Fundraiser to help animal rescue

NILES – Lcal dogs put their best paws forward with the help of their owners to create special art pieces that will benefit a local agency that finds homes for dogs. The completed works were called canine “Pawcassos.”

Amy Quinlan, co-founder of Close to Home Animal Rescue, said the fundraiser held recently at Waddell Park in Niles allowed families to make a donation to the organization by having their dogs paint by placing their paws on a white canvas with easily removable vegetable-based paint.

Quinlan said 40 dogs of all sizes created artwork at the event and then were taken to an outside washing stations to remove the paint.

“The money raised today will help the shelter,” she said.

Emily Swift and her friends Gabby Stevens and Rachel, Jason and Ryan Libert made a special donation of $700 to the rescue by selling cupcakes.

The children also brought their dogs to the event to create artwork.

“At first our dog was a little nervous and then calmed down,” Jason Libert said.

Helping at the event were members of the Paws for a Cause group from John F. Kennedy High School.

James Miltolo, club president and a JFK senior, said he wanted to help publicize the adoptable dogs. The group brought their mascot – Zeus – to the event.

Maura Dixon, a JFK junior, said many students at JFK have adopted dogs that they like to bring to events such as this.

Mitolo said the group will be at an event to help the Animal Welfare League on Oct. 7 at Packard Park shelter house.

Various vendors attended the event, showcasing their pet products and services.