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julieguestblogHi all, hope you are enjoying the Fall and its beautiful colors!  Since it’s November, National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, I have another local shelter to recommend:

Naperville Area Humane Society, www.napervilleareahumanesociety.org

Almost a year after I lost my first dog, it was time to adopt a new one.  I found one at NAHS who looked promising based on profile and an initial visit with just grown-ups. However, when I brought my daughter (then 5) to meet the dog, he went after her like she was made out of ham!  So obviously that was not the dog for us; I was pretty disappointed.

img_0808The NAHS volunteer supervising our visit then asked us a questions: “Have you met Stanley?” No, we had not, I said. So, a few minutes later, the most gorgeous pit bull terrier I’ve ever seen was being led into the meeting room. This was Stanley. He interacted calmly and sweetly with all of us, and I went home unable to stop thinking about this dog.  I went back to NAHS a few days later to see him again , and he was at the vet being treat for a UTI.  The letdown I felt when I wasn’t able to see Stanley that day was the biggest indicator that I wanted to adopt him.  When he was back at the shelter, we made one more trip there and did just that.

Now I realize this story is not remarkable. It sounds like a pretty standard adoption story, right? But what makes it noteworthy is the volunteer who asked the initial key question “Have you met Stanley?” She was being an advocate for a dog who probably had been overlooked a lot because of his breed. She saw that he was sweet with kids, active enough to keep me busy, and in many other ways a good fit for our household.  I was grateful that the thoughtful recommendation she made turned into the relationship with Stanley.

img_1002I think that’s what makes adopting a pet such a fulfilling thing to do, you are giving a second chance to an animal that likely ended up at a shelter through no fault of their own. Shelter volunteers know that, and give all the pets a chance to demonstrate what makes them special, and then try their best to match them up with the right owners. I’ve had 3 dogs as an adult, all adopted, all beloved, and all photographed to a ridiculous degree.

So add NAHS to the list of organizations to explore the next time you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new pet! Stop by the Downtown Naperville Two Bostons and talk to me or our manager, Todd (who just adopted the most adorable girl from NAHS) about our experiences there.  Happy Adopting!!

You were a kind and responsible citizen by picking up the stray dog, cat, or other pet you saw wandering around by itself. But what do you do now that you have this animal in your care?

dog-lost.siIt is critical that the animal is brought to the animal control that oversees the location where the animal was found. This is vital to providing the animal the best chance to be reunited with its owner. Oftentimes, animals that are stray have not been abandoned, but rather got loose by accident and have an owner searching for them.

If you decide to keep the animal at your home, please notify animal control so they can get a found report from you in case the owner contacts them. Be aware that you may be considered the owner if you hold onto the animal for a certain amount of time. When you talk to animal control, confirm what their policies are associated with caring for a stray animal.

Who to call?

  • If you find the animal in an unincorporated part of the county, call that county’s animal control.
  • If you find the animal within the city limits, call the non-emergency police department number.  Some cities have their own animal control, including Aurora, Bolingbrook, Joliet, and Naperville.  The non-emergency police department will be able to direct you accordingly.
  • The Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) cannot accept stray animals due to Illinois law but we are happy to refer you to the appropriate agency.

If you saw an animal running loose but did not feel comfortable handling the animal or if you were unable to capture it, still call animal control or non-emergency police to provide a description of the animal as well as the location of where it was running at large.  Doing so will enable them to be able to go out and assist the animal.

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Please help lost and stray pets get reunited with their families by contacting the appropriate agencies. Also help keep your own pets safe by ensuring they have proper identification (read my last guest blog Guest Blog: Does Your Pet Have the Proper ID?). Doing so will help the community be safer for pets and people alike.

Anna Payton, Executive Director at the Naperville Area Humane Society. Visit us at www.NapervilleAreaHumaneSociety.org, follow NAHS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @NaperHumane

 

Fan-DogSummer is often an enjoyable season for people and pets…However hot weather can be uncomfortable for people and animals alike. When you feel the temperatures rise, think about how you would feel wearing a fur coat. If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog. The following are some summer safety to insure you and your pooch have a happy, healthy summer.

  • Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water.
  • When outside, make sure there is shade available that your dog can rest in.
  • Take your dog for a walk in the early morning or in the evening when temperatures are cooler.  Also avoid walking on asphalt as it can be much hotter than other surfaces and burn the pads on your dog’s feet.
  • Heartworm is a deadly disease which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Be sure to discuss with your veterinarian heartworm testing and preventative. Flea and tick preventative should be discussed as well.
  • Never leave your dog in a closed car on a hot day. Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside the car escalates to high temperatures very quickly.  Not only is this extremely dangerous and fatal for your dog, it is also against the law.  Play it safe and leave your dog at home if you think you might have to leave him in the car.
  • Water safety for dogs has many similarities to water safety for children.  Never throw a dog into the water, especially if it is their first attempt at swimming.  Introduce them slowly in shallow water to insure a positive experience. Dogs should always wear a flotation device when they are on a boat. Do not leave dogs unattended by pools or bodies of water.  Not all dogs are good swimmers and those that are can tire out quickly.
  • Brachycephalic dogs such as Bulldogs and Pugs have a harder time breathing and panting so keep these types of dogs out of the heat and in the air conditioning.panting
  • The heat can also be harder on overweight and senior pets so they should also be kept in the air conditioning as much as possible.
  • Know the signs of overheating! Early symptoms of heatstroke include rapid breathing and excessive drooling.  Advanced symptoms include white gums, lethargy, and shock. If you suspect your dog is overheating, immediately try to cool him down and contact your veterinarian.
  • Most dogs are scared of fireworks. The loud noise can startle your dog and cause him to run off. Or a curious dog might get injured by getting too close to a firecracker or sparkler. Please leave them at home or inside when taking part in Fourth of July celebrations.

AnnaPaytonFor more information on how to keep your pet safe this summer, ask any Two Bostons Team Member or consult your veterinarian.

Anna Payton is the Executive Director at the Naperville Area Humane Society.  Visit them at www.napervilleareahumanesociety.org; follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NaperHumane

 

 

AnnaPaytonLiving in the Midwest, we never quite know when the warm weather is going to descend upon us.  Now that it is finally here, this is the perfect time to focus on identification for pets since the number of animals running loose increases during spring and summer. People are more likely to be spending time outside, kids are home from school and may accidentally leave gates or doors open, fireworks can startle pets, as well as a variety of other reasons.

The best way owners can insure they are reunited with their pet is to have proper identification for their animal.  Your pet should always have their collar and ID on at all times, even if they are in your house or in your backyard, in case they escape. The following are suggestions for insuring your pet has proper identification:

1. Make sure that you not only have a current rabies tag for your pet for the county you reside in, but also insure that it is securely attached to your pet’s collar.  This is not only required by law, but it is extremely beneficial to your pet.  Be sure to attach your tag as soon as you receive it so you don’t forget. A tag is not going to help your animal return home if it is sitting on your counter.

2. You can also get an ID tag to display on your pet’s collar as well.  ID tags are available for purchase at the Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) when you adopt your new furry friend, or you can of course purchase ID tags at Two Bostons! An ID tag should have at least one phone number on it and preferably your address too. Make sure you get a new tag if you move or your information changes.

3. The most foolproof form of ID for your pet is a microchip as it is a permanent method of identification. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and implanted underneath an animal’s skin between the shoulder blades with a syringe. Animal shelters, vet hospitals, and even some police departments have scanners that they use to scan animals. If they have a microchip, a number comes up on the scanner, the number is a part of a registered database that will then be contacted to get the owner’s information. Microchips are especially beneficial in the event that your pet is not wearing their collar or it slips off.  Vet hospitals offer microchipping as well as some animal shelters. (NAHS microchips all animals that leave the shelter, but we currently do not microchip animals for the public.) Be sure to register your animal with the microchip company as the microchip is useless without the owner’s information connected to the chip.  As with ID tags, make sure yo update your information with the microchip company in you move or your information changes.

lg_1761_8355_catOne final note, please remember that pet IDs are not just for dogs!  Cats also should have identification.  Microchipping your cat is highly recommended as cat collars come off very easily and many cats do not tolerate wearing one.

Providing your pet with proper identification will help insure a happy reunion if your pet is ever lost. So get your pet the ID they need and give yourself peace of mind while you get out and enjoy the warm weather.

Anna Payton is the Executive Director at the Naperville Area Humane Society.  Visit us at napervilleareahumanesociety.org. Follow NAHS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: at @NaperHumane

 

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There are many options available for acquiring your next furry family member…so why should adoption be your first option?

