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South Suburban Humane Society is dedicated to taking care of homeless and abandoned pets in the suburbs of Chicago, including Chicago Heights. They care for and shelter pets and animals who are in need of a home, investigate ways to prevent animal abuse in the community and educate the public about pet ownership duties and the responsibility of taking care of animals at home. 

They opened their doors in 1970, and ever since, they have been operating a 10,000 square foot shelter facility and opens their door to all animals that come to them. They help an average of around 6,000 animals per year! They have a combination of paid employees and volunteers that help run this massive rescue shelter. 

They encourage residents of the community to donate if possible, and better yet, become a foster parent to the shelter or volunteer at their shelter facility. They are committed to helping teach and educate the community about proper animal treatment, how to take care of a dog, and the importance of keeping Chicago Heights and the surrounding community of pets safe, happy, and supported. 

Furthermore, they host a heap of dog-friendly events throughout the year and hold numerous fundraisers to help raise money for the animals in their shelter. They also provide low-cost animal services, like spaying and neutering, so help keep overpopulations of dogs and cats under control.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Chicago Heights

  • Admission $40.00
    Month February
    Duration 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    #1 Brew and Bark

    February 11 from 12 pm - 4 pm, join the Soundgrowler Brewing Co. Ticket are $40 and get you access to their taco bar and 2 beers! The proceeds from this event will benefit and support the pets at the South Suburban Humane Society. Well-behaved and leashed pups are welcome to attend the event as well. This is a super fun way to spend an afternoon with some friends, both human and furry!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration TBD

    #2 Fall Color Walk

    The city of Chicago Heights hosts a few fall color walks during autumn. This is a great way to get outside with friends, family, and of course, your dog! You can hike the trails with a group of people and enjoy all of the gorgeous fall colors the city has to offer. This makes for a fun way to get outdoors with your pup for a bit of playing and exercise! Make sure your dog is leashed, non-aggressive and does okay with groups of people.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month July
    Duration 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    #3 Pet Fest/West Fest

    Taking place a bit outside of Chicago Heights, Pet Fest is a huge festival, especially for dogs! There is a charity dog wash to clean up your pup, dog obstacle course, paw painting, pet retail shopping, doggie bandana making, and so much more! Your pooch will think they are in the most special place on Earth. All proceeds go to Alive Rescue and One Tail at a Time and people who donate will get a special goodie bag filled with treats for humans and dogs.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    #4 Spooky Pooch Parade

    If you want a great, annual Halloween event to attend with your special fur buddy, check out the Spooky Pooch Parade! The event takes place in October at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. There is a doggie costume contest, prizes for multiple categories, and a special awards ceremony. There will be a variety of non-profit shelters in attendance and local vendors as well. Most vendors will be from local pet shops, so you can pick up some awesome dog-related products at the end of the day! Check with them closer to October for ticket and pricing information.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month June
    Duration 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

    #5 PAWS Chicago’s 5K Walk/Run

    If you are looking for something fun and active to do with your dog, this walk/run is a perfect option to partake in! When you purchase your ticket for this event, it gets you race entry, live entertainment, snacks, giveaways, and tons more. Dogs will have a blast, not just walking around with you, but also meeting a bunch of new doggie friends as well! This event will take place in June at Montrose Harbor. This event raises money for PAWS Chicago. Fee range from $20 - $75 depending on the ticket you purchase.
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