campaign is back and it's inspiring communities to partner together and find placements for pets. NBC 5 spoke with vet experts on adopting a cat, or kitten. NBC 5's Sabrina Santucci reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, July 30, 2017]]>Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:01:14 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_170730.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to some furry friends looking for a new leash on life.]]>
<![CDATA[Rescue Dog Helps Teen Overcome Seizures]]>Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:55:32 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/seizure+dog.jpg

For Lisa Reid, watching her son Ryan have his first seizure at age 13 was horrible.

“As a mother, I felt helpless,” she said.

Reid was considering adopting a dog for her son to help his previous emotional issues, but the seizure in Nov. of 2016 pushed her to go through with the adoption.

The Reid family went on to adopt Charlie, a golden retriever puppy, at a time when Ryan was having eight to 12 seizures a day. From the moment Reid went to adopt the puppy, she said Charlie bonded with Ryan.

Reid then took Charlie to I Wanna Go Home Rescue in Dyer, Indiana. Organization founder, Sue Hanlon offered to train the puppy to become an emotional support animal for Ryan.

As Ryan continued having seizures, missing school and going for testing, Charlie began to play a larger role in the family. Reid said when Ryan was having a seizure, Charlie would alert her by barking. 

Charlie helped Reid respond faster to her son's seizures and ensured he received the care he needed. The dog also helped Ryan relax.

“If Ryan gets in a mood, Charlie can clam him down,” Reid said.

Looking back, Reid seems at ease with her decision to adopt Charlie. Ryan has been seizure free since January and is now stable enough to spend his first summer at a Boy Scout camp.

Charlie is currently being trained at I Wanna Go Home Rescue by an ex-Highland, Indiana, police officer to become a fully certified service dog, free of charge.

“If you help someone who is sick, why would you charge?” Hanlon said.

I Wanna Go Home Rescue is one of over 700 shelters across the country participating in Clear the Shelters on Aug. 19. 



Photo Credit: Lisa Reid]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: For Paws Sake Rescue]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:25:17 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_4P_PKG_CLEAR_THE_SHELTERS_TROTTER.jpg

NBC 5 is gearing up for our 3rd annual Clear the Shelters event. This pet adoption initiative spearheaded by the NBC-Universal owned television stations will help save thousands of homeless pets by matching them with loving, safe and permanent homes. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter introduces us to one of the participating shelters: For Paws Sake Rescue.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, July 22, 2017]]>Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:51:41 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_5A_Adopt_a_Pet_170722.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to some furry friends looking for a new leash on life. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: What to Think About Before Adopting a Pet]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:35:04 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Cindy_1200x675_843994691846.jpg

News for those of you thinking about adopting a pet as NBC's nationwide "Clear the Shelters" initiative returns Saturday, Aug. 19. Sabrina Santucci has more on what you should think about when preparing to adopt.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, July 16, 2017]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:48:56 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_170716.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to an adorable pup who is looking for a new home. ]]>
<![CDATA[Puppy Left at Airport Bathroom With Heartbreaking Note]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:20:15 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chewy+Abandoned+Puppy.jpg

A miniature Chihuahua was left inside a Las Vegas airport bathroom along with a heartbreaking letter from the puppy's owner.

In the handwritten note, Chewy's owner reveals she's a victim of domestic violence and was escaping her "abusive boyfriend," but couldn't afford the airfare for her 3-month-old dog.

"She didn’t want to leave me with all her heart but she has NO other option. My ex-boyfriend kicked my dog when we were fighting and he has a big knot on his head. He probably needs a vet," the note, which was posted on the Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue (CMRD) Facebook page, said. "I love Chewy sooo much – please love and take care of him.”


Since sharing Chewy's story on Facebook, CMDR says there has been “tremendous interest” in the pooch. The Las Vegas-based rescue center said it reviewing all of the interest forms before it selects a new home for Chewy.

"However, there is but 1 Chewy and he can go but to 1 home. Please consider the hundreds if not thousands of "Chewys" loaded with love that are desperately seeking homes in shelters which are at max capacity, rescues are full! Please consider adopting another wonderful companion in his honor!" the shelter added.



Photo Credit: Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue
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<![CDATA[Special Needs Corgis Ready for Their Closeups]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:17:00 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/DSC_9647_Panda.jpgEach corgi in the series has either a behavioral, neurological or other medical need.

