Sunshine Paws helps pets find homes
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org February 19, 2013 12:08PM
Aaen Perez, 7, left, Tracy Perez, and Peyton Perez, age 11, all of Valparaiso, pet Sisko, an Austrailian Shepherd Border Collie mix on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Woof Life, in Crown Point. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 22, 2013 2:47AM
CROWN POINT — Linda Armstrong from Woof Life pet supply store on Summit Street in the Millennium Park shopping center is working with a friend in their new rescue service trying to match families with pets in need of a home.
An adoption event was held earlier this month at the store. People were invited to bring in their pet and have their picture taken, with the fee going to the adoption service.
Armstrong and her friend Megan Wells started Sunshine Paws at the end of 2012. They can be found on both Facebook and on the www.petfinder.com website. Their own web site is www.sunshinepaws.org, where you can find animals that are currently up for adoption.
They make visits to prospective adopters’ homes with an animal they might want to adopt to see if the adoption would be a good fit together.
Sunshine Paws matches dogs from local animal shelters to reduce the population there. Armstrong said they get a lot of pregnant pets.
They place the animals in foster homes, preparing them for successful adoption into permanent homes. Wells is the photographer and Armstrong runs Woof Life.
While in foster care, the dogs get whatever services they need, including neutering or spaying, a check-up by a veterinarian, and micro-chipping.
The fees for adoption depend on the dog chosen. They run from $100 to $325. There is a senior-to-senior reduced rate. It allows senior citizens to adopt an older dog without great expense.
For every dog adopted from a shelter, two dogs are saved — the adoption creates room at the shelther for another dog.