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Pets: Cat adoptathon, therapy dog safety video

Updated: October 20, 2012 6:10AM

HELP cat adopt-athon
Sept. 29 in St. Charles

HELP, an all-volunteer organization that rescues stray and abandoned cats and dogs, is holding a cat and kitten adoption event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29, at Animal House Veterinary Hospital, 2078 Route 38, St. Charles.

Each cat and kitten available for adoption has been spayed or neutered, microchipped, tested negative for FeLV and FIV, and is up-to-date on vaccinations. Renters should bring proof they are allowed to have pets.

Call Joyce Sexton, 630-406-8460. Learn more about HELP at

Therapy dogs make fire safety easy to remember in DVD

The Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club has produced a 3-minute DVD on fire safety tips for children in which therapy dogs act out life-saving pointers. It is the first in a series of safety DVDs that the nonprofit club hopes to produce. The club strives to grab the attention of young children by using their dogs to communicate serious topics in a safe and entertaining manner.

The club worked closely with the Bristol-Kendall Fire Department to make sure the fire safety tips were accurate and professional.

The official unveiling of this DVD will be from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the 2012 Fire & Safety Festival at Fire station 1, 103 E. Beaver St., Yorkville. This free two-hour event will include a smoke simulation trailer, rappelling demonstration, fire extinguishing demonstration, vehicle extrication, kid’s firefighter challenge, safety seat inspections, stranger danger program, raffles drawings, carnival games and prizes, therapy dogs, Rosati’s pizza, and a “pie in the face” booth featuring Yorkville’s mayor, police chief, five school principals, an alderman, a state’s attorney and the Kendall County sheriff.

Call Megan Gessler at 630-553-7068.

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