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Pets

Local pet events: Jan. 1 through Jan. 8

Meet and greet Siberian huskies, tube down a 40-foot sled hill or plow through the snow on snowshoes during the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s inaugural “Snow Day Festival” on Jan. 20 at Plum Creek Nature Center. The free fest will be held with or without snow.
Meet and greet Siberian huskies, tube down a 40-foot sled hill or plow through the snow on snowshoes during the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s inaugural “Snow Day Festival” on Jan. 20 at Plum Creek Nature Center. The free fest will be held with or without snow.

Ongoing

•  Citizen Science Bat Monitoring Program – Sign-up deadline is April 1. First come, first served. For information, call Forest Preserve District of Will County’s volunteer supervisor Renee Gauchat at 815-722-7364. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

• Free dry dog food – For active and retired U.S. military personnel. Monthly program. Must be picked up by the owner in Joliet. Proof of military service is required if you are retired. For information and a short telephone interview, call COPE Animal Rescue at 815-342-0378.

• Injured wildlife – Contact a wildlife rehabilitator by visiting shawurl.com/32k8 or web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife.

• The Forest Preserve District of Will County dog parks – Permit required. For information, visit www.reconnectwithnature.org.

• Volunteers Needed for 58th Annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count – Event is Jan. 27 and Jan. 28. For information, call Terrence Ingram at 815-594-2306 before Jan. 27.

Upcoming

• Critters Classes : Turtles & Tortoises – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 9 to Jan. 30, Program Center, 10925 La Porte Road, Mokena. Learn the difference between turtles and tortoises. Meet Mortoise the tortoise, star of the Chicago Fire. Classes taught by Crosstown Exotics. No open toed shoes. Ages 7 to 12. For registration and information, call 708-390-2401 or visit www.mokenapark.com.

• Snow Day Festival – Noon to 4 p.m., Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township. Part of World Snow Day weekend. Meet and greet snow dogs, sled down a 40-foot hill or try snowshoeing free of charge, ice-carving, the Disney movie, “Snow Buddies,” snow nature art, snow bowling, snow sculpting with marshmallows, huskie hustle. Campfire and s’mores. Food and photos with huskies available to buy. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

• Cat adoption – 5 to 7 p.m.; also 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 14, Bolingbrook PetSmart on Weber Road. If the cat you’re looking for isn’t there or those times don’t work for you, call Humane Haven Animal Shelter at 630-378-4208 for information or an appointment. All Humane Haven cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, FeLV/FIV tested, and have their distemper and rabies shots.

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