FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Thursday, July 26, will be a "Dog Day of Summer" in downtown Fanwood.

Three local businesses -- at Nick's Pizza, Rocko's Ice Cream, and Fanwood Grille -- are joining forces to raise money for the North Shore Animal League on Thursday, July 26,  when each will donate 10 percent of their sales from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to the cause. 

Suzanne and Joe Carbone adopted a dog named Luigi from the North Shore Animal League and have worked since then to raise money so that other dogs could be rescued, too. 

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"Joe and I are the proud parents of Luigi, a rescue from Alabama," says Suzanne Carbone, who is running the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon on Nov. 4 in support of North Shore Animal League. "He has changed our lives and we want nothing more than to help other homeless dogs and cats find their 'furever' homes."

The North Shore Animal League is a "no kill" rescue organization that rescues, nurtures, and finds homes for homeless pets. 

"Suzanne has a real passion for animal rescue. Raising money with her and Luigi for a great cause gives us nothing but joy," said Rob Watterson, owner of Nick's Pizza. "We made sure to bring the whole Nick’s Pizza, Rocko’s Ice Cream, and Fanwood Grille team together for this fundraiser."

Since its founding in 1944, The North Shore Animal League has saved more than 1 million animal lives. Each year, the organization's medical staff performs 58,000 exams and vaccinates 65,000 animals. On average, it places nearly 18,000 pets into loving homes. 

Every year, an estimated 2,000,000 homeless pets are euthanized throughout the United States. The North Shore Animal League's goal is a no-kill world where all homeless pets find loving homes. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.