DeKALB – TAILS Humane Society has teamed up with Petco and Petco Foundation to assist overcrowded Oklahoma and Arkansas shelters by transporting 200 adult dogs and puppies from these locations to TAILS in DeKalb. To avoid displacing local dogs, the new dogs and puppies need foster homes to care for them until they go up for adoption at mega adoption events hosted by Petco in May.
According to Beth Drake, TAILS executive director, northern Illinois doesn’t have a problem with dog overpopulation. In fact, adopters looking to bring a new puppy into their family can have a tough time finding one in a shelter and often resort to buying from a pet store, inadvertently supporting puppy mills.
“We have adopters here in the Chicagoland area who want to adopt a puppy from a shelter. We don’t have very many puppies that come to us locally, so while there is a surplus of puppies in Oklahoma, it makes a lot of sense to transport them up here for adoption,” Drake said.
Even though shelters in Oklahoma are overwhelmed by adoptable large- and medium-breed adult dogs, TAILS usually doesn’t accept them because space is limited and priority goes to local dogs. To give these dogs a chance to find forever homes, TAILS has partnered with Petco and Petco Foundation to provide the veterinary care the animals need to be ready for adoption. Adoption events are set 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 and 12 at Petco stores in Elmhurst and Algonquin, and May 18 and 19 in Elmhurst and Orland Park.
Transports are scheduled to arrive April 18 and 23. Fosters should be prepared to keep their animal through the adoption events. TAILS will provide food, veterinary care and a crate for foster animals. For information, call Maria Schau at 847-431-4000 or go to www.tailshumanesociety.org.