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Rescued dogs need temporary homes

Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

TAILS Humane Society has teamed up with Petco and Petco Foundation to assist overcrowded Oklahoma and Arkansas animal shelters by transporting 200 adult dogs and puppies from these locations to the TAILS shelter in DeKalb. To avoid displacing local dogs at the shelter, 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, executive director of TAILS, 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 in a news release.

Even though shelters in Oklahoma are also overwhelmed by highly-adoptable large- and medium-breed adult dogs, TAILS usually doesn’t accept them because cage space is limited and priority goes to local dogs. In order to give these dogs a chance to find their forever homes, TAILS has partnered with Petco and Petco Foundation to provide the veterinary care these animals need to become ready for adoption. Mega adoption events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 and 12 at Petco stores in Elmhurst and Algonquin and May 18 and 19 at Petco stores in Elmhurst and Orland Park.

Animal transports are scheduled to arrive April 18 and 23. Fosters should be prepared to keep their foster animal through the adoption events. TAILS will provide all food, veterinary care and a crate for foster animals. For more information, call Maria Schau at 847-431-4000 or go to www.tailshumanesociety.org.

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