Morton Grove, IL Mayor Dan DiMaria cuts the ribbon on the new North Shore Human Center for Adoption, Wellness and Community Education. Elliott Bambrough, holding the mike, is the host of the local food series “Chicago’s Best” and acted as Event Emcee.
On a warm, sunny early Autumn Saturday, similar to the day just less than a year after a bus crash destroyed its shelter, a small crowd gathered of staff, volunteers, board members and government officials. The occasion, to celebrate the last year of fundraising, searching for, and building a new home for Wright-Way Rescue.
Wright-Way Rescue (WWR) cut the ribbon on its next generation of rescuing animals from high kill shelters in the middle Southern states where spaying and neutering doesn’t exist. Wright-Way Rescue, or the renamed North Shore Humane Center for Adoption, Wellness and Community Education, is destined to be more than just an adoption center with its list of expanded programs and services:
- 13,000 square feet, approximately three times larger than its former facility
- Expanded retail store
- Obedience classes
- Family service nights
- Children’s birthday parties
- Corporate team building
- On-site veterinary clinic (early 2015)
Cooper the Frenchie, cousin to Manny and member of Manny and Friends, attended, contributing BarkBoxes to the first 30 adoptions and a check for $500! Shelby Walchuk, Director of Operations and Public Relations accepts the donation happily.
Puppies and kittens available for adoption during the grand opening weekend. Approximately 50 animals were adopted over the three-day event.
It wasn’t easy for WWR to find a new home, many suburbs didn’t want an animal shelter. Morton Grove welcomed them gladly. A board member bought a building that had been standing empty for 10 years. The mayor sees the shelter as revitalizing a blighted area. Animal shelters are vibrant, small businesses that provide jobs and economic revitalization to an area. Executive Director and Founder Christy Anderson says that WWR has come a long way since she smuggled that first dog in her dorm room 12 years ago.