West Suburban Humane Society’s new adoption center brings more pets and families together – Chicago Daily Herald

For the past five decades, the West Suburban Humane Society (WSHS) has connected thousands of animals with loving homes. On Dec. 4, WSHS kicked off its 50th anniversary with a celebration and tour of its new facility during an Adoption Center Open House. While the new Adoption Center opened in March 2020 and has been operating since then, WSHS was thrilled to be able to officially unveil the space during an in-person gathering for longtime supporters, friends and the community.

“After being in our Adoption Center for almost two years already, it was so nice to see that our community is still interested in seeing our new space and learning more about our work,” said Christina Morrison, director of development for the West Suburban Humane Society.

During the day, attendees toured the new Adoption Center while they enjoyed refreshments and a hot chocolate bar free of charge. Humane educators provided fun crafts for both children and adults. In the evening, a ticketed event was held to celebrate WSHS’ 50th anniversary and continue raising funds for the cause through the organization’s popular Pawction. WSHS also debuted a permanent timeline artwork in which various events and special animals from WSHS’ first 50 years are featured.

“Through evening ticket sales, games, donations, holiday items for purchase, and the Pawction online auction, we raised over $20,000 that will go directly toward the care of our dogs and cats,” Morrison said.

Generous sponsors, including Gerald Subaru of Naperville, sponsored the Pawction to help get the humane society’s dogs and cats through the winter months. Their support helped WSHS put their auction online, which allowed them to reach more supporters and raise more funds.

“We are thrilled to continue supporting the West Suburban Humane Society,” said Alec McKean, Vice President of Service for the Gerald Auto Group. “We are so proud of all they have accomplished and can’t wait to see what the next 50 years brings.”



Morrison said the new Adoption Center has been a turning point for WSHS, as the upgraded HVAC system and additional space has allowed the organization to continue caring for and matching families with a dog or cat throughout the pandemic. The new Adoption Center is 8,600 square feet, almost triple the size of WSHS’ former buildings. The new Adoption Center still sits where WSHS has operated since 1987 — at the intersection of Ogden and Stonewall avenues in Downers Grove — but now with new and improved features. The new Adoption Center houses all animals who are not in foster care and provides each of them more space than the previous buildings. The new space allows for more separation between dogs and cats as well as sick and well pets. In addition, the new facility features a large room where humane education classes can be held as well as a large indoor play and adoption room for available dogs.

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Pets for adoption – Arizona Daily Star

Story: Kris Kringle is a handsome, blue-eyed Seal Point Siamese male who needs a new home for Christmas. He is a healthy boy whose family hated to part with him, but he did not get along with other cats, so needs to be your only feline.

Fee: $45, includes neuter, shots, and microchip

Contact: The Animal League of Green Valley, 1600 W. Duval Mine Road, Green Valley, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily (not open Christmas day); 520-625-3170 or

Story: Augustine’s foster mom calls him Augie. Augie and Kateri were born outside but have been getting love in Foster care. This litter of kittens are sweet and calm, are used to other cats, dogs, and a small child. Augie especiall…….


Crews douse North Park fire, revive two pet cats – The San Diego Union-Tribune


Crews revived two pet cats and doused a kitchen fire in a North Park apartment building late Monday morning, San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said.

The fire was reported about 11:35 a.m. on Park Boulevard north of Cypress Avenue, near North Park’s western border with Hillcrest.

Firefighters searched the apartment for victims, and came across two cats they needed to revive, Battalion Chief Erik Windsor told OnScene TV.

“Fortunately San Diego fire units have veterinary style EMS (emergency medical service) equipment on our units and they were able to use that equipment to revive the cats,” Windsor said.

He said the owner was taking the pets to…….