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Homeless dogs homeless no more thanks to Adoption Day event at Aldens Kennels

Ray Chisholm, a volunteer with Lucky Dog Rescue, is surrounded by rescued dogs and folks considering adoption of a new pet at Aldens Kennels in Ringwood for the Animal Rescue Adoption Day March 11.

Ray Chisholm, a volunteer with Lucky Dog Rescue, is surrounded by rescued dogs and folks considering adoption of a new pet at Aldens Kennels in Ringwood for the Animal Rescue Adoption Day March 11.

As many as 10 homeless dogs may have found homes as a result of the McHenry County Animal Welfare Coalition’s Animal Rescue Adoption Day at Aldens Kennels last Sunday. The good news came from Lucky Dog Rescue volunteer Raymond Chisholm.

These dogs “are waiting for someone to come and take them home,” Chisholm said.

Cats and rabbits were also on hand for adoption at the event, though it’s not clear how many of them found homes. The number of dogs that found homes has yet to be determined. That’s because those hoping to adopt a dog undergo a screening process to ensure the dogs will receive good homes.

Chisholm and other volunteers transported about 10 dogs to the event. However, about 15 dogs were already there. Aldens Kennels works with Chisholm and Lucky dog by donating a significant portion of its kennel space for rescue dogs.

“Many of these are 11th-hour dogs,” said Janet Domrase, whose husband, Al, owns Aldens Kennels. “An 11th-hour dog is a dog that is very, very close to being put down at a dog pound somewhere.”

At Aldens, the dogs are taken for regular walks, receive baths and grooming and a little care and compassion that was sorely missing while they were fending for themselves or incarcerated.

“We try to give them a little overdue TLC while they’re waiting for homes,” Domrase said.

The event also included vendors, many from the Ultimate Event Showcase, who were on hand to present their wares. Much of what they had to offer was pet focused, such as custom leashes and such. However, even the booths that sold items for two-legged creatures were helping the cause. Their booth fees went to benefit homeless animals.

Chisholm said this was the second year for the event and that this year was a bigger success, and more well attended than last year.

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