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On Angels' Wings pet rescue moving to larger Crystal Lake site

The City Council approved a special use permit to allow On Angels Wings, 5186 Route 14, Crystal Lake, to move to a larger location.
The City Council approved a special use permit to allow On Angels Wings, 5186 Route 14, Crystal Lake, to move to a larger location.

A local nonprofit dedicated to saving and caring for pets is set to move into a larger space this summer.

The Crystal Lake City Council approved a special use permit to allow On Angels’ Wings, 5186 Route 14, to move its shelter and resale store to
5561 Route 14.

The organization’s new space is about a half-mile from the current site.

“We hope [to move] in the early part of the summer, as soon as the renovation is complete on the interior of the building,” development director Vanessa Candow said. “The renovation may take a couple of phases, depending on how much help we get from the community. We would love to have the renovation 100 percent complete at the date of the move-in, but we also are realistic in understanding that we do not have significant funds available at our fingertips. We are going to be heavily relying on volunteers from the community and donations.”

The resale store, which would offer gently used clothing and home decor, will be 12,400 square feet, and the pet adoption center will be 8,292 square feet, according to city documents. Proceeds from the store help fund the nonprofit’s efforts.

“It’s a dramatic increase in space,” Candow said, adding that about 350 pets are saved by the nonprofit each year.

She hopes to save many more with the new space. Along with dogs and cats, the nonprofit also saves birds and guinea pigs.

“We are planning to care for more animals – as many as will be able to be taken,” she said, adding that the organization now is in its 12th year of operation. “In our current situation, we like to have on-site no more than eight cats and dogs, so eight of each. We also really strive to have a lot of our pets in foster care.”

On Angels’ Wings rescues, provides veterinary care with a mobile clinic and finds forever homes for abandoned, surrendered and neglected pets.

Candow said she’s working with Prairie Ridge High School engineering and design teacher Nick Low. Low and some of his students took measurements and sketched out floor plans Wednesday to help facilitate the renovation process.

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