LAKEVIEW — The next time the mood strikes to rosé all day, keep those wine corks handy for a purrfectly good cause.
Animal Medical Center of Chicago is collecting corks over the next few weeks for a volunteer project that will turn the donations into pet toys.
Children will be able to help make the cork toys, which will be donated to a nearby animal rescue group along with several other handmade toys for dogs and cats, said Nick Anderson, the hospital administrator.
The easy-to-make cork toy design comes from the Anti-Cruelty Society as a suggested DIY project for shelters. Feathers and pipe-cleaners are inserted into the cork so cats can "simulate their natural desire to catch and throw prey."
Corks can be dropped off at the front desk of Animal Medical Center of Chicago, 1618 W. Diversey Parkway, or left in a bag after hours.
The animal hospital's pet project comes on the tail end of its charity competition to stock the shelves of Friendship Pet Food Pantry in Lincoln Square.
Along with Integrative Pet Care and North Center Animal Hospital, Animal Medical Center of Chicago donated 14,662 pounds of pet food to the pantry, which will help feed hundreds of pets in need.