When the Chicago Wolves arranged their first Adopt-A-Dog Night in 2001, Wolves Chairman of the Board Don Levin figured the team would try the promotion once or twice. Then it turned out the team's fans relished the chance to provide homes for the dogs brought in from Animal Care and Control in Chicago.
Now the Wolves and their fans are on the verge of achieving a milestone. If 19 dogs are adopted during the team's final Adopt-A-Dog Night on the 2011-12 schedule -- a 7 p.m. game Saturday
against the Milwaukee Admirals at Allstate Arena -- then 1,000 dogs will have found happy homes via the Adopt-A-Dog program, which is presented by Pet Supplies Plus, Evo, Natural Balance, and Pedigree.
"To me, one dog is a huge accomplishment," Levin said. "One thousand dogs? I don't even know what to say. It's so gratifying. Whenever I see someone adopt a dog at a game, I go over and shake their hand. The lives it has changed; the families that have become bigger and better for adopting a dog; it's really an amazing thing."
It costs just $65 to take care of the registration, the vaccinations, and the spaying/neutering for each dog. For information on attending Saturday's game, visit ChicagoWolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.