Photo Credit: Casey Christopher]]>
<![CDATA[Rescued Miniature Horses to Provide Therapy for Wounded Veterans]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:33:36 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Horse_Therapy_Helps_Wounded_Veterans.jpg

A riding center in Ramona is bringing together miniature horses saved from slaughter and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) in a program that helps heal all involved.

The Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center adopted two miniature horses on Thursday, and will use them in its program Operation Saddle Up, which provides therapy to wounded service members and veterans suffering from PTSD, according the center.

The miniature horses were rescued from slaughter in a Texas auction house by P.A.W. 4 The Foundation, an animal rescue organization founded by Charlotte Olhausen. 

According to Cornerstone, the horse therapy provided through Operation Saddle Up has brought an 85 percent decrease in suicidal thoughts, 75 percent decrease in PTSD and 90 percent decrease in anxiety for those veterans enrolled in their program.

In addition to helping service members, Cornerstone said the horses will be used to help children with special needs and serve as program ambassadors throughout the community once they are trained.

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<![CDATA[Retriever Fever: America's Most Popular Dogs, in Photos]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 20:55:37 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/178*120/1GettyImages-519107508_master.jpgThe Labrador retriever is America's best best friend, according to the American Kennel Club. This gallery features "aw"-inducing photos of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in America, as judged by the AKC.

Photo Credit: Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[ALS Treatment for Dogs Could Benefit Human Patients]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:46:47 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ALS+Dog+1.JPG

Despite the increased awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, few people know that a similar disease affects our canine companions. 

Degenerative myelopathy is a disease similar to ALS that causes progressive paralysis in older dogs. Both neurodegenerative diseases are fatal and there is no cure. 

As in humans with ALS, dogs with degenerative myelopathy eventually die when the respiratory system stops working, but often pets are euthanized before. 

But researchers at the University of Massachusetts partnered with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton, Massachusetts, to test a new drug therapy in dogs that they hope could one day benefit human patients with ALS. 

Dogs participating in the trial, which began in December 2016, undergo tests and are checked every three months to assess their neurological and motor functions. According to Tufts, four dogs are currently in the pilot study. So far, the therapy appears safe in pets, but researchers say it's too early to determine whether it will stop the disease or reverse it.

"Does it work? That’s the question I wake up and go to bed with every day," said Robert H. Brown Jr., a UMass Medical School neurologist and one of the world’s foremost experts on ALS.

The failure rate with clinical trials for any drug is very high.

"Approximately only 10 percent of drugs that make their way into people is actually approved by the FDA for use in humans," said Dr. Cheryl London with Cummings School.

One reason is that tests are done on mice, which are given the disease or genetically engineered. London says because of these factors, the disease in mice don't accurately represent what researchers see in humans. But diseases in dog, cats and even horses do. Researchers also say because these animals are much closer in makeup to humans than mice, the likelihood of success is greater.

Greta, a 9-year-old boxer, is one of the dogs participating in the clinical trial of the drug therapy and her owner hopes it could stop her disease from getting worse. 

"Her contributing to the research was really important," Greta's owner said. "That it links to human ALS and research in that area, it just seemed like Greta could help dogs and humans, both."

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If your dog has generative myelopathy and you would like your dog to take part in this study, click here to see if it meets the criteria.



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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, July 1, 2017]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 10:37:35 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_170701.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two adorable pets in need of a loving home. ]]>
<![CDATA[PAWmicon: Comic Canines in Cosplay]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:04:11 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/pawmicon_19.jpgCoo over woofers dressed as superheroes, and villains, too, from movies and comic books, at a sweet San Diego fundraiser.

Photo Credit: The Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, June 25, 2017]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:40:42 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Clear_the_Shelters_170625.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter introduces us to two adorable pets looking for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, June 24, 2017]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:20:11 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter introduces us to two adorable pets who need to find a good home.]]>
<![CDATA[Kristen Bell, Charlize Theron Gush Over Their Rescue Dogs]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 20:08:45 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/KristenBell-CharlizeTheron.jpg

As the Annenberg Foundation prepares to celebrate the opening of the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista, California, some of Hollywood's most famous dog owners are sharing their positive pet stories with fans.

