Furever homes for the holidays

Expect appearances by Santa Claus and pups up for adoption from local nonprofit 4 R Friends

’Tis the season of giving. On Saturday, Dec. 7, The Plant Foundry in Oak Park will host its Holiday Open House. This all-day event has something for all ages—meet Santa, help animals in need and sample the plant-based menu from Bambi Vegan Tacos. A tree decorated with dog tags belonging to pups waiting for their forever homes is at the center of this event sponsored by 4 R Friends: The Street Vets. 4 R Friends is a free pet clinic that “provides life-saving care [and] basic supplies … in the areas where intake to the shelters is highest and where access to care is most limited,” founder and director, Jean Rabinowitz, says on the nonprofit’s website. The open house will also include adoptable animals to meet. The Plant Foundry has partnered with Edible Pedal to deliver Christmas trees by bike, the eco-friendly way. Proceeds from tree deliveries will go toward Trips for Kids, which helps kids in need get bikes and teaches them safety tips. 3500 Broadway, plantfoundry.com.