Several times a year, this Elgin-area animal welfare organization teams up with Brilliance Subaru to help animals find their forever home. It’s life-changing for more than the animals.
Each year Anderson Humane has connected more than 4,000 pets to loving families. The organization, founded in 1966, has become the leading animal welfare organization throughout the Elgin area through its commitment to saving the lives of domestic and wild animals throughout the community.
The success of Anderson Humane goes beyond the shelter, medical care, rehabilitation and education it provides. The organization’s dedicated staff and volunteers understand that the true value they provide is through the connection and healing that happens when pets in their care are connected to loving families. Providing a safe and comfortable home, adequate nutrition and proper medical care is essential, but it’s the commitment to a lifetime of love and attention that creates the bond that will truly give these animals a second chance at life.
Another reason for Anderson Humane’s success is the partnerships they forge throughout the community. For the past three years, Brilliance Subaru of Elgin has been one of these important partners, teaming up with Anderson Humane for their annual Road Home Mega Adoption Event. Each year, hundreds of families gather at the Brilliance Subaru showroom for a chance to meet the puppies, kittens, cats and dogs that are searching for a forever home. The local event is part of Subaru Loves Pets, a national initiative that strives to get pets out of shelters and into the arms of loving pet owners.
The next Road Home Mega Adoption Event will be held at Brilliance Subaru of Elgin, 1500 N. Randall Road, on June 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the last event, 156 pets joined loving families who were looking for a new member to love, surpassing the goal of the organizers. This number is equal to the number of pets Anderson Humane usually manages to adopt out in one week. This year, leaders at Anderson Humane and Brilliance Subaru of Elgin hope even more animals will be given a second chance at life in a loving home.
In addition to shelter services and educational programs, Anderson Humane also provides low-cost spay and neuter services for pet owners who wish to help keep stray pet populations low. The organization’s Constant Companions program provides volunteers to help seniors, veterans and others with in-home pet care assistance such as walking their dog, cleaning the litterbox and helping with the pet’s medical care. Training classes are offered for owners who are new to pet care or who are struggling with their pet’s behaviors.
Anderson Humane merged with the Fox Valley Wildlife Center to create the Wildlife Allies program, which works with businesses and homeowners to humanely remove an animal from the premises through exclusion. Most wildlife trappers will trap and euthanize animals or relocate them to a property not fully equipped to benefit the animal’s survival. Relocating animals also leaves an open niche for another animal of the same species to move in. This doesn’t solve the problem. By excluding the animal from unwanted areas, it will learn to live as a neighbor instead of a nuisance.
Anderson Humane has been part of the local landscape for more than half a century, providing refuge and second chances for thousands of animals and opportunities for light and love for individuals and families throughout the area. Through events like the Road Home Mega Adoption Event at Brilliance Subaru of Elgin, many more animals will find their forever home.
For more information, contact Anderson Humane at (847) 697-2880 or visit ahconnects.org.