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Help local humane society win challenge

2013-06-26T00:00:00Z Help local humane society win challengeJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
June 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

South Suburban Humane Society staff members have been working their tails off to save more animals’ lives and win the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100,000 Challenge.

The Chicago Heights shelter is the only Chicago area one in the competition and only one of two Illinois competitors according to the contest website. It would be great to help them achieve this goal and the fabulous prize benefiting our area homeless pets.

If the shelter wins, it plans to use the funds to target spaying and neutering pit bulls and felines, which affect the shelter’s intake system the most. They’d also work to increase adoptions with these two populations.

South Suburban’s goal is to save 925 lives between June 1 and Aug. 31, according to its website

You can help by adopting at the shelter or finding a new friend at one of the many adoption events the shelter is having throughout the south suburbs.

Check out PURRSdays, where anyone who adopts a cat or kitten on a Thursday will have their adoption fee waived and receive a goodie bag of treats and one month of flea preventative.

South Suburban is an open door shelter, which means they never turn away animals even if they are full. I worked for a year at another area shelter and when we would turn people away, we’d tell them to try South Suburban. Its door is truly always open. It may not be as fancy as other shelters, but its commitment to animals is impressive nonetheless.

Visit the shelter’s website, call (708) 755-7387 or visit the shelter’s Facebook page to stay up to date.

In recycling news, the blue cans arrived in Hegewisch last week and I almost ran to the driveway to greet the delivery truck. Instead of scaring them, I stayed in the house and took pictures of my new glorious recycling can through the window. It was fun to drive home that night and see all the neighbors bringing in their new cans. Most seemed to welcome them into the family with joy.

Our next door neighbor asked me if those cans out front were ours to keep and I told her they were our new recycling cans. She’s a longtime Hegewisch resident and didn’t know how to recycle, so I gave her a few lessons and she said she’d start next week. At the very least, she found the blue cans to be a beautiful color. They certainly are. After living here four years with no curbside recycling and hauling my recyclables around in my car to the proper centers, those blue cans are the most beautiful waste receptacles I’ve ever seen.

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