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Animals in the spotlight at children's workshop

SOUTH ELGIN – Luke Risch is the first one to admit that he's more of a dog person than a cat person.

But the 11-year-old St. Charles youngster on Sunday found himself snuggling next to the cats at Anderson Animal Shelter.

"The cats here are nice," Luke said.

Luke and other youngsters participated in the shelter's Santa Paws workshop, a fundraiser for the nonprofit shelter. This is the second year of the workshop.

"It's educational for the kids," said Christin Meyer, director of humane education at Anderson Animal Shelter. "They get to work with the animals."

The youngsters also participated in a number of other activities, such as making treats for the dogs at the shelter. Connor Lipe, 9, of St. Charles, decided to use bacon in the treat he made.

"I think that one of the dogs will like it," he said.

Meyer's own dog, Ponyo, a French Bulldog, also got plenty of attention. She adopted her from Anderson Animal Shelter two years ago.

Ponyo was appropriately dressed in a Santa Claus outfit.

"She's my little mascot," Meyer said.

Lauren Guajardo, 7, of South Elgin, couldn't help petting her.

"She's really cute," she said.

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