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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...

DeKalb PetCo to host annual Hamster Race

DeKalb PetCo to host annual Hamster Race

By Northern Star Entertainment Staff | August 29, 2019

DeKALB- Hamsters will race for glory in the annual Hamster Derby from noon to 2 p.m., Sept. 7 at PetCo, 2072 Sycamore Road, DeKalb. The event will be open to the public so anyone, and any hamster, can attend. For those interested in competing, just bring...

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...

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Purebred Misconception: Consider Canine Adoption

By Sarah Fischer | November 26, 2018

It’s no secret, humans love dogs. They’re loyal, full of unconditional love and we treat them as part of our own family. Sometimes it’s difficult to determine the best way to purchase a dog, though. There are so many sellers to choose from, a plethora...

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...

Letter to the editor: TAILS story was biased and one-sided

October 25, 2011

I wanted to know what the point of the front-page story about TAILS was. If it was to give the idea that shelter animals are sickly so don't adopt them, or that TAILS is run poorly, then I guess bravo. This is sad, however, because in about five years...

Letter to the editor: TAILS story should not wary those looking to adopt pets

October 25, 2011

In response to the article about pets from shelters, I would like to emphasize that one solitary adoption in no way represents adopting from an animal shelter as a whole. I adopted a dog from TAILS in DeKalb last September and, sure, he has gotten sick...

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