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Local pet events: April 8 through April 15

Search for salamanders, frogs, toads and more during the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “Salamander Safari” on Aug. 13 at Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township.
Search for salamanders, frogs, toads and more during the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “Salamander Safari” on Aug. 13 at Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township.


• The Troy Middle School S.L.A.M. Club is accepting donations of  dog and cat products, such as canned and dry dog, puppy, cat and kitten food (with no red dye); dog and cat treats and toys; cat litter; pet shampoo; blankets and towels; paper towels; and food and supplies for rabbits,hamsters and guinea pigs. Bring supplies to 5800 W. Theodore St., Plainfield, during normal school hours through May 6. The supplies will be donated to the Will County Humane Society when the club visits the facility in the spring.

April 8

• Volunteer orientation – 5:30 to 7 p.m., Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue, 2303 Oak Leaf St., Joliet. Come dressed to volunteer for a short training. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. RSVP at 779-206-2132. For information, visit

April 9

• Unicorn Jamboree – 6 to 7:30 p.m., White Oak Library District, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill. Create a unicorn craft. All ages. Contact Faith Healy at 815-741-4285 or or visit

April 10

• Cat adoption – 5 to 7 p.m.; also 1 to 3 p.m., Bolingbrook PetSmart on Weber Road. 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.

• Portillo’s Fundraiser Night – 5 to 8 p.m., 1155 Brookforest Ave., Shorewood. Mention Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue and 20 percent benefits the rescue's medical expenses.

• “Paws on the Path: Wolf Scouts Badge” registration deadline – Event is April 13. Three 90-minute programs will begin at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Discover how to prepare for a hike and how to respond to unpredictable moments in the woods. Ages 7 to 8. $10 per person. Group rates: $25 non-profits, $50 for-profits. Register at or call 815-886-1467.

April 11

Optics Fair 2019 – 6 p.m., Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet,. Presenter: Steven K. Ledin, birder and director of product Intelligence at Visit

“Salamander Safari” registration deadline – Event is 1-3 p.m., April 13, at Plum Creek Nature Center. Join a naturalist for a guided off-trail experience in search of blue-spotted salamanders, frogs, toads. Free. All ages. Register at or call 708-946-2216.

• “Sands Bird Hike" registration deadline – Event is 8 to10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Kankakee Sands Preserve. 1-2 mile hike with a naturalist. Short presentation about birds. Free. 18 and up. Register at or call 815-722-9470.

April 13

• Dog Gone Easter Egg hunt – 9:45 a.m., Central Park, 24856 W. Eames St., Channahon. Owner-led hunt. Dogs must be on leashes. Eggs filled with dog treats. For more information, visit

• Wildlife Photography Seminar – 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 2 p.m., Manhattan Historical Museum, 255 S. State St., Manhattan. Free. RSVP required on or contact Andy Partak at or 815-478-5604.

• Paws Up 4 Rescue Pet Adoption Event – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, 13501 S. Route 59, Plainfield. For information, call 708-990-1441 or visit

• Bear Party – Noon to 4 p.m, White Oak Library District, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville. Story, snacks, games, crafts. Children of all ages with stuffed animal. One Build-A-Bear will be raffled off each hour. Contact Jessica Smith at 815-552-4210 or or visit

April 14

• Spring Pony Rides on April 14 – 10-minute rides during the April 14 event at the Plainfield Park District’s 6-acre equestrian center, 12151 S. Normantown Road, Plainfield. Age 3 and up with adult. $10. Advance registration only at

• Affordable pet vaccines – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pet Butler, 11953 Spaulding School Drive in Plainfield. No appointment necessary. For information, visit

April 15

• Affordable pet vaccines – 5 to 8 p.m., 2 Paws 4 U Pet Bakery, 1736 Essington Road, Suite C, Joliet. No appointment necessary. For information, visit

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