PACT Humane Society Receives $2,500 Petco Foundation Grant to Support Animal Welfare Efforts in Bloomingdale

PACT Humane Society of Bloomingdale today announced it has been awarded a $2500 grant from the Petco Foundation to support the medical care for the dogs removed from the hoarding situation in North Chicago. 

PACT is a nonprofit organization that offers cats and dogs for adoption from within the Bloomingdale Petco store, 412 W. Army Trail Road, for over three years and has done over 900 adoptions.  PACT also offers subsidized spay/neuter surgeries as part of a partnership with the Petco Foundation and local veterinarians. 

The Petco Foundation grant will be used to provide veterinary care and housing for at least five dogs removed from a hoarding situation.  “The dogs have skin infections which will require at least 4-6 weeks of care before they can be adopted,” explained Chad Bettencourt, Director of Operations for PACT.  He also indicated that they need significant socialization.  “We are grateful for the support of Petco,” he added. 

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999.  Today, with more than 8,000 local animal-welfare partners across the country, the foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco’s more than 1,200 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal-welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, and the Petco Foundation is also involved in many national animal-welfare efforts. 

In 2012, the Petco Foundation surpassed $100 million in funds raised for companion animals since the organization was created. To learn more, visit www.petcofoundation.org

For more information about low-cost spaying/neutering, adopting or volunteering, please visit PACT’s website at www.pacthumanesociety.org, email chad@pacthumanesociety.org or call 630-375-7017.

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PACT HUMANE SOCIETY RESCUES DOGS FROM NORTH CHICAGO HOARDER, NEEDS FOSTER HOMES

PACT Humane Society, which operates out of the Bloomingdale Petco store at 412 W. Army Trail Road, has taken 5 dogs that were seized by North Chicago Animal Police last week.  According to news accounts, 30 dogs were removed from a one-bedroom apartment after a complaint to North Chicago Animal Control led to the discovery of the dogs which were in “varying degrees of dehydration and malnutrition.”  The owner of the dogs relinquished them and was charged with violations of the Humane Care for Animals Act.

PACT Humane Society has transferred 5 dogs and will be placing them for adoption once they have been cleared by the veterinarian, explained Chad Bettencourt, Director of Operations for PACT.  PACT is looking for foster homes to temporarily house the dogs with families.  “The more foster homes we have, the more animals we can save,” said PACT Foster Care Coordinators Nicole Hatchell and Barb Berendt.

“We have worked with North Chicago Animal Control before and support their efforts to save the lives of all the animals they take in,” said Bettencourt.  “They have very limited resources, so we will be collecting supplies and donations for North Chicago Animal Control, as well.”

PACT has put all of the North Chicago dogs on their website to try to find adopters.  For more information about adopting, donating supplies, volunteering or low-cost spay/neuter, please visit PACT’s website at www.pacthumanesociety.org, email chad@pacthumanesociety.org or call 630-375-7017.
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PACT HUMANE SOCIETY OFFERS COLD WEATHER PET TIPS

With temperatures well-below freezing, PACT Humane Society wants to remind the public about keeping pets safe. “Make sure to wipe off your dog’s paws, legs and belly after a walk,” said PACT’s Dog Vet Care Coordinator, Amber Brown. “You don’t want them walking on salt or antifreeze and then licking it off.” She explained that salt used to melt ice from sidewalks can dry out paw pads and cause them to bleed. Antifreeze is a lethal to pets, so be sure to clean up or dilute any drips or spills from your car. If you pet does ingest antifreeze, seek veterinary care and contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center immediately.

“Don’t leave pets in the car for any period of time,” noted PACT’s Cat Vet Care Coordinator, Pam Malkowski. “A pet could freeze to death very quickly in these temperatures.” PACT Humane Society volunteers recommend calling local police if you see a pet left in a car, noting that it is a Class C misdemeanor to confine an animal in a motor vehicle in such manner that places it in a life or health threatening situation by exposure to extreme heat or cold.

“Don’t let dogs run off leash off your property,” added PACT’s Dog Training Coordinator, Kristen Derrico. Dogs can easily get lost in the snow and ice because they may lose their scent. “And make sure your dog has ID tags on,” she said.

Cat On-Site Coordinator asked that people keep cats inside, noting that cats that go out are vulnerable not just to the cold, but to being hit by cars, exposed to infectious diseases, dogs and wildlife.

PACT Humane Society, which operates out of the Bloomingdale Petco store at 412 W. Army Trail Road, has been offering cats and dogs for adoption there for three years.“We have done nearly 900 adoptions at the Bloomingdale Petco,” explained Chad Bettencourt, Director of Operations.

For more information about low-cost spaying/neutering, adopting or volunteering, please visit PACT’s website at http://www.pacthumanesociety.org, email chad@pacthumanesociety.org or call 630-375-7017.

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PACT HUMANE SOCIETY OFFERS “BLACK PET FRIDAY” AS SHOPPING ALTERNATIVE AFTER THANKSGIVING

For all those people who avoid the shopping chaos associated with “Black Friday” After-Thanksgiving sales, a local Humane Society is offering a compassionate alternative.  PACT Humane Society, which has an adoption center at the Bloomingdale Petco store at 412 W. Army Trail Road, is looking to promote its black cats and dog for adoption.  Prospective adopters will enjoy free coffee and sweets while visiting with the pets that need new homes.  And the humane society is offering free gifts with every adoption.

PACT will have volunteers ready to assist prospective adopters from 11am-5pm on Friday-Sunday, November 29-December 1.  “We have over 50 dogs and cats for adoption, and we would especially like to find homes for our nine senior cats and dogs,” explained Chad Bettencourt, Director of Operations.  He added, “PACT welcomes animal lovers who want to volunteer, as well.”

For more information about adopting, volunteering, or low-cost spaying/neutering, please visit PACT’s website at www.pacthumanesociety.org, email chad@pacthumanesociety.org or call 630-375-7017.Image

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PACT HUMANE SOCIETY OFFERS SUBSIDIZED SPAY/NEUTER FOR PEOPLE IN NEED

Thanks to the Petco Foundation, PACT Humane Society has teamed up with area veterinarians to offer low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for the pets of families in need.

PACT Humane Society, which operates out of the Bloomingdale Petco store at 412 W. Army Trail Road, has been offering cats and dogs for adoption there for three years.  “We have done nearly 900 adoptions at the Bloomingdale Petco,” explained Chad Bettencourt, Director of Operations for PACT.  “Now we want to be able to offer area residents assistance with spay/neuter.”  He acknowledged the organization’s appreciation to the Petco Foundation for the grant that enabled the assistance.

The discounted prices are only $25 for a male cat, $35 for a female cat, $45 for a male dog and up to $60 for a female dog.  Pet owners will need to show proof of vaccinations or have them done at the time of surgery at the owner’s expense starting at $10 per vaccine.

In order to maximize the number of families served by the grant, PACT is asking recipients to demonstrate proof of need, including social security/disability, Medicare or unemployment. 

However, Bettencourt pointed out that there is no income or need requirement for pit bull dogs and feral cats. “PACT will assist all pit bull owners with free sterilization surgery,” Bettencourt said. 

In addition, he explained that PACT has, since its inception, promoted TNR, trap-neuter-return, for feral cats. “Our Petco grant is enabling us to offer $20 surgeries for all feral cats which are brought to the vet hospital in a trap.” 

For more information about low-cost spaying/neutering, adopting or volunteering, please visit PACT’s website at www.pacthumanesociety.org, email spayme@pacthumanesociety.org or call 630-375-7017.

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