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Best Friends by Dale Rogers
To commemorate the Naperville Area Humane Society's 35th anniversary milestone, a committee made up of founding members commissioned award winning artist Dale Rogers to create a whimsical sculpture of a dog and cat. The plaque recognizes founder Ardis McCallion and founding member Cleo Keller. Both women, deserving of accolades, celebrate their 90th birthdays in 2014.

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  • Ardie McCallion
  • Cleo Keller and Suzie Simnick at the 2013 NAHS Black Cat Ball
  • Ardis McCallion and her collie Pat, c. 1940
  • Ardis McCallion and her collie Sheba, c. 1979
  • Cleo Keller with her rescue dog Trixie, c. 1930
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Title: Best Friends

Artist: Dale Rogers

Location: On the Riverwalk near the Beach and Naperville Park District Building

Medium: sculpture

Installation Date: 2014

Description: To commemorate the Naperville Area Humane Society's 35th anniversary milestone, a committee made up of founding members commissioned award winning artist Dale Rogers to create a whimsical sculpture of a dog and cat. The plaque recognizes founder Ardis McCallion and founding member Cleo Keller. Both women, deserving of accolades, celebrate their 90th birthdays in 2014.

Plaque Text: Established in 1979, the Naperville Area Humane Society was the vision of Ardis Mccallion. Along with founding member Cleo Keller who was cut from the same farm-girl cloth and a small group of volunteers, Mccallion began the nonprofit initiative to rescue and care for homeless pets. Today NAHS continues to serve Naperville and beyond as a temporary home to thousands of cats and dogs waiting to find forever homes. It is dedicated toward educating the community on compassion as well as the importance of the human-animal bond. Through a variety of educational programs for adults and children, NAHS is devoted toward making a positive difference and this sculpture stands as a symbol of the "paw print" the founders and all friends of the Naperville Area Humane Society have left on our community.

Plaque Courtesy Of: Naperville Park District

 

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