Illinois state Rep. Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport)
Illinois state Rep. Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) will be hosting a Pet Rescue Fair from noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Friend Forever Humane Society in Freeport.
The event will allow area residents to meet animals that are up for adoption, learn more about the organization’s services and cash in on special half-priced pet adoptions.
“There is always a need for responsible pet owners to share their love and homes with furry friends seeking their forever homes,” Chesney said in press release. “We hope that this will help begin the process of placing available rescue pets with loving owners in time for the holiday season.”
The proud owner of a rescue Labrador himself, Chesney said the event will also offer pet lovers the chance to donate pet food and other supplies to help care for animals in need.
Chesney has long been a strong advocate for humane treatment of animals. Since arriving in Springfield, he has sponsored House Bill 3381, which prevents household members of animal abusers from taking control or owning animals if their household member is convicted of aggravated cruelty, violation of animals for entertainment, or a violation of being involved with dog fighting.
The freshmen lawmaker also threw his support behind a recently passed bill that outlaws cosmetics testing on animals.
Founded more than six decades ago, Friends Forever Humane Society is a non-profit organization “focused on the welfare of companion animals.” Over the years, the organization counts over 10,000 animals in need that it has assisted.
Chesney's 89th district includes all or parts of Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties as well as parts of Ogle, Carroll, Winnebago and Whiteside counties.