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TAILS conducts two suburban adoption events

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 1:31 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – TAILS Humane Society in DeKalb has teamed up with Petco for a pair of mega-adoption events featuring more than 100 adoptable dogs and puppies of all breeds. Dogs and puppies will be available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Petco stores at 199 Illinois Route 83 in Elmhurst and at 49 W. Rand Road in Arlington Heights.

Through funding provided by Petco Foundation, adoption fees will be deeply discounted for this event. Adult dog adoptions will be just $75 and puppies younger than 6 months will be $200 plus a $75 obedience class deposit. All dogs and puppies will be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and dewormings, and microchipped, and all adoptions will include a free vet exam at a participating veterinary clinic and one month of free pet health insurance.

According to Beth Drake, executive director of TAILS, most of these dogs and puppies will come from TAILS’ partner animal shelters in Oklahoma.

“Even though northern Illinois doesn’t have a significant dog overpopulation problem, shelters in Oklahoma are overflowing with absolutely wonderful adult dogs and puppies, all of whom need homes,” Drake said. “We are pleased to work with Petco to offer these animals a chance at a forever home here in the Chicagoland area.”

Animals available for adoption at the mega adoption event have been cared for in TAILS foster homes prior to the event. This allows them to begin the process of getting used to life in a home rather than in a shelter, and ensures that they are healthy and ready for adoption.

“Our foster volunteers are magnificent,” said Maria Schau, TAILS offsite adoption coordinator. “In the short time they have these animals, they begin to teach them what it means to be loved and they nurse them through any ailments they may have when they arrive. It’s because of our foster volunteers, that we can save as many lives as we do. We try to reserve space at our shelter for dogs who come from our local area, so Oklahoma dogs and puppies go immediately into foster homes. Therefore, the more foster homes we have, the more lives we can save.”

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