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Celebrate Your Independence Bob Barker–Style

By Jacy Wojcik in News on Jul 1, 2008 7:52PM

6-1-2008-chicagoist-dog.jpgNow might be the time to adopt that dog you keep saying you're going to get. Animal shelters throughout Illinois are taking in hundreds of dogs and cats in need of new homes due to the recent flooding in nearby communities. Sally Matay, president of Illinois Animal Rescue, is receiving up to 1,000 e-mails a day from people looking for a good home for their pets as many families lost their houses or just can't financially afford them anymore.

Now might also be a good time to start that volunteering thing you keep meaning to do. Volunteers are working day and night to save these animals from being euthanized by rescuing them and taking them to no-kill animal shelters throughout the state. Volunteers from PAWS Chicago traveled to Cedar Rapids, IA last Sunday and PAWS is calling for volunteers to help out July 2-5, as vans of rescued animals will be returning back to Chicago and in need of extra care. We think there's time to squeeze in volunteering/adopting this weekend in between your friend's BBQ and the fireworks. And we also want to adopt Glimmer. And hug all of them . Including Knuckles, pictured.

For more info on volunteering or adopting, check out:
PAWS Chicago
Illinois Animal Rescue
Animal House Shelter
Anti-Cruelty Society