In a new video posted on YouTube, Kristen Bell reintroduces viewers to her dog Lola, who she rescued at a shelter 13 years ago.

"I wanted a dog for my birthday, which was like my first dog as an adult and she was just staring at me from inside her kennel and I felt this instant connection and the woman at the pound said, 'You may not want that dog. She's been returned by two other families,'" the actress recalled. "And I said, 'Nope. That's my dog. That's the dog I want.'"

The rest, as they like to say in Hollywood, is history.

Stars Who Adopted Pets

Charlize Theron also stars in the video with her two beloved pooches Johnny and Berkley. The Hollywood actress couldn't help but emphasize how much pets can become part of the family.

"My children absolutely adore them and they adore my children and I cannot imagine my family without them," Theron shared. "What's better than opening your door and two friendly faces are just happy to see you no matter what? That's what Berkley and Johnny do."

She added, "They're strays, they look weird but they're so beautiful. You don't need a purebred dog."

The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is described as a community service and pet adoption center that includes veterinary care and animal education.

In fact, the center also focuses on "the celebration and study of the relationship between people and their pets -- and the important and beneficial impact of the human-animal bond."

"Looking out for another living thing is a way of learning how to look out for yourself, learning to have empathy and love and I think that's brilliant for kids," Stephen Moyer shared. "It's a great reminder for us."



Photo Credit: File/AP Photo
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<![CDATA[Nearly 1,000 Animals Rescued]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:17:08 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_rescuedanimals0621_1920x1080.jpg

Nearly 1,000 animals are being cared for after being found in an old moving truck in Fresno, California, Friday. Kendyll Lyons, a kennel worker at Fresno Humane Animal Services, has been working long hours to make sure the hundreds of birds, bunnies, quail and others. A total of 955 animals were rescued, but several have since died.


Photo Credit: KSEE-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Ultramarathon Dog Scores Book and Movie Deals]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 20:20:07 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17165751510592.jpg

Gobi, the stray dog who captured hearts when she adopted her human Dion Leonard during a 155-mile race across China's Gobi desert, will be featured in books and a movie depicting how the two met and bonded.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, June 18, 2017]]>Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:08:44 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000024157268_1200x675_970524227676.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two pets looking for a forever home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[34 Dogs Saved From 'Deplorable' Conditions in Calif. Home]]>Sat, 17 Jun 2017 16:28:33 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/6-17-17_Dog_Seizure.jpg

Nearly three dozen dogs were rescued Thursday from woeful conditions in a Scotts Valley home, according to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

The rescue happened after someone reported that several dogs were suffering from "deplorable and inhumane" treatment at a residence. The animal shelter officers were familiar with the property since there have been similar complaints made in the past, the shelter wrote on Facebook. 

"The conditions were such that [the dogs] needed to be seized," Linda Puzziferro from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter said. "They were breeding the dogs, and there were many dogs. The conditions were not good."

With the help of warrants and assistance from the Scotts Valley Police Department, the animal shelter retrieved 34 dogs. Most of the canines were Boston terriers, as well as some Tibetan spaniels and one Chihuahua mix.

The pets were not being treated appropriately and will need to be examined by the veterinarians, according to the shelter.

The dogs' owner struggles with hoarding problems and recently suffered a stroke, a man who lives on the property where the dogs were seized told NBC Bay Area. The man added that he understands there were too many dogs in one location, but claimed the pups were healthy.

The shelter is stretched thin, officials said, and asked for donations.

People looking for more information can find it online.




Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area
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<![CDATA[Calif. Couple Accused of Hoarding 180 Yorkies Pleads Guilty]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:48:23 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Poway-Dogs-RESCUED.jpg

A Poway couple, accused of hoarding more than a hundred Yorkie dogs inside their homes and a restaurant pleaded guilty Monday, confirmed prosecutors.

Christine Calvert, 62, and Mark Vattimo, 73, will be placed on three years of probation at their sentencing on July 11, said prosecutors.

Calvert and Vattimo previously pleaded not guilty in March.

Deputy District Attorney Karra Reedy said it's most important that the defendants get help, in order to make sure this never happens again.

The defendants must undergo counseling and are not allowed to own any pets, as part of their plea agreement. They also will transfer the ownership of a 31-foot motorhome to the Humane Society as restitution in the case, said prosecutors.

