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Local pet events: Jan. 8 through Jan. 15


•  Citizen Science Bat Monitoring Program – Sign-up deadline is April 1. First come, first served. For information, call Forest Preserve District of Will County’s volunteer supervisor Renee Gauchat at 815-722-7364. For information, visit

• Free dry dog food – For active and retired U.S. military personnel. Monthly program. Must be picked up by the owner in Joliet. Proof of military service is required if you are retired. For information and a short telephone interview, call COPE Animal Rescue at 815-342-0378.

• Injured wildlife – Contact a wildlife rehabilitator by visiting or

• The Forest Preserve District of Will County dog parks – Permit required. For information, visit

• Volunteers needed for 58th annual mid-winter Bald Eagle Count – Jan. 27 and 28. For information, call Terrence Ingram at 815-594-2306 before Jan. 27.


• Cabin fever, decor pallet painting – Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 20, NAWS Humane Society of Illinois, 9981 W. 190th St., Suite A, Mokena. Choose from more than 40 designs including doggie and rescue quotes. Snacks provided, bring own beverages. $45. Portion of proceeds benefits NAWS. For tickets and information, visit

• Snow Day Festival – Noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 20, Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete Township. Part of World Snow Day weekend. Meet and greet snow dogs, sled down a 40-foot hill, try snowshoeing free of charge, ice-carving, the Disney movie, “Snow Buddies,” snow nature art, snow bowling, snow sculpting with marshmallows and huskie hustle. Campfire and s’mores. Food and photos with huskies available for purchase. For information, visit

Jan. 9

• Critters Classes : Turtles & Tortoises – Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 to Jan. 30, Program Center, 10925 La Porte Road, Mokena. Learn the difference between turtles and tortoises. Meet Mortoise the tortoise, star of the Chicago Fire. Classes taught by Crosstown Exotics. No open toed shoes. Ages 7 to 12. For registration and information, call 708-390-2401 or visit

Jan. 10

• Cat adoption – 5 to 7 p.m.; also 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 14, Bolingbrook PetSmart on Weber Road. If the cat you’re looking for isn’t there or those times don’t work for you, call Humane Haven Animal Shelter at 630-378-4208 for information or an appointment. All Humane Haven cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, FeLV/FIV tested and have their distemper and rabies shots.

Jan. 11

• Who’s Who of Owls – 7 p.m., Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet. Speaker: Mark Spreyer, executive director of the Stillman Nature Center in Barrington and organizer and director Chicago’s peregrine falcon release program. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Will County Audubon Society. Free and open to the public. For information, visit

Jan. 13

• Volunteer orientation – 10 to 11 a.m., Joliet Township Animal Control, 2807 McDonough St., Joliet. All new volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation, where we will go through the necessary paperwork, have a tour of the facility, go through policies and safety procedures and have a Q&A session. For information, call 815-725-0333 or email

Jan. 15

• Affordable pet vaccines – 5 to 8 p.m.,
2 Paws 4 U Pet Bakery, 1736 Essington Road, Suite C, Joliet. No appointment necessary. For information, call 630-961-8000 or visit

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