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State Officials Want You to Adopt a Pet

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Top state officials are urging illinoisans to consider adopting a pet from their local animal shelter.   Governor Pat Quinn says he wants to make 2014 the year of animal rescue. He says the first dog of Illinois…a Yorkshire Terrier mix named Rosie…came from a shelter in Chicago…and that there are plenty more in need of good homes.

"We don't want out dogs and cats to be killed. We believe in no kill. We understand how important it is to take care of our dogs and cats" Quinn said.

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is a big proponent of rescuing unwanted cats and dogs…and even has a feature on her office's website dedicated to the cause: 

"It's illinoiscomptroller.com. Start from there and hit the 'Comptrollers Critters' icon, and you'll be connected with almost all of the shelters in the state of Illinois. We've already adopted out 2,200 dogs and cats in the state, which is really kinda good" Topinka said.

Approximately 100 shelters have partnered with the program. An online database and pet adoption nights have led to more than 2,200 adoptions since the program began. 

Online:    http://www.ioc.state.il.us/index.cfm/about-our-office/comptrollers-critters1/

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