Hello: for me it’s about taking care of dogs
Today’s column is for dogs because I have two topics that I will cover to get my point across: many dogs need our help, and for me it will be about politics and our local shelter at Friends Forever Humane Society.
I try never to use this column to talk about a political subject, but there is one subject that fascinates me and that is the existence of puppy mills. I am against them and I want them to be closed.
I’ve read too much about the inhumanity of these puppy mills and the horrible conditions these animals live in to mass produce designer dogs for money.
I am not against purebred dogs because I have a purebred cocker spaniel. My dog is not from a puppy mill, but from a breeder that I researched before I had Porter Valentino.
I have already adopted the Friends Forever Humane Society and continue to support this local shelter by write about it and also donate to the shelter.
First, let me address a bill that sits on Governor JB Pritzker’s desk that was written by State Representative Andrew Chesney, R-Freeport. House Bill 1711 aims to end the puppy mill market by ending the sale of commercially bred puppies to retail outlets.
This bill still allows reputable and responsible breeders to sell puppies to retail stores, but this bill puts an end to puppy mills. I’m glad Chesney said, “I only have a few issues that enter me more than animal misuse, abuse and neglect. I believe our Northwest Illinois values recognize that it is imperative for the Illinois to demand an end to puppy mills in favor of directing the pet market to more humane sources like puppy mills. shelters and responsible breeders.
I agree, so if you agree with me, please call the Pritzker office to ask them to sign this invoice.
On a happier note, Friends Forever is preparing for a major fundraiser with The Rock and ResQ from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday at the shelter located at 966 Rudy Road, south of Freeport. There will be a live band, lots of food and auction items for sale to help raise funds for this important refuge.
The Spotted Dog group is on the rise and has volunteered their time. This means that 100% of your entrance fee goes to the shelter.
The event is suitable for dogs. Three sections of the dog park will be open to your dog and you will get a future day pass.
All of the food and drink stalls were donated by sponsors, so again 100% of the money spent on food and drink will go to the shelter. And, there will be beer and wine for those 21 and over.
There will be amazing auction items, from Cubs tickets and diamond cat pendants to pizza. There is something for everyone at all prices. All items have been donated so once again 100% of what you spend will go to the shelter.
This is a great opportunity to get out into the community safely. You can distance yourself if you feel more comfortable. Introducing yourself is the best way to say thank you to our community of sponsors.
And, as always, it’s about helping dogs, and yes, cats too.
Jane Lethlean is a freelance correspondent.