These days animals are being left at shelters at alarming rate. The start of the holiday season is a great time to consider adopting an animal or attending an event in support of all the wonderful agencies that help give homeless animals forever homes.
Here are some upcoming events:
Thursday, Dec. 3, 4-7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, 12-5 p.m. Santa photos at Doggy Style Pet Shop, 2023 W. Division, Chicago. Get your pet's photo taken with Santa and help shelter dogs. With a $10 donation to ALIVE Rescue your pet will have a private sitting with Santa, receive a print of the photo and an email of a digital copy. RSVP at 773-235-9663.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6: Paws Chicago's Annual 36 Hour Adopt-A-Thon, 1997 N. Clybourn. More than 130 dogs and cats were saved during last year's Adopt-A-Thon weekend. Save a life and consider adopting this holiday season. Event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and runs through 10 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 773-935-7297 or visit www.pawschicago.org .
Saturday, Dec. 12, 12-3 p.m.: Jingle Pups in Andersonville. Check out the Jingle Puppies in the courtyard next to White Attic, 5225 N. Clark. These charming dogssome dressed like holiday elveswill be collecting pocket change. Of course, they'll be spreading holiday cheer, too. Red Door Animal Shelter, 773-764-2242, info@RedDoorShelter.org
Saturday, Dec. 12, 3-8 p.m.: The 10th Annual Lights of Love Open House and Lighting Ceremony, Tree House Uptown, 1212 W. Carmen. Features include delicious vegetarian food, live music and the illumination of the lights; guided shelter tours; presentations by veterinarians; an animal communicator and animal behaviorist; a silent auction; unique holiday merchandise; a bake sale; and arts & crafts. Suggested: $5 or cat- or dog-food donations gratefully accepted at the door. For more information, please contact 773-784-5488 ext. 238 or Erin@treehouseanimals.org .
If you are dressing up your pets for the holidays ( and who wouldn't be doing that? ) send a picture to WCTpets@aol.com by Thursday, Dec. 17. Photos will appear in the Dec. 23 section We Heart Pets.