Here’s another one for the locals – Evanston’s C.A.R.E. (Community Animal Rescue Effort) is celebrating its 25th year of finding homes for dogs and pets. What makes C.A.R.E. stand out is the public-private nature of the agency. It’s an all-volunteer organization that works in conjunction with the city’s municipal Animal Shelter so that adoptable animals aren’t euthanized.
We always look forward to C.A.R.E.’s community dog wash fundraisers at the beginning and end of summer (the next one is Saturday, September 8). For $10, your dog gets a bath in a kiddie pool and towel dried. Another $10 will get your dog a mani-pedi (or, more accurately, a pedi-pedi). They’ve got a nice system in place, and the whole neighborhood comes out. Naturally, the people are happier with the concept than the dogs. But their resentment is a small price to pay for a clean dog and a clean bathtub.
And now through September 30, if you shop at the Whole Foods in Downtown Evanston, you can donate your bag credit to C.A.R.E. When your dimes are combined with everyone else’s, they can add up to a significant amount.