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Go inside South Elgin's animal haven, where cats, dogs are top priority

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  • Three-month-old Fergie the Dog awakes from her nap atop a pile of bedding headed for the wash.

       Three-month-old Fergie the Dog awakes from her nap atop a pile of bedding headed for the wash.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Dr. Amy Smith finishes up a spaying surgery at Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin. Smith is a full-time vet at a practice and comes in once a month to volunteer.

       Dr. Amy Smith finishes up a spaying surgery at Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin. Smith is a full-time vet at a practice and comes in once a month to volunteer.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Hana, a puppy available for adoption, gnaws on a rawhide at Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin.

       Hana, a puppy available for adoption, gnaws on a rawhide at Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Staff employee Josh Henderson of South Elgin returns a cat back to its cage in the area affectionately referred to as the "Little Country" cat room.

       Staff employee Josh Henderson of South Elgin returns a cat back to its cage in the area affectionately referred to as the "Little Country" cat room.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Adoption manager Lesya Kercheval snuggles with Casey at her desk. Casey was found and brought to the shelter by the South Elgin Police with a severely damaged leg. The leg couldn't be saved, but after three weeks, she is doing very well and is ready for adoption.

       Adoption manager Lesya Kercheval snuggles with Casey at her desk. Casey was found and brought to the shelter by the South Elgin Police with a severely damaged leg. The leg couldn't be saved, but after three weeks, she is doing very well and is ready for adoption.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin started in 1966 as the Humane Society of North Central Illinois.

In the years since then, it has grown in size and evolved into the Anderson Animal Shelter of today -- a low-kill shelter "dedicated to eliminating the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals."

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Animals are not given a time limit for their stay. Timber the Cat currently is their longest-staying resident, having arrived when he was between 5 and 6 weeks old in June 2008. He is still looking for his forever home.

Run by a mix of staff and volunteers, Anderson Animal Shelter serves about 2,550 animals a year.

"We're here to care for them until we find homes for them," said executive director Jack Graff.

Among the shelter's features is on-site veterinary care, including a low-cost spay/neuter clinic to the public by appointment.

There is a low-cost monthly vaccination clinic available, as well as a dog obedience program. The 9 Lives Club and Young at Heart programs are geared toward getting senior pets adopted.

Currently, there are 175 cats and 40 dogs available for adoption at Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin. There are another 48 in foster homes and at the South Elgin Petco store. There are 45 pets available classified as special needs animals.

For information, visit andersonanimalshelter.org or call (847) 697-2880.

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