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Thee Fish Bowl, the popular pet store in the heart of Evanston’s Dempster Street shopping district. Thee Fish Bowl now offers shelter animals for adoption.

Barbara Herman, owner of Thee Fish Bowl, and Thee staff had become increasingly aware of the often brutal conditions of puppy suppliers or “mills”and the overcrowding of shelters and rescues. “I want to make a difference in the lives of these animals,” she said. “Animals are my livelihood but they are also my life.

With the help of animal welfare advocate Hannah Arbizzani and The Puppy Mill Project, a non-profit organization that educates the public about “puppy mill” breeding facilities, Ms. Herman connected with Chicago Animal Care and Control’s Homeward Bound program, which helps area animal welfare agencies to place stray and surrendered adoptable animals through shelters and, recently, through approved pet stores. The Puppy Mill Project assists pet stores in setting up humane standards of operation and serves as a liaison with Chicago Animal Care & Control and other animal control facilities. “I’m delighted to be working with Barb to place homeless animals,” said Cherie Travis, executive director for Chicago’s ACC.

Information on Thee Fish Bowl and the Rescued with Love pet adoption program is available by phoning 847-475-6500 or visiting www.theefishbowl.com.