When you think of Evanston, Illinois, you no doubt think of quality education and the Northwestern University - with strong social and civic values as the place that supported abolitionists during the Civil War. For animals and their owners in this community, the Evanston Animal Shelter is offering a range of quality services. The mission of this non-profit organization is to provide compassionate care for the abused, abandoned and relinquished animals, finding them homes through rehabilitation, foster placements, adoptions, and rescue organizations.
They offer counseling, education and support to the community to proactively promote positive human-pet relationships. They participate in the Shelter Animals Count National Database, an important collaborative tool for studying risk factors and variables that will bring improvements to the lives of animals.
The Evanston Animal Shelter Association is operated by an all-volunteer group who replaced the previous Community Area Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) with the goal of becoming a no-kill shelter in 2015. This successful transition has occurred with a focus on foster placements for animals in need of medical care or special behavioral management, concerted improvements with adoptions, and positive activism of the volunteers. With regular programs like the Rescue Readers in which children come to the shelter to read to the animals, the paw-sibilities for fur-ever friends grows stronger each year.
It's party time at the Pooch-A-Palooza! This event is hosted by Quad Indoor Sports in Evanston once a year. Owners and their pets come out to see the vendors, demonstrations and to participate in games for paw-ty animals. Activities include an agility course, play area, contests, games, and prizes. Puppies must be potty trained and all dogs must be on a leash. The event is held in October, so your pet can compete in a Halloween costume and plan for there to be dog appropriate tricks and treats! The event is held in an indoor sporting arena, so rain or shine, it's a chance to come together to enjoy the dogs.