An event to help the Hope Rescues Animal Shelter to raise money for homeless pets has doubled its success from last year. The second Polar Plunge to be held in Alton was held at the boat ramp beneath the Clark Bridge New Year's Day at noon, and 35 people took the plunge, raising money for Hope Animal Rescues.

Organizer Alison Dreith says the number of participants was up from 18 last year. She says some went into the water fully clothed, while others were dressed for a summer day.

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Hope Rescues is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter based in Alton, that rescues pets from both abusive homes and shelters that would euthanize these pets if they are not adopted. You can donate to the Polar plunge by following a link