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The Evanston Animal Shelter Association raised some $60,000 at its third annual Tails in Bloom Gala earlier this month to help fund the shelter’s operations at 2310 Oakton St.

An estimated 170 attendees enjoyed a fresh sushi bar by RA Sushi, a dinner by Farmhouse Evanston, a 50/50 raffle, silent and live auctions, a paddle raise, music, an open bar featuring The Bottle Shop wine and Lagunitas Brewing Co., and a cash cocktail bar featuring Tito’s Vodka (“vodka for dog people”).

During the event, held at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, 303 Dodge Ave., it was announced that the shelter has one of the highest live release rates in Chicago, which is at 97 percent. 

In addition, the shelter also announced that on Saturday, May 19, Companion Animal Hospital will be offering free rabies vaccinations and microchips at the shelter from 10 a.m. until noon.

The Evanston Animal Shelter Association is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that funds and coordinates the animal care and adoption programs at the Evanston Animal Shelter.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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