After 18 months of probation, Vattimo and Calvert may apply to have their felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors, according to Superior Court Judge Kathleen Lewis.

Back in January, the Humane Society received a report from a concerned veterinarian that suggested the Poway couple was keeping 180 dogs in deplorable conditions. The dogs were kept in dark, unsanitary rooms filled with feces, urine, and mice at the defendants' home.

When Humane Society officials went to the scene, they were prevented from entering the home, said Reedy. After a few days, they were able to come in and 94 dogs were removed from the defendants' home within the next eight hours.

Later, 29 dogs were also seized from a restaurant the couple owned and nearly 50 dogs were taken from a motor home when Calvert was arrested last February in Primm, Nevada, according to prosecutors.

It was unclear why the couple kept so many dogs in terrible conditions, Reedy said. All the animals had health problems, ranging from ear infections to severe matting.

The couple was charged with 10 felony counts, including animal abuse and neglect, and one count of resisting an officer.

The dogs were placed in the care of the San Diego Humane Society. 

More than 1,500 adoption applications were submitted for the Yorkies, prompting the organization to close the adoption process earlier than planned.

Ed. Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the name of a defendant. The article has been corrected. We regret the error.



Photo Credit: San Diego Humane Society]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, June 11, 2017]]>Sun, 11 Jun 2017 07:41:25 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000024017410_1200x675_964867139587.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to a cat and dog in need of a forever home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, June 10, 2017]]>Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:08:19 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000024015871_1200x675_964511811979.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to a cat and dog in need of a new home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Suburban Animal Shelter Helps Pets With Pr icy Surgeries]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 22:55:26 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_6P_MAD_SAVING_PETS_TROTTER.jpg

A couple weeks ago fetching tails foundation rescued coco from animal care and control. Her owners relinquished their duties because they couldn't afford the $1,500 surgery to remove this bladder stone. That's when Shelter Animal Surgical Service stepped up. LeeAnn Trotter reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Stolen Dog Reunited With SoCal Family 7 Year Later]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 08:06:59 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dog-reunion-060617.jpg

Pet microchipping led to a heartwarming reunion Tuesday for a Southern California family and their dog, who finally returned home seven years after she was stolen.

Kona, an 8-year-old pit bull, was dropped off by animal control at Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) Saturday in Camarillo, where workers scanned her for a microchip implant that led to her owner, Shannon Pratt.

The last time Pratt and her family saw Kona was seven years ago when the then-1-year-old pit bull was stolen from their backyard in Ventura County, according to VCAS. The family has since moved to Bakersfield and Kona's collar was left behind.

Upon receiving the good news from VCAS, Pratt and her daughters drove to Ventura County to pick up Kona.

Tuesday's emotional reunion, which was streamed live on VCAS' Facebook, shows Pratt and her three daughters happy to be reunited with Kona.

"It's just the best feeling when the microchip scanner beeps," said VCAS director Tara Diller. "It means the pet has a microchip, and the chances of reuniting pets with their owners increases exponentially."

Even though a microchip implant dramatically increases the likelihood of locating a pet's owner, the vast majority of lost pets do not have these implants, according to VCAS spokesman Randy Friedman.

This is also true of the lost pets at the Camarillo Animal Shelter. Few animals there have microchips, making it difficult to locate owners and move animals out of the shelter. The Camarillo shelter currently offers shelter to 240 animals, almost 100 animals more than its intended 150-animal capacity. The shelter has been far over capacity since it became a "no-kill" facility in 2014, Friedman said.

Microchip implants are the size of a grain of rice and last a lifetime, making them a "game changer" for lost pets, Friedman added.

Animal services officials especially urge owners to microchip their pets as July 4 nears. Friedman said that having a microchip implant will increase the chance that a pet will be returned if it gets lost after running from fireworks.

VCAS offers microchip implants for $10 at low-cost vaccination clinics that are held at different sites each month. Implants are offered for free for pets that were lost and have been returned to their owners.



Photo Credit: Ventura County Animal Services
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<![CDATA[50 Animals Rescued Following Animal Cruelty Complaint]]>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:15:04 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/196*120/NHSPCA+rescue+060117+1+EDIT.jpg

About 50 animals living in overcrowded, filthy conditions were rescued in New Hampshire and relocated to the New Hampshire Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA) in Stratham following an animal cruelty complaint, authorities said.

