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Food for Paws Holiday Pet Food Drive nets 800 pounds

Jennifer Dumas (center) recreatisupervisor for Waukegan Park District Marilyn Kern park district registraticlerk announce thWaukegan Park District's Food for Paws

Jennifer Dumas (center), recreation supervisor for the Waukegan Park District and Marilyn Kern, a park district registration clerk, announce that the Waukegan Park District's Food for Paws Holiday Food Drive collected about 800 lbs. of dog food for WAGS, co-founded by Wayne Motley (right), to distribute to pet owners in need through the Waukegan Police Animal Control. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 22, 2012 8:07AM

WAUKEGAN — The season of giving extended to the city’s four-legged friends on Tuesday when Animal Control officials received 800 pounds of donated food and pet supplies from the Waukegan Park District.

The donations — gathered by the Food for Paws Holiday Pet Food Drive — were unloaded at the agency’s McAree Road facility alongside two pallets stacked high with dog food, which were donated by the pet-advocacy group Waukegan Animals Getting Saved (WAGS).

The park district donations were collected between Nov. 28 and Dec. 16 at the Belvidere Recreation Center, the Jack Benny Center in Bowen Park, and the Hinkston Park Fieldhouse.

Recreation supervisor Jennifer Dumas, presenting the boxes to a gathering of city employees and dignitaries that included Mayor Robert Sabonjian and Police Chief Daniel Greathouse, said Bertrand Bowling Lanes also helped make the effort a success.

“This was the first time we’ve done this, and we hope to do it every year,” said Dumas, crediting WAGS for inspiring the food drive.

WAGS was formed over the summer by a group of volunteers that included Anna Finn, Alison Graham, Amy Strege and Wayne Motley. The group aims to raise funds and collect supplies to assist the city’s animal control staff in caring for animals either abandoned or picked up as strays.

Earlier this month, WAGS also began a drive to collect blankets and Kuranda beds, which are set above the ground to keep animals from otherwise sleeping on concrete. Donations can be dropped off directly at the shelter, 1698 N. McAree, or arrangements can be made by contacting WAGS via email at

The winter blanket and bed drive is scheduled to run through Feb. 29. For more information, visit the Facebook page for Waukegan Animals Getting Saved.

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