  1. Variety – Millions of animals go through the shelter system every year, which means there is a wide variety of animals available for adoption including puppies, kittens, and purebred animals.  The Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) always has different types and ages of dogs and cats available for adoption.  Other organizations offer different species for adoption including rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, lizards, horses, and so many more!
  2. Searchable – While the majority of animal shelters, humane societies, and rescue groups are independent from one another, there are many search engines such as Petfinder.com that help facilitate finding the perfect pet for you.  NAHS posts animals that are available for adoption on our website, Petfinder, and social media.  Most adoption agencies post their available animals through various mediums to make it as easy as possible to find the pet your are looking for.
  3. Complete Package – The animals at NAHS receive a behavior assessment, an exam by a veterinarian, medical care, microchip, and are spayed/neutered prior to going up for adoption.  Thus, all of that is included with the adoption fee.  Adoption agency policies can vary, so ask what is included prior to adopting.  In addition, to ensure a good match for the new family and the animal, staff spends time counselling and working with the adopter to help make sure the animal is a good fit for their lifestyle.
  4. Support – NAHS provides continuous support to not only our adopters but also the general public on common behavior challenges, training, and general pet care advice through our online resources and our behavior helpline.  We are always willing to lend an ear and if we don’t know the answer, we will refer you to someone who will.
  5. Become a Difference Maker – Not only are you making a difference for the animal you are adopting by giving them a second chance, you are also making space available for the shelter to take in and help another animal in need. Take pride in knowing you are making a difference when you choose to adopt!

If you have never been to an animal shelter or you are looking to add to your family, I encourage you to check out the shelters in your area.  Stop by NAHS and say, “Hi!” I would be happy to show you around.

Anna Payton is the Executive Director at the Naperville Area Humane Society.  You can find them at 1620 Diehl Rd., Naperville, 60563; call them at 630.420.8989; visit their webiste at www.napervilleareahumanesociety.org; or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @NaperHumane.

 

When you think about getting a new dog, most of the time our minds automatically go to looking at cute, fluffy puppies.  I mean, they really are just adorable…but have you thought about adopting a senior dog?  November is Senior Pet Month and next time you think about bringingMabel_terrier Chihuaua mix a new four-legged family member into your home, think about the benefits of a senior dog.

  1. What you see is what you get:  Older dogs are an open book – you know what their full-grown size is, what their eating and grooming requirements are and they will have already established their temperament and personality.  This will help ensure that this is the right dog for you and your family!
  2. They have manners: Most senior pets are already housetrained; unlike a puppy, and are usually familiar with basic commands (Come. Sit. Stay.) that will make your life easier.  If your household has young children this is especially helpful!  Old dogs are eager to please and enjoy the mental stimulation, they also have a lot of experience in reading humans which will help them quickly figure out how to do what you are asking.
  3. An older dog is past the chewing phase: Anyone who has had a puppy that has chewed furniture, shoes, rugs, and anything and everything else they can get to…you can now relax!  The chewing is a puppy behavior and you will not have to replace your favorite shoes anymore.
  4. A senior dog requires less exercise: You might be experiencing this already…as we age we all slow down a bit.  Same goes for a dog, they will be less frisky and rambunctious than a puppy, so the requirement for exercise will be far less.
  5. They are not a 24-7 Job: Dogs in their older years will not require the constant monitoring like puppies do.  You will have more freedom to do your own thing.
  6. Just Add Love: An older animal will adapt to a new family given love and time.  You might not be this dog’s first family (or even 64a5a33b-306b-4e7d-aec2-a6273a2ef100second or third), but once you adopt and shower him with love you will be his only family!
  7. Great for all ages: Senior pets have a more relaxed temperament which makes them excellent companions for the young and elderly.  More mature people benefit with an older dog companion that is aligned with their energy level and lifestyle, and children can benefit from an animal who is more tolerant and who may already be well socialized with them.
  8. They know they have been given a second chance: Talk to anyone who has adopted a mature dog and they will tell you that they are convinced their pet knows they have been saved.  Just one look in their eyes and you can see that they are saying, “Thank you for saving my life.”
  9. Be a hero: At shelters and rescues, older dogs are more than always the last to be adopted.  Taking one home will give you an emotional return on your investment, and you will feel the rewards every day you spend together!
  10. They are Cute…do you need anymore than that!

Brutus_beagle mixIf you are interested in visiting our local shelters to meet some adoptable senior pets here are some of the local shelters that we would recommend visiting first.  A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter, Hinsdale Humane Society, Naperville Area Humane Society and West Suburban Humane Society.

