By Laura Taylor

June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month! So today, we’re featuring three amazing animal rescue organizations, all of which have cats available for adoption. Can’t adopt, but still want to help? No worries– they all have super fun events coming up that you can be a part of!

FIRST GUEST: Pam Kitts, Chair of Heartland Animal Shelter’s 10th Annual Walk of Love

Heartland is celebrating a decade of walking for homeless animals during their 10th annual Walk of Love! Join them for a leisurely, dog-friendly 2k walk on Saturday, July 16th at the Blue Star Memorial Forest Preserve in Glenview (701 E. Lake Avenue). Registration begins at 8:45 a.m., and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

Walkers will enjoy breakfast, shopping among their vendors, t-shirt, and of course… pooches! Doggies will get to splash around in the puppy pools. And professional photographers will be there to capture all the fluffy cuteness.

Register in advance at for just $25.00! Or register the day of for only $30.00. Children 3 to 12 years old are $15.00 in advance, and $20.00 day of. Kids under 3 are free. Want to bring the whole family? Save when you register in advance together (up to 4 members) for $75.00, or $80.00 the day of.

Folks who raise $125.00 or more in donations will receive FREE admission to the Walk of Love! So gather donations from friends, family members, or co-workers. It’s amazing how quickly small contributions can add up! Or, join Team Furry Love online, and have your friends make donations online. Simple and easy!

The money raised benefits the dogs and cats at Heartland. There are medical needs, spay and neuter costs, vaccinations, food, and other supplies that are needed, which YOU are providing just by walking!

And remember, it’s Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month! All June, Heartland is offering $25.00 off the adoption fees for any cat over a year old. Cats 1 – 9 years old are just $75.00, and if you adopt a senior cat over the age of 10, the adoption fee is only $50.00! Don’t knock adopting a senior pet– I adopted my 13 year old cat Cinnabon from Heartland in March, and she’s the greatest little roommate I could have asked for with years of life and love left in her.

Heartland Animal Shelter is located at 2175 Milwaukee Avenue in Northbrook. Take a look at their available cats, including Mabell (below) at

Mabell, 6 year old female, Heartland Animal Shelter, Northbrook

Mabell, 6 year old female, Heartland Animal Shelter, Northbrook

Learn more about Heartland Animal Shelter by watching this video.

SECOND GUEST: Meg LoBianco, Senior Athletic Events Manager for PAWS Chicago

Pets Are Worth Saving– that’s what PAWS Chicago is all about! Since it’s Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, take a look at the cats (and dogs) available through PAWS Chicago at Gymshoe is one of many cats available at their Lincoln Park Adoption Center.

Gymshoe, 1 year old male, PAWS Chicago, Lincoln Park

Gymshoe, 1 year old male, PAWS Chicago, Lincoln Park

Aside from the ultimate way to save a homeless animal, adopting, there are many other ways you can support the life-saving mission of this animal-loving organization. Meg tells us about three ways to support PAWS Chicago: join Team PAWS, participate in the PAWS Chicago 5K, or volunteer to take their pooches out on Fun Runs!


If you’re an athlete or someone who likes to partake in hikes, 5K’s, marathons, or other types of races, join Team PAWS! It’s Chicago’s racing fundraising team! Every mile you walk, run, or jog saves homeless animals.

Last year, Team PAWS members were able to raise enough money to rescue 2,785 animals. Let’s grow the team and try to save 3,000 this year!

Any race you’re a part of counts. So make those miles meaningful! Join other animal lovers on Team PAWS at Use the promo code US99 and PAWS Chicago will waive your membership fee!


Whether you’re on Team PAWS or not, you can walk or run in the PAWS Chicago 5K (formerly the Walk or Run for Their Lives), at Montrose Harbor on Sunday, July 24th.

The walk starts at 9:00 A.M. and is dog-friendly. The run starts at noon, but doggies are not permitted during this race.

Afterwards, enjoy food, drinks, live entertainment, games, pet-friendly vendors, prizes, and more! Doggies will get a chance to splash around to stay cool in the pools, and have a chance to enter the Cutest Dog Awards competition!

Remember to raise as much money as you can– big fundraisers will get a chance at some awesome prizes, like a 7-night tropical Caribbean vacation!

Learn more at get registered at


A third way to support the life-saving mission of PAWS Chicago is to become a volunteer. Volunteers have many tasks at PAWS, including taking the dogs out on fun runs!

These little trips outside give the dogs some fresh air and exercise. It also gives them the opportunity to work on their behavior around other dogs and people. Not to mention, it’s a great bonding experience between the pooch and volunteer.

Interested volunteers can click on the volunteer section at or call 773-475-4716 for more information.

THIRD GUEST: Dawn Kemper, Executive Director of Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions

Young at Heart’s mission to save senior pets 7 years of age or older and find them homes is wonderful! Many of these dogs and cats have ended up in shelters through no fault of their own– maybe some of their owners have passed away, or maybe they had to move and can’t have pets in their new home.  Whatever the reason, older pets often sit at shelters for longer periods of time because they don’t have those cute puppy tails wagging or those innocent kitten eyes looking up at you.

In any case, these are great animals who have a lot of love to give! Ramblin’ Ray and his daughter Cheyenne Rose know all about that– they adopted a senior Chihuahua named Benny last year.

Ramblin' Ray and daughter Cheyenne with Young at Heart Benny last year!

Ramblin’ Ray and daughter Cheyenne with Young at Heart Benny last year!

Senior pets have a lot to offer potential adopters. Many dogs are already housebroken, and cats litter-trained. They are often less hyper and not as needy. Some dogs might have already been taught to do tricks, too! But one thing’s for sure: these animals might be a bit older, but they’re all young at heart! Take a look at some of the animals up for adoption through Check out Cinnamon and Bandit, a package deal:

Bandit (darker kitty), 8 year old male, and sister Cinnamon (lighter kitty), 8 year old female, Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions, Palatine

Bandit (darker kitty), 8 year old male, and sister Cinnamon (lighter kitty), 8 year old female, Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions, Palatine

Can’t commit to adopting but want to help Young at Heart’s cause? Mark your calendar for their Silver Paws Night Under the Stars Gala on October 15th! It’s happening at the Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates where guests will enjoy appetizers, drinks, dinner, live music, auctions, and much more.

Register now through July 1st to take advantage of early bird ticket prices!  Click here to get registered.

Adopting a senior pet is one of the most rewarding things an animal lover can do. My new cat Cinnabon (adopted from Heartland Animal Shelter, featured above) is 13 years young and has turned my house into a home.

Cinnabon, chillin' on the windowsill.

Cinnabon, chillin’ on the windowsill.

Every time I open the door I’m greeted with an enthusiastic tailwag, and every time I prepare her meals she lets me know she’s excited with a cute little meow. And she’s as playful as a kitten! So if you’re in the market for a furry friend, consider an older animal who would otherwise be sitting in a shelter for far too long.

Weekend Journal airs Sunday mornings at 6:30 on US99.5 and 6:00 on US99.5 HD2 The Wolf.

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