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Consider Opening Your Home and Your Heart

August 07, 2011

Do you have room in your metro Chicago real estate for a homeless furry friend? Here is an easy way to find one in need.

PAWS Chicago listed Keating, a sweet terrier who needs a home.

The state’s chief fiscal officer, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, has teamed up with local animal rescue groups to create Comptroller’s Critters, an online hub of pets who need homes.

Each year in Illinois, tens of thousands of animals are euthanized because they have nowhere to live.

Last year, more than 17,000 potential pets were put down in the city of Chicago alone.

Animal control efforts costs taxpayers a lot of money, so the site helps in two ways: It allows residents to save an animal’s life while reducing animal control costs at a state and local level.

A.D.O.P.T. listed Hoss, a cute kitty who has love to share.

The site was set up at no additional taxpayer expense and includes photos and mini-bios of each animal in need of a home from more than 50 Illinois shelters.

“Comptroller’s Critters puts pets in loving homes by using our website, information from shelters, and other resources already in existence,” said Topinka, who launched a similar ‘Treasured Pets’ program during her three terms as Illinois State Treasurer.

“In fact, by bringing adoptable dogs and cats together with families that want them, we will save in the long-run on overpopulation and animal control costs.”

If you have room and love to give, please consider saving an animal’s life today.

For more information, visit ioc.state.il.us/comptrollers-critters.

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Once you have that precious pet, you want to hold onto it.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn this week signed a bill to help pet owners throughout Illinois be reunited with their lost pets.

Senate Bill 1637 requires animal control centers to make serious efforts to identify a lost animal’s owner within 24 hours.

Facilities must scan for an implanted microchip that shows owner contact information within 24 hours of an animal being impounded, and then a second scan must occur before the animal is adopted, transferred or euthanized.

The new law also ensures that animal control personnel contact any agent or caretaker of an animal, such as its veterinarian, by phone or email if that information can be found. Current law requires only written notification.

If contact is made, the law allows an agent or caretaker to reclaim the animal by paying any fees charged by the agency or shelter.

The new law takes effect January 1.

“For people throughout Illinois, pets are family members and their loss is grieved like that of a loved one,” said Governor Quinn.

“This legislation will ensure animal facilities throughout the state make every effort to return pets to their rightful owners and reduce the number of shelter animals that are needlessly euthanized each year.”

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