Anna Payton, Executive Director at the Naperville Area Humane Society shares how becoming a Foster Parent can make a difference.

Anna%20and%20Gulliver%20web“Every day we are inundated with emails and phone calls from people wanting to rehome their animal and high volume shelters needing help with placing animals in their care.  This is one of the hardest decisions staff faces daily.  Which animals do we have room to take in and help and which ones will have to wait for space to become available.  The Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) is a small but mighty shelter with only 18 dog kennels and space for about 40 cats.  Our staff and volunteers provide the animals within our walls great care and love daily.  One of our goals is to increase the number of animals we help per year.  With our space being limited, we cannot do that without your help.

By becoming a foster parent, you can make a big difference for the animals in our community by truly saving a life.  On a temporary basis, you will provide a warm, loving environment, or kittens that are not quite old enough to go up for adoption.  NAHS is here to support you throughout the foster process and answer any questions you may have along the way.  When we have an animal in need that is a match for you, you will be contacted to see if you are available to help.  In the middle of painting your house or getting ready to go on vacation?  No problem.  We will contact you next time we have an animal looking for a foster home.

The length of time you foster depends on the needs of the animal.  We do our best to accommodate foster families and their time available.  There is an initial $50 fee to become a foster ($25 foster license through the Illinois Department of Agriculture and $25 general volunteer program fee through NAHS).  For all the details about the NAHS foster program, please visit our website.

As someone who has fostered many animals over the years, I can honestly say that being a foster parent is a very rewarding experience for adults and families alike.  Please help us increase our capacity for care of animals in need and become a foster parent today!”

20150730_095300Does this make you want to find out more or sign up to be a Foster Family?  As part of the Two Bostons 10 Year Anniversary Celebration we are searching for NEW Foster Families.  The first 10 new families (per shelter) to contact, and be accepted as a foster family before August 31, 2015 in this rewarding program will receive a “Foster Hero Basket” valued at over $500.  As you generously open your heart and home you will find you have everything you need to feed, treat and entertain your Canine Foster Friend. Contact one of these shelters today to find out more information: A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter, Hinsdale Humane Society, Naperville Area Humane Society, or West Suburban Humane Society.

 

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As we celebrate our nation’s birth this month, our Team also decided to celebrate something that benefits YOU. It’s something that drives every single decision we make at Two Bostons, and it makes us very proud: We’re an independent, locally-owned business.

This means that whether you shop, work, or volunteer with us, YOU are an active contributor to local charities and Naperville civic life. YOU help create financial stability for our local community. YOU establish a training ground for generations of future entrepreneurs. YOU assist local shelters with supportive programs that help pets in need find loving forever homes.

 

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We’re a proud member of indieboundnaperville.org, and we’re also a featured retailer on shopindieretail.com (check out the Thundershirt segment)! We recognize that as our customer, you place a huge level of trust in the experience and service capabilities of our Team Members. It’s a responsibility we never take lightly. After all, every time you make the conscious choice to shop at Two Bostons, YOU make sure that:

  1. Community nonprofits receive ongoing support. It’s a proven fact that local business owners donate more to community charities than non-locals. At Two Bostons, we’re dedicated supporters of The Naperville Area Humane Society, A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter, and numerous others.
  2. Environmental impact is reduced. Local organizations make more local purchases that require less transportation. Two Bostons currently has 59 product lines that are exclusively MADE IN THE U.S.A. – and within those lines, we offer many different products including treats (like Sojo’s, Cloud Star, Stella & Chewy’s, and Bravo); toys (like Planet Dog, West Paw Design, Ruff Dawg, and GoughNuts); and foods (like Fromm, Pure Vita, Zignature, Nutrisca, Merrick, and Raw Bistro). In addition, many of our supplements and ALL of our collars are U.S.A.-made.
  3. More value is created within Naperville. Studies show that a dollar spent at an independent retailer is normally re-spent 6 to 15 times before it leaves the community. When you spend that same dollar at a national chain store, 80% of the money leaves town immediately. So by choosing to shop at an independent retailer like Two Bostons, you create $5 – $14 in value right here in Naperville for every dollar you spend! This helps give Two Bostons the resources we need to keep expanding our U.S.A.-made product line, provide community volunteers, and develop programs that directly benefit local organizations.
  4. Two Bostons owners invest in Naperville. Local business owners live in our community. They’re less likely to leave and they’re more invested in the community’s future. Our Two Bostons owners, for example, are members of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. They’re active in the Downtown Naperville Alliance. They periodically attend Naperville City Council meetings. They’ve led Two Bostons to develop a comprehensive cause marketing program that allows local organizations to receive vital sustaining funds. Our owners inspire our entire Team to partner with these organizations and participate in numerous community outreach events every month.

