WBEZ | animal shelter http://www.wbez.org/tags/animal-shelter Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en New Illinois law beefs up efforts to reunite lost pets http://www.wbez.org/story/new-illinois-law-beefs-efforts-reunite-lost-pets-90073 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-03/AP11072018881.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A new law means shelters will have to try harder to reunite lost pets with their owners.&nbsp;</p><p>The legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed Wednesday requires shelters to scan twice for microchips. The first scan would be within 24 hours of the animal's arrival and a second scan before it's adopted, transferred or euthanized.&nbsp;</p><p>Shelters also are required to reach out to the person registered with the animal's microchip by phone or email. Currently they only need to send a letter, a process that can be ineffective if the owner has moved.</p><p>Quinn says pets are part of people's families and the state wants to do everything possible to reunite lost animals with their owners.</p><p>Quinn's own dog, Bailey, recently died.</p></p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 18:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/new-illinois-law-beefs-efforts-reunite-lost-pets-90073 Cook County jail inmates cleaning animal shelter http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-jail-inmates-cleaning-animal-shelter-89914 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-01/RS268_AP060212028710-cook county jail2 Jeff Roberson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cook County jail inmates are cleaning cages at an&nbsp;animal shelter on Chicago's West Side - the first time officials&nbsp;have allowed inmates to leave the jail to do such chores.&nbsp;</p><p>Sixteen minimum-security inmates serving short jail sentences&nbsp;for non-violent charges will clean cages at the center. They are&nbsp;part of the Sheriff's Department's program that started Monday.</p><p>Officials say the program will save taxpayers money because&nbsp;staffing shortages often mean paying overtime to regular employees&nbsp;for the work.</p><p>The city will pay the sheriff's department about $231,000 a year&nbsp;to drive inmates and officers to and from the shelter.</p></p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 18:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-jail-inmates-cleaning-animal-shelter-89914