An NHSPCA spokesman says the animals include two horses, a mother dog and her four puppies, 27 rabbits and 15 guinea pigs.

All will be evaluated by a veterinarian.

The organization believes the dogs are suffering from worms and the horses appear underweight and without proper hoof care. Some of the rabbits and guinea pigs were suffering from urine burns on their paws.

"It is always devastating to see animals that were entrusted to the care of humans and those humans failed to provide it," said Lisa Dennison, the NHSPCA's executive director. "These animals have suffered at the hands of human seeking to make a profit from their offspring."

The NHSPCA says the owners of the animals are cooperating with authorities but are expected to face animal neglect charges. Their information has not been released.

Once the animals have recovered, the NHSPCA said they will be placed in homes.

The agency is seeking donations to help pay for their food, vaccinations and care. To make a donation, go to www.nhspca.org, call 603-772-2921, Ext. 102 or send it by mail to New Hampshire SPCA, PO Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago



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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, June 3, 2017]]>Sat, 03 Jun 2017 07:25:47 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023904500_1200x675_959396931825.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter introduces us to two dogs who need a new home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Isis, the Bomb-Sniffing Dog Protecting You]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 10:30:13 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/052417+isis+the+bomb+sniffing+dog.jpg

ISIS was raised in prison, but she wasn't doing hard time. The bombing-sniffing pooch was trained by female inmates at Florida prison to become a service dog as part of a program called Puppies Behind Bars. NBC 6’s Julia Bagg reports.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, May 20, 2017]]>Sat, 20 May 2017 11:35:19 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023679033_1200x675_948920387982.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us two to pets looking for a new home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Service Dog in HS Yearbook]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 21:31:55 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/soldier+campbell+yearbook1.jpg

To see Kathryn Campbell smile, you'd have to look into her past. The once active, talkative little girl started having seizures at the age of ten.

"She has since lost her ability to speak with us, and she doesn't smile very much anymore," said her mother, Kim Campbell. "We have lost that outgoing little girl, and that has been absolutely the most difficult part."

Bringing comfort to the whole family is Kathryn's best friend, Soldier.

"He's a goofball, and he's a big old scaredy cat. He eats socks, which is his absolute worst habit," Kim Campbell said.

Soldier is Kathryn's service dog. Together, they attend Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth. He's by her side constantly — even in the school yearbook.

But his presence is for more than just comfort.

"He can smell the differences in her body before the seizures actually happen," her mother said.

His alerts range from licking to pawing and barking, and they give Kathryn's caregivers an average 45-minute warning before a seizure occurs.

"Every seizure is life-threatening," said Kathryn's nurse, Samantha Stringer.

Stringer said she uses the extra warning time to prepare oxygen and rescue meds.

When she jumps into action, Soldier waits. He's always on alert, and he's always by Kathryn's side—through everything.

As high school freshmen they went to homecoming together—and then prom.

Soldier is an active member of Kathryn's classroom, so when it came to student picture day, Soldier took part.

"There's lots of kids rolling through, it's like, 'Hey! Here's a dog, okay good,'" said photographer Jared Pyfer, who captured Soldier's student ID picture.

Soldier is not only featured in an article with Kathryn in the yearbook, he also has his own picture, alongside the other students.

Because of his name's first letter, S, Kathryn's sister separates them in the row of pictures. But Soldier is close by—just like always.

"I think it commemorates their bond that they have. They get to go through all of this together," student Amanda Barber said.

Soldier is a proud student with a life-saving sense of smell and enough love to give anyone who needs some comfort.

"Every life matters and everyone that walks into this school matters," Stringer said. "Even a dog's life can make an impact of life and death, and I think that's amazing."

"He's a blessing, all the way around," said Kim Campbell said.



Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Need a Dog Walker? There's an App for That]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 20:44:25 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/2017-05-15_0630.png

If you have a dog you have to leave everyday to go to work, you may feel a little guilty? What if your dog needs to go outside? Well, there's an app for that. News4's consumer reporter Susan Hogan shows us how a new app can make your day guilt free.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, May 14, 2017]]>Sun, 14 May 2017 09:18:19 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023596692_1200x675_943501891903.jpg

NBC 5’s Andy Avalos introduces us to two pets looking for a forever home on today’s Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, May 13, 2017]]>Sat, 13 May 2017 08:45:50 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023585220_1200x675_943104067604.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two pets looking for a forever home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Pistons Coach Adopts Animal Shelter's Last Dog]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 20:37:33 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/US-MI-Last-Dog-Adopt-CR_1200x675_940425283974.jpg

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy and his family have adopted a Labrador retriever mix that was an animal shelter's last remaining dog following a pet adoption day.