On August 16th , for instance, we’re partnering with popular Naperville eatery Crosstown Pub & Grill to bring you Pints 4 Paws! Stop by either of our locations through August 15th, and in return for a $20 cash donation to NAHS you’ll get a glass that you can fill with $2 pints or $3 craft pints from 12 noon -4 p.m. on the day of the event. Plus, of course, your pup’s invited to join us on the patio! Visit our Facebook page or web site for more fun summer happenings that are making a difference!

Why do YOU shop with Two Bostons? We’re always interested to hear your feedback!

If you’re reading this, chances are you already know about the hazards of purchasing a new pet from a traditional “pet store.” More and more cities are becoming intolerant of puppy mill outlets looking for nothing more than a quick profit. The city of Chicago is, in fact, the latest to enact a ban on the selling of puppy mill dogs at pet stores within its city limits. This is critical, because the Midwest is considered a key distribution hub for mill activity.

But in an unfortunate twist, rescue and shelter pups often receive an equally bad rap. I’ve talked with several friends (even a couple relatives) who have a vague perception that these pets are more neglected and somehow “inferior” to pet store pets. Yet so many of our area shelter and rescue organizations house dozens of healthy, happy pets who have received as much quality care and nurturing as the animal-loving staff and volunteers can shower upon them.

Here are five common myths about shelter pets … plus a little bit of kibble for thought.

Misconception #1: Shelter pets are neglected or run down.
Consider this: I’ve volunteered at several area shelters (our wonderful vet does pro bono work for many of them) and I’ve always been impressed by the care and attention these pets receive. I wasn’t surprised to learn that when executives at Petplan Pet Insurance analyzed recent customer claims data, they discovered that — compared to pet store animals — pets adopted from shelters or rescue organizations are actually less likely to require an unexpected trip to the vet. In well-run shelters, animals receive vaccinations upon intake, and they’re placed on a regular diet. Most are already spayed/neutered and even microchipped when you adopt them. Well-run facilities like Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) make periodic kennel refurbishments to ensure their pets get the safest, most secure accommodations possible while awaiting a forever home (see how you can help Two Bostons support this vital NAHS project!).

Misconception #2: I won’t properly get to know a new shelter pet before taking him/her home.
Consider this: Many shelter and rescue organizations (check out, for example, NAHS, Anderson Animal Shelter, Help Save Pets, and Perfect Pooches) offer online pet profiles that help you get a sense about their adoptable animals right from the start. And on the contrary — most reputable shelters or rescues will have you schedule a ‘get-acquainted’ session with your prospective pet. Similarly, most also refuse to conduct “one-day” adoptions. To learn more about a given pet, we’ve always asked to speak with foster parents because they can often share some great personality and training insights. It’s also smart to formulate a list of questions you can ask the staff veterinarian and available shelter team.

Misconception #3: I’ll never find a purebred dog at a shelter or animal rescue.
Consider this: According to current statistics, more than 25% of all dogs in shelters are actually purebreds. They come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. In fact, check out our recent blog on BDS, or black dog syndrome — many adoptive parents may actually overlook a beautiful darker-colored pet (even a purebred or even-tempered mix), simply because these animals don’t show up as clearly in photographs! It’s always worth taking a second look to find the lovable pet (pure-breed or mixed-breed) who’s destined to win your heart.

Misconception #4: Shelter pets are generally older.
Consider this: Local shelters and rescues like Perfect Pooches Adoption Agency have pets of all ages. What’s more, the intake mix often changes from week to week, so check back periodically. But if you’ve automatically ruled out an older pet adoption, it might also be worth asking yourself why. Many older pets have already been trained and housebroken, and most are calmer than a younger animal. This means less initial (and ongoing) work for you as a pet parent. What these older pets really need most is a safe, secure home and someone to show them consistent love. In return, they provide unwavering loyalty, companionship, and affection. Their adoption fees are often lower, as well.

