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Voting taking place in Project Santa Paws contest

ST. CHARLES – Although its name might make one think otherwise, Animal House Veterinary Hospital doesn’t treat Flounder, Otter or Stork.

While its locations in North Aurora and St. Charles don’t treat misfit fictional fraternity members, they pretty much serve all real-life, pet-related needs, especially helping those who own dogs and cats in the area.

They also give back to the community. And this holiday season they will be awarding $2,000 to one of five animal-based organizations via their Project Santa Paws 2017 contest.

“We usually have done something with pets and pictures with Santa,” Animal House veterinary technician Laura Damm said. “We wanted to do something different and something that would help shelters. It’s been amazing to see everyone come together for a good cause, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Always Room 4 More Paws, Anderson Animal Shelter, Cairn Rescue USA, Casey’s Safe Haven, and New Start Dog Rescue of Illinois were the five organizations that were chosen by Animal House’s Dr. Peter Ammon and Dr. Patrick Sage to enter the final round of the contest.

All five are nonprofit organizations that provide aid to animals and work directly with those with pets in need residing in the Fox Valley area.

“Rescue organizations do so many good things to help pets,” Sage said. “We appreciate their hard work and wanted to give back in the spirit of Christmas.”

Ammon agreed with his co-owner, especially recognizing the commitment the organizations make and the obstacles they have to overcome year-round.

“These organizations dedicate many hours and finances to the care and treatment of rescue animals,” Ammon said.

“This is especially the season to give back.”

Now through Dec. 21, those who wish to vote for their favorite of the five organizations can do so at either hospital location. One must be 18 or older to vote.

Participants also can vote a second time if they bring in an item to donate to Toys for Tots or if they bring in an animal-based item – such as pet food or cat litter – that will be collected and donated to the runner-up organization.

The winner and runner-up will be announced Dec. 22, with the top organization receiving $2,000 to be used for food, medical assistance or shelter for animals in their care.

Those interested in voting must do so at either the North Aurora location at 356 N. Randall Road or the St. Charles location at 2079 Route 38.

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