MENDOTA - For over 28 years, Carol Wendel and a dedicated group of volunteers found homes for numerous homeless animals in southern Lee and northern LaSalle counties. Wendel passed away on Dec. 8, and area residents will now have to travel a bit farther to give a home to needy animals, as the Sauk Valley Humane Society is no longer in operation.
The Sauk Valley Humane Society began in Dixon in the 1970s and was run by Ruth MacDonald and Helen McEleney. In 1991, Carol Wendel, with the help of a bequest by the late Lois Feik, had a building constructed to house the unwanted and found animals to which the Society became guardians.
Throughout the years, pictures of animals in need of homes were published in The Amboy News, and other publications, to encourage those looking for companions to contact the Society. Many of the animals looking for homes were “dumped” strays found on roads, some were surrendered by owners unable to care for them, some were removed from abusive homes and some were “dropped” at the Society. All were looking for a safe, happy home and Wendel did her best to find them each a forever home.
Area residents are asked to please contact their local county animal control, Lee County Animal Control (815) 284-3833 or LaSalle County Animal Control (815) 434-8661, to report a lost animal, an animal at large or animal abuse.