Friends Forever hosts pet rescue fair


FREEPORT – Just in time for the holidays, Friends Forever Humane Society hosted an animal rescue fair on Saturday at the local Freeport shelter.

The event provided an opportunity for area residents to meet adoptable pets, learn about state programs from State Representative Andrew Chesney, who donated his time and its resources to help sponsor the event.

Chesney said he is the proud owner of a rescue Labrador and is keen to share Friends Forever’s mission of caring for and placing adoptable cats and dogs in homes forever.

“There is always a need for responsible pet owners to share their love and home with furry friends who are looking for their forever home,” Chesney said. “We hope this will help begin the process of placing available pets with loving owners in time for the holiday season.”

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Carol Falconer, executive director of Friends Forever, said more than 75 people have registered for the three-hour event for the chance to tour the facilities and meet adoptable pets.

Many brought donations of money, food and other supplies. Donations continue to be accepted, and there is still time to adopt an animal from the shelter for Christmas.

“We always have a need at the shelter, especially during the winter, and we always want the chance to have our wonderful pets ready for forever homes,” said Falconer. “This last year has been a struggle for us so I hope for a better 2022.”

Bob and Beverly Peterson of Lake Carroll visited the fair on Saturday looking for a dog for adoption. The couple’s dog died about a month ago.

“The rescue is important to us,” said Beverly Peterson. “We are looking for an older dog.

Dugan McCarten of Freeport also stopped by the fair.

“I love rescue… and I’m ready,” McCarten said.

Falconer said the shelter will provide additional treats and food for the animals they are caring for for Christmas.

“Those who are still with us at Christmas will all have something special,” she said. “They are loved.”

Donations of cash, Farm and Fleet gift cards, food or cleaning supplies can be dropped off at the shelter or mailed to 966 Rudy Road, Freeport, IL 61032.

Jane Lethlean is a freelance correspondent.


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