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Shelter Shiver Challenges Animal Lovers To Jump Into Lake Michigan To Help ALIVE Rescue

Shelter Shiver participants jump into Lake Michigan to raise money for ALIVE Rescue.
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CHICAGO — Animal lovers will brave icy Lake Michigan to help dogs and kittens in need this weekend.

The annual fundraiser, called Shelter Shiver, is held to raise money for ALIVE Rescue. Attendees jump (or dip their toes) into Lake Michigan and collect donations for ALIVE. The event was originally scheduled for January but will now be held Sunday.

This year, organizers hope the Shelter Shiver can raise $100,000 for ALIVE, a Chicago animal shelter that helps dogs, cats, puppies and kittens find permanent and foster homes. More than $41,000 has been raised so far.

Shelter Shiver attendees can participate individually or as a team in three categories: the Shiver Swim, where they immerse themselves in the water; the Chicken Dip, where they only go in up to their ankles; or the I’ll Meet You at the Meltdown, where they fundraise but don’t have to go into the water.

Prizes will be awarded for the attendees with the best costume, the best team theme and to the top fundraisers.

After the dip into Lake Michigan, participants can go to Joe’s Bar, 940 W. Weed St., for free snacks and juice or soda. There will also be drink specials.

Registration is $25 and participants will get a bag with coupons and gifts. Those who want to register or donate can do so online.

The Shelter Shiver starts 10 a.m. Sunday at North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive.

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