Northern Star




Northern Star

Northern Illinois University’s student media since 1899


Ensure student journalism survives. Donate today.

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

A white toy poodle prancing in a field while the sun sets.

That Time I… got my first pet

By Nanette Nkolomoni, Copy Editor | March 28, 2023

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was six years old when I got my first pet. My brother and I spent years begging and bugging our mother for a dog. She would refuse: “Who will take care of it?,” “Neither of you are responsible,” “It’ll...

Addison, a two-year-old dog with brown fur and a white speckled tummy, sitting among a bunch of stuffed animals. (Photo courtesy of Tails Humane Society)

Tails Pet of the Week: Addison

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | March 21, 2023

Spring has sprung and Addison has just the nose to sniff it out as Tails’ Pet of the Week. She is almost 2-years-old with brown fur and a white belly and is never too shy to give some kisses or show off her training. Addison knows how to “sit”...

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...

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...

Image Courtesy Pexels

Purebred Misconception: Consider Canine Adoption

By Sarah Fischer | November 26, 2018

Image Courtesy Pexels

SPAY offers cheap pet vaccines

By Northern Star Staff | September 30, 2013

DeKalb | SPAY Illinois is hosting a low-cost pet vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the DeKalb County Animal Shelter, 16173 Base Line Road in Genoa.Call 877-475-7729 to set up an appointment. Cash, Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted,...

TAILS offers safe haven for abandoned animals

By Ericka Exton | March 4, 2013

Who says family members can’t have four legs? TAILS Humane Society, 2250 Barber Greene Road, is dedicated to finding a home for all animals. TAILS is a no kill shelter that specializes in rescuing, fostering and caring for abandoned, lost or injured...

DeKalb Animal Shelter to offer low-cost vaccinations for pets

By Northern Star Staff | March 3, 2013

SPAY ILLINOIS will host a low-cost pet vaccination clinic on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 23 at the DeKalb Animal Shelter, 16173 Base Line Road in Genoa. The clinic will offer vaccines for lyme disease, bordetella, rabies and leptospirosis, according...

DeKalb Park District to hold dog owner workshop

By Brooke Shinberg | February 27, 2013

The DeKalb Park District will host “Going to the Dogs,” a workshop to educate citizens on the programming options available to dog owners in DeKalb. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 13 at the Haish Gym Facility, 303 S. Ninth...

Local animal shelter looking to adopt needy Huskies

By The Northern Star Staff | January 15, 2013

Raven’s Husky Haven and Rescue is now accepting Huskies for rescue, adoption and training, according to a Jan. 4 news release. The new facility, 27779 Five Points Road in Sycamore, aims to suit the special needs of stray, abandoned or needy huskies...