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Lilly Rich 11 Steger looks over 'Chubs' 'Cherry' during Animal Baby Shower Calumet AreHumane Society Munster Thursday afternoon. | Jeffrey

Lilly Rich, 11 of Steger looks over "Chubs" and "Cherry" during the Animal Baby Shower at the Calumet Area Humane Society in Munster Thursday afternoon. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

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A recent baby shower didn’t honor the expectant mother or include proud family members, but the good wishes and sentiments from those attending were just as sincere.

More than 40 people attended the seventh annual Animal Baby Shower for the puppies and kittens under the care of the Humane Society of the Calumet Area.

“We are having lots of fun,” said Hammond youngster Jerimiah Green, 6, as he watched two-week old kittens sleeping in a tiny cage near the gift table. “My mom said baby showers are for adults only, but this one isn’t for a real baby — it’s for kittens and puppy babies, so we got to come too.”

The Green family brought in a colorful gift bag to add to the tables laden with items such as infant formula, pet beds, toys, nursing bottles, cleaning solutions and other things used on a daily basis at the shelter.

“The Humane Society had a wish list we looked at, so we bought a soft blanket and also some baby formula,” said Janet Green. “This facility does such a tremendous job with these animals — they deserve our support. And this shower is one way we can do that.”

Girl Scout Troop 60602 from Steger, Ill., brought more than $50 in gifts. The group had been looking for a way to donate some of the money earned during their recent cookie sale.

“When we heard about this baby shower, we knew this was where we wanted to spend our money,” said scout parent Monika Valente as she watched her troop members play with Cookie, a puppy held by Humane Society volunteer Elaine Howery. “There’s so many dogs and cats here, I can only imagine how much it costs to take care of them.”

Humane Society Special Events Coordinator Amanda Morrone was happy with the turnout and said it looked like the wish list had been fulfilled.

“Word has gotten out and we have twice as many people here today as last year,” she said, as she stood near the gift table. “We are very appreciative that people care enough to attend this event, and to bring these gifts for our animals.”

Some of the presents, such as expensive milk replacement powder and toys, are given to the individuals and families who foster animals from the shelter. The cleaning supplies are kept for the shelter.

For more information about the Humane Society Calumet Area, call 922-3811 or visit www.hscalumet.org.



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