 

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Two awesome pups from Perfect Pooches! Sweet Sophia (left) is a calm, cuddly Belgian Shepherd mix who’s around 12 years young and 35 lbs. She loves to romp and go for walks. Handsome Bubba (right) is a 6-7 year old, 13 lb. Terrier mix who has been patiently waiting for his forever home since July. This super-smart guy knows all his basic commands — he’s just waiting for you to notice him! Visit http://www.perfectpooches.org/available-pooches.html to learn more.

 

Misconception #5: Disabled or special-needs pets just aren’t an option for me.
Consider this: Again, you may want to ask yourself what’s driving this opinion. As vets like Dr. Miranda Brady remind us, “Blind dogs can often get around every bit as well as their sighted counterparts, because dogs are so reliant on scent. It simply helps to keep the environment somewhat stable. Much of the time, you might actually forget the dog is blind.” In the same way, deaf dogs often get along beautifully by learning special hand signals. Notes Dr. Brady: “Instead of speaking the command verbally, you simply let your pup know what you want through hand signals, body language, and touch. Most deaf dogs can live an active, vibrant life.” Maryland-based Pets with Disabilities is one of the nation’s premier rescue services for disabled animals. Visit them online, and you might just meet an extra-special new family member.

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Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that serves and shelters cats and dogs on a limited-admission basis. This means that animals eligible to enter the facility are pre-screened to carefully allow for available space. The shelter facility itself can currently house as many as 18 dogs and 40 cats; and a top priority at NAHS is making sure every single animal in its care receives loving and compassionate attention based upon that animal’s individual needs. Everyone at NAHS recognizes that for a homeless cat or dog, entering a shelter can be a bewildering, stressful, and often terrifying experience.

During their time at NAHS, each animal receives basic vaccinations as well as necessary medical care. This includes being neutered or spayed before being released to a new owner, since NAHS knows firsthand that animal overpopulation has already reached crisis proportions in our society. NAHS staff and volunteers are extremely conscientious about assessing each animal’s temperament, then matching the specific needs of that pet with a new family interested in adopting. NAHS also offers humane education and behavioral helpline services while it continues to focus on re-homing the companion animals in its care.

The original 3,500 square foot NAHS facility was built in 1988, and since then it has housed and helped more than 20,000 cats and dogs in our community. Over time, the facility has been updated and refurbished in accordance with the needs of these animals and the availability of necessary resources. According to Executive Director Angie Wood, NAHS will soon undertake a critical refurbishment project that updates the 18 dog kennels currently on its premises.

“Our continued goal is to ensure that our facility provides a healthy, safe environment for the animals in our care,” explains Ms. Wood. “We’re beginning to see paint peeling and chipping in several of the kennels, and a few areas have been worn down to mere cinder block. We want to avoid the possibility that our pups would lick or chew at any of these areas, so our goal is to have the kennels updated by Spring of this year. This is an extensive undertaking with an estimated project cost of $100,000 – but these animals deserve the safest, most secure environment possible while they await a loving, adoptive family of their own.”

NAHS expects that the actual upgrade work will take roughly 2-3 weeks to complete, and during that time the dogs will be moved to individual foster care homes – or hopefully, placed in brand new forever homes — while the facility itself is completely shut down. During this time, incoming calls and messages inquiring about adoptable animals will continue to be reviewed and returned.

 

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Click on the photo above to see a close-up sampling of the adorable, adoptable pets currently available at NAHS. From left to right: super-smart Boxer mix Bertram; snuggly Hound mix Brody; shy-and-sweet Retriever mix Layla; docile Domestic Shorthair Martini and his mild-mannered brother Rossi (who would love to be adopted together);
and graceful girl Cat Benetar.

 

Two Bostons greatly values the work that NAHS is doing, and is hoping to assist with a large portion of this expense. According to Two Bostons owner AdreAnne Tesene, the goal is to help raise $25,000 in support. This is where key initiatives like the “Shamrocks for Shelters” fundraising drive comes in. Through March 18th, Two Bostons customers can stop by any Two Bostons Naperville location and choose a Shamrock that allows them to make a donation. All of the contributions collected via Two Bostons Naperville stores will go toward the NAHS kennel refurbishment project. In addition, contributions collected at the Geneva store will go toward ongoing animal TLC at Anderson Animal Shelter.

If you’d like to learn more about assisting NAHS during its kennel refurbishment project, visit either of our Two Bostons Naperville locations. We also encourage you to contact NAHS directly to discuss additional ways you can help!