Van Gundy, his wife Kim and their teenage daughter picked up Eastwood, a special needs dog, Tuesday at the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in the northern Michigan city of Harbor Springs.

Eastwood gained national attention last week for being the shelter's last remaining dog following a statewide "Empty the Shelters" free pet adoption day that found homes for nearly 1,600 pets at 66 Michigan shelters.

The friendly pooch was born with an eye defect and a leg deformity that may someday require surgery.]]>
<![CDATA[Duck Shows Up at Man's Home, Refuses to Leave]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 14:12:48 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_duckman0508_1500x845.jpg

A duck showed up at a Florida man's home a few weeks ago -- and he says it still won't leave the property. Lakeland resident Richard Martin says he tries to take the animal to a nearby lake but she always waddles back to his house.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, May 7, 2017]]>Sun, 07 May 2017 14:59:42 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023485816_1200x675_938192963614.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two pets looking for a new home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, April 30, 2017]]>Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:41:10 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023371176_1200x675_933122627714.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter introduces us to a kitten and dog looking for a forever home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Dog Rescue Waives Adoption Fees]]>Sat, 29 Apr 2017 22:32:11 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023370819_1200x675_933025347729.jpg

Chicago Dog Rescue One Tail At A Time is offering free adoptions this weekend. Barkworthies Natural Dog Treats is sponsoring adoption fees through Sunday April 30th.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, April 29, 2017]]>Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:43:12 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023338252_1200x675_932715587716.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter introduces us to a cat and dog looking to be adopted in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Survives 15 BB Gun Shots]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:32:08 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chance-the-cat-la.jpg

An eight-month-old kitten is recovering after being shot 15 times with a BB gun earlier this week.

The stray feline came in to Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital with multiple puncture wounds, all of them aimed at his head, according to hospital officials. Five BB gun pellets went through the cat's skull; surgeons were able to remove all but one, which was too deeply embedded. 

Hospital workers have named the cat "Chance" because he miraculously survived the attack. Veterinarians said that cats are normally quick to run away once they've been attacked, raising questions about how 15 shots were fired at the kitten. 

"We would think he would have ran, so it's a possibility that he could've been held down or tied down," Dr. Janie Guirguis said. "But we're not sure."

Chance was found hovering under a truck just a few blocks from the Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital in Orange County, California.

Doctors said the shock of the attack left Chance blind, but they're hoping he'll regain his eyesight as he heals.

Chance will continue to recover before Nohl Ranch begins searching for a suitable home.



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<![CDATA[PAWS Chicago to Host Annual Adopt-A-Thon This Weekend]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:31:08 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462462885.jpg

More than 100 four-legged friends are in search of their forever home this weekend.

PAWS Chicago, a no kill animal shelter, is hosting its annual Spring Adopt-A-Thon Friday and Saturday.

The two-day adoption event hopes to save lives and raise awareness of the needless killing of homeless animals, the shelter said. 

According to the organization, in 2016, nearly 9,000 cats and dogs were killed in Chicago. PAWS is working to build a no-kill community where all pets are given a second chance.

PAWS Chicago is the largest no-kill shelter in the city. They found homes for 5,125 dogs and cats in 2016. 

For more information about the Adopt-A-Thon, visit their Facebook page or website.

Where: PAWS Chicago Lincoln Park Adoption Center, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave.

When: Friday, April 28 - Saturday April 29, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 



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<![CDATA[Lab Report: Gene Researchers Map Out Dog Family Tree]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:27:50 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/gretriever.jpg

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have come up with the most complete and definitive canine family tree to date, NBC News reported.

They've spent more than 20 years sampling the genes of 161 breeds of dog, sequencing them and comparing them to show how breeds were mixed and matched to make new breeds. The genealogy also gives a rough timeline and geographic map of what came from where.

"It's very subtle variation in small numbers of genes that account for that very large difference in morphology that we see across breeds," said Elaine Ostrander of the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the NIH.

