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The South Suburban Humane Society's Street Fair for Fur Kids is slated for June 14.  |  Supplied photo

The South Suburban Humane Society's Street Fair for the Fur Kids is slated for June 14. | Supplied photo

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What: Second annual South Suburban Humane Society Street Fair for the Fur Kids

When: 2 to 7 p.m. June 14

Where: 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park

Information: www.southsuburbanhumanesociety.org or contact Jana Pace at (708) 259-2092

Etc.: Donations accepted through June 12 at the South Suburban Humane Society, 1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, or email SSHSfundraiser@gmail.com for pickup service.

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Updated: July 11, 2014 6:04AM



The South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights has been rescuing animals for 40 years while headquartered in a building “never built to be a shelter,” volunteer Jana Pace said.

Despite the old and inadequate facilities, Pace said, the nonprofit’s “commitment to rehabbing dogs” for adoption and to care for all rescued animals is a battle the volunteers continue to fight.

To help fund that fight, the second annual Street Fair for the Fur Kids will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park.

Pace, the fair coordinator, said proceeds will be used to correct drainage problems, build indoor/outdoor dog runs and buy a generator.

The price of admission — $30 for adults and $15 for kids — will cover dinner, wine, beer, pop, live music by the Party Hardigans, a strolling magician and a silent auction and raffles.

Additional tickets will be sold for the photo booth, face painter, balloon twister and fortune teller.

Those who would like to participate in a Fasano blueberry pie-eating contest should contact the shelter ahead of the event.

Pace said silent auction items include trip packages to Antigua, St. Lucia and Panama; chocolate fountains, White Sox tickets, Chicago’s Improv tickets and an authenticated signed photograph of Blackhawks players Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Corey Crawford, among other items.

Kids baskets, dog and cat baskets, movie baskets and a Father’s Day basket are among more than 100 raffle items.

The shelter is accepting donations of items for the silent auction and raffles through Thursday, Pace said.

The fair is also a pet adoption event, Pace said. Anyone interested in adopting a pet can learn about the animals up for adoption by visiting the www.southsuburbanhumanesociety.org, Pace said.

Since everything the shelter has is made possible through donations, Pace said, the fundraiser is an important event. Last year’s fundraiser yielded $14,000, which was used to create a cat house and cat nursery and a meet-and-greet area for people and potential pets to interact.

Pace is hoping this year’s fair will help the shelter with several incomplete projects.

“Every little bit helps,” she said. “It would be wonderful if we could raise more to finish (projects).”

Pace said there will soon be many more animals to rescue.

“With the Gary shelter closing, they’re just overwhelmed,” Pace said.

She said at one recent adoption event, 27 dogs were adopted by families, but the shelter received 20 new rescues the same day.

“They’re trying as hard as they can to save as many (as possible), but they only have so much space,” Pace said. “They take good care of their dogs. They just have such an overwhelming amount of intake compared to their outtake.”



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