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A dog lays in the grass

Animal shelters are the best place to adopt a pet

By Summer Fitzgerald | June 11, 2020

When my family and I adopted our first dog from a shelter four years ago, it came as a surprise. We were not sure if we could handle having a “shelter dog," as we heard people say it was always a hit or miss on how well they adapt and grow. However,...

Sick Hawaiian monk seal has infection spread by feral cats

February 5, 2020

HONOLULU (AP) — A sick Hawaiian monk seal under the care of wildlife scientists is suffering from a parasitic infection often spread via feral cat feces, officials said.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials determined that the seal...

That time I adopted a cat from Tails Humane Society

That time I adopted a cat from Tails Humane Society

By Sarah Connolly | January 29, 2020

There are many unknowns when bringing a strange animal into your home, but adopting a kitten from Tails Humane Society has been a rewarding experience for me.  I did not grow up with pets, but I always wanted a cat. After having been on my own for almost...

Tails of the Week: Munch and Maize

Tails of the Week: Munch and Maize

By Courtesy Tails | May 3, 2019

Hello! We're Maize and Munch, 10 yr. old declawed cats, who are searching for a wonderful someone who will adopt the both of us. We adore one another and Tails will not part us. We are very sweet cats who love people and really enjoy being brushed and...

Courtesy DeKalb Public Library

Library features yoga with felines

By Ginger Simons | July 9, 2018

Courtesy DeKalb Public Library

Local non-profit seeks to decrease Dekalb’s stray cat population

By Ali Combs | January 23, 2013

In an effort to help quell cat overpopulation and abuse DeKalb resident Jane Kosek set out in 2004 to help solve this problem. Kosek started Fixin’ Feral Felines as a means to control the stray cat population around her home. The organization originally...

Alison Pacey, 14 Genoa, plays with a few cats at Tails Humane
Society, 2250 Barber Greene Road, as a part of her volunteer

Shelter animals may require more time and care after adoption

By Shelby Devitt | October 23, 2011

In August 2010, sophomore pre-communication major Shucreeia Robinson took the advice of a friend and decided to adopt a rabbit locally at TAILS Humane Society. Robinson is not alone in choosing adoption from local shelters. Illinois Department of Agriculture...

DeKalb County Sheriff Toby Jennings and his police dog, Kane, visit Tailsapalooza Saturday.

TAILS host day of fun with animals

By Junae Bennett | May 8, 2011

DeKALB | TAILS Humane Society, 2250 Barber Greene Road, had its sixth annual TAILSapalooza Saturday. At TAILSapalooza, there were many dog demonstrations and other displays. The first demonstration was an agility test; another demonstration was the difference...

One of TAILS black cats that has gone un-adopted during the month.

Black cats get spotlight from TAILS

By Zachary Brictson | October 18, 2010

Black cats at the TAILS humane society for sheltered and adoptable animals are getting the spotlight this October. Located at 2250 Barber Green Road, TAILS began the "Change Their Luck" campaign at the beginning of the month, lowering adoption fees for...