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posted: 7/17/2013 1:16 PM

Orphans of the Storm participates in dog adoption walk

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  • Orphans of the Storm volunteers in Highland Park for the Big Dog Show adoption walk.

    Orphans of the Storm volunteers in Highland Park for the Big Dog Show adoption walk.
    Courtesy of Jackie Borchew

Submitted by Jackie Borchew

On July 13-14, Orphans of the Storm took part in the Big Dog Show in Highland Park. An event that was sponsored by the Highland Park Alliance and the Puppy Mill Project.

A display of Dale Rogers' oversized steel dog sculptures were the backdrop to a wonderful dog adoption walk through the business district of the city. In total, 72 Orphan of the Storm volunteers, in 10 teams, manned 11 stores with an average of three dogs being shown at each. Thirty-five dogs in total were showcased. Donation jars bought in well over $1,000 for the animals.

The Big Dog Show drove potential adopters to the shelter and seven dogs were adopted on Saturday. The shelter was packed Sunday with six more adoptions.

Orphans of the Storm would also like to thank its host businesses, who welcomed them with open arms: Jeweled Elephant, Kung Fu Power, Therapeutic Kneads, My Best Friend's Closet, Style Shack, Jolie Maison, First Bank of Highland Park, Perfect Blend, Norton's and Spex.

Orphans of the Storm takes in the stray and abandoned dogs and cats from throughout Lake and northern Cook counties. Adopting out over 2,500 animals each year. The shelter houses over 130 dogs and over 350 cats at any time. Adoptions are made daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adopt a friend for life.

Orphans of the Storm will be back in Highland Park on July 21, sharing Port Clinton with the K-9 Reading Buddies. Kids are invited to crawl into a pup tent and read with one of the K-9 buddies from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit a photo album from the Big Dog Show adoption walk at