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For homeless animals, life can be extremely difficult. Pets who have been abandoned often don’t have the skills to fend for themselves on the streets. Fortunately for the homeless animals of Crystal Lake, Illinois, there are rescues and shelters that are here to help.

The Assisi Animal Foundation is the first no-kill, non-profit shelter in McHenry County, Illinois. This organization is dedicated to providing shelter and care for animals in need. While these animals are being cared for, the staff is also working to find them new homes. As a no-kill shelter, Assisi Animal Foundation doesn’t euthanize animals to create more space in the shelter. Instead, the organization works with animals to make them adoptable and keeps caring for them until they can find a permanent home. Assisi Animal Foundation also runs a trap and release program where they bring in feral animals for spaying or neutering services to prevent more unwanted animals from wandering the streets. These animals are then released, as they are wild and not be fit to be pets.

Helping Paws Animal Shelter is another animal welfare organization in the area that funs a no-kill facility. Since 2016, Helping Paws Animal Shelter has been able to