The goal is to track disease-causing genetic mutations, which often translate to human disease genes, Ostrander said.



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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, April 22, 2017]]>Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:02:15 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023224411_1200x675_927202371783.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two dogs looking to be adopted in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Match for Mutts? Website Helps People Adopt the Best Dog]]>https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Golden-Retriever-GettyImages-522796697.jpg

There's a new way to find the perfect family dog. 

The founders of the website How I Met My Dog say people usually select a pet based on appearance and breed. But that's barking up the wrong tree. 

How I Met My Dog matches humans and potential pets based on what really matters - personality, lifestyle and behavior. Some are calling it a canine version of eHarmony or Match for mutts. 

People looking for a new dog can fill out a personality profile based on their lifestyle. 

The site then matches them with dogs at shelters or that need new homes that would complement that lifestyle. 

The service has rolled out in the Boston area, and the founders are hoping to go nationally later this year.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago



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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, April 16, 2017]]>Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:12:21 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023141389_1200x675_922264131792.jpg

NBC 5’s Andy Avalos introduces us to a dog and cat hoping to find a forever home in today’s Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, April 15, 2017]]>Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:33:59 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023107335_1200x675_921914947677.jpg

NBC 5’s Andy Avalos introduces us to a cat and a dog looking for a new home in today’s Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, April 8, 2017]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:46:38 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023012417_1200x675_916933187508.jpg

NBC 5's Leeann Trotter shows us two adorable pets that need a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, March 26, 2017]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:35:44 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022793975_1200x675_906707011960.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos visits the Anti-Cruelty Society to find a home for two adorable pets.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, March 25, 2017]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:54:19 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022779093_1200x675_906332227581.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to a cat in dog in search of a home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, March 18, 2017]]>Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:16:13 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022646742_1200x675_901103683915.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces a cat and dog in need of a forever home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Animals of All Kinds Converge on Chicago Suburb for Pet Expo]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:14:42 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/pet+expo.png

Move over Fido and Tabby, all kinds of creatures are converging in Arlington Heights, where a massive pet expo began Friday. Byron Miranda reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, March 12, 2017]]>Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:36:00 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022560948_1200x675_896030787534.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two cats in need of a forever home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, March 11, 2017]]>Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:45:21 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022525967_1200x675_895600195584.jpg

A puppy and momma dog both need to find a good home. NBC5’s Andy Avalos has details in this morning’s Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, March 5, 2017]]>Sun, 05 Mar 2017 09:29:02 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022415966_1200x675_890487875962.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter introduces us to animals looking for a forever home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, March 4, 2017]]>Sat, 04 Mar 2017 09:13:38 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022413387_1200x675_890074179889.jpg

NBC5's Andy Avalos introduces us to some pets looking for a forever home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, February 26, 2017]]>Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:56:24 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022275672_1200x675_885160515629.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two animals looking for a forever home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, February 25, 2017]]>Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:53:54 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022275074_1200x675_884825155647.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to a cat and a dog looking for a home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, February 19, 2017]]>Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:38:31 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022179320_1200x675_880520771810.jpg

NBC 5’s Andy Avalos introduces us to two cats looking for a forever home in today’s Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, February 18, 2017]]>Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:12:31 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022177660_1200x675_880201795996.jpg

NBC5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two cats in need of a home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, February 12, 2017]]>Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:06:10 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022074558_1200x675_875537475652.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos visits the Anti-Cruelty Society to help find a home for two adorable cats.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, February 11, 2017]]>Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:28:15 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022056475_1200x675_875060803849.jpg

NBC5's Andy Avalos introduces us two kitties in need of a home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, February 5, 2017]]>Sun, 05 Feb 2017 08:54:05 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000021945205_1200x675_870497347541.jpgNBC5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two pets looking for a forever home in today's Clear the Shelters.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, February 4, 2017]]>Sat, 04 Feb 2017 09:27:15 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000021946785_1200x675_870099523517.jpgNBC5's Andy Avalos introduces us to a cat and dog in need of a forever home on today's Clear the Shelters.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, January 29, 2017]]>Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:09:38 -0600https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000021825329_1200x675_865234499960.jpgNBC5’s Andy Avalos introduces us to two animals who are ready to find their forever homes in today’s Clear the Shelters.]]>