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Pets

Local pets events: July 22 through July 29

Hunt for caterpillars and observe their behavior during a free “Caterpillar Hike” on July 24 at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon
Hunt for caterpillars and observe their behavior during a free “Caterpillar Hike” on July 24 at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon

July 22

• Wooftastic Reading with Dusty – 10 to 11 a.m.; also July 29, Morris Area Public Library, 604 Liberty St., Morris. Call 815-942-6880 or visit morrislibrary.com.

• 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 www.hopefultailsanimalrescue.org.

July 23

• The Life of a Butterfly – 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington. Discover the life cycle of butterflies on the prairie. Families. Call 815-423-6370.

• Affordable Pet Vaccines: 5 to 8 p.m., Karen’s Grooming and Boarding, 309 Republic Ave., Joliet. For information, call 630-961-8000 or visit www.spayillinois.org.

• “Caterpillar Hike" registration deadline – Event is 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon. Take a close-up look at caterpillars and their behavior. Ages 5 or older; free. Register at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-722-9470.

July 24

• Cat adoption – 5 to 7 p.m.; also 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, 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.

• Batty Evening – 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington. Learn about the flying mammal that eats mosquitoes. Decorate a bat house to take home (one per family). Take a short hike looking for bats. Families. Call 815-423-6370.

• “Prairie Ramble at Kankakee Sands" registration deadline – Event is 8-9:30 a.m., July 27, Kankakee Sands Preserve, Custer Township. Stroll through the savanna. and discover the plants, birds and bugs that make “the sands” their home. Register at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-722-9470.

July 25

• Dragonflies aka Mosquito Hawks – 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington. Ages 6 to 12. Call 815-423-6370.

July 26

• Awesome Owls – 2 to 3 p.m., Shorewood-Troy Library, 650 Deerwood Drive, Shorewood. Live owls. All ages. Call 815-725-1715 or visit shorewoodtroylibrary.org.

• Open Viewing – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue, 2303 Oak Leaf St., Joliet. For information, visit www.hopefultailsanimalrescue.org.

July 27

• “Lake Renwick Bird Viewing" – 8 a.m. to noon, Forest Preserve District of Will County’s, Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, Plainfield. Bring own binoculars. Free. All ages.

• Forest View Farms Petting Zoo – 10:30 to 12:30 p.m., New Lenox Public Library, 120 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Include pigs, chickens, sheep, geese, ducks, llamas, goats. Rain or shine. No registration is required. Call 815-485-2605 or visit newlenoxlibrary.org.

• Adoption Event – 11 to 3 p.m., PetSmart, 21430 Wolf Road, Mokena. Featured rescues: NAWS, Grahamville, All Dogs are Deserving and All Herding to 3 p.m., PetSmart, 21430 Wolf Road, Mokena.

July 29

• Critter Class registration deadline – Event is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Aug 6 to Aug. 27, Program Center, 10925 La Porte Road, Mokena. Taught by Crosstown Exotics. Ages 6 to 12. Register at 708-390-2401 or mokenapark.com.

• “Follow a Bee!” registration deadline – Event is 9:30 to 11 a.m., Aug. 1, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon. Discover pollinators that help the prairie by participating in activities and tracking busy bees. Free. Families with children ages 6 and up. Register at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-722-9470.

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