Our Pets

NAHS March Madness adoption program

In honor of the NCAA March Madness Tournament, the Naperville Area Humane Society is reducing the adoption fee for all adult cats through March 16 to $5.

“We have many adult cats at the shelter that just need a loving home,” said Michelle Lenz, animal care manager. “Some came to us as kittens and have sadly grown up in the shelter. Others have been with us for over a year!”

Lenz says the shelter has many pets with all types of personalities, and they have been altered, vaccinated and microchipped.

Find pets available for adoption at www.NapervilleAreaHumaneSociety.org.

The Naperville Area Humane Society is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1979 to promote the humane treatment of companion animals and create lasting human-animal bonds.

American Red Cross offers pet first-aid app

A new Red Cross pet first-aid app offers pet owners life-saving information in case of an emergency until veterinary assistance is available.

The 99-cent app gives iPhone and Android smartphone users instant access to expert information so they learn how to maintain their pet’s health and what to do during emergencies.

“The Pet First Aid App provides step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations, including how to treat wounds, control bleeding, and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies,” said Martha Carlos, chief communications officer of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.

Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies.

Also register for a Red Cross pet first-aid course at redcross.org/takeaclass.

Download the mobile app at redcross.org/mobileapps.

Paws & Claws unleash Motorcycle Charity Ride

The Wild Fire Harley Davidson Chapter 1084 in Villa Park and South Elgin’s Anderson Animal Shelter are hosting the third annual Paws & Claws Motorcycle Charity Ride on June 1.

All money raised for this event will go to Anderson Animal Shelter to help it care for, shelter and promote the adoption of stray and unwanted companion animals.

Open to all riders, the charity ride will go 65 miles and will begin at 10 a.m. at the Fox River Harley Davidson in St. Charles. The ride will conclude at the Outpost Tavern in Pingree Grove for an after party, complete with raffles, silent auction, food and fun.

Registration fees will be $20 for one rider and $30 for a rider with a passenger. For those who want to attend only the after party, the cost is $15.

Last year, there were 170 riders, and organizers hope 250 will participate this year.

Five different sponsorship levels are available for this event, from $25 for a marketing table at the pre-ride registration area to $200 for a more comprehensive presence throughout the day of the event.

To volunteer, email Laurel Garza at volunteers@andersonanimalshelter.org. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call the development department at Anderson Animal Shelter at 847- 697-2880, ext. 25. To learn more, visit www.events.org/2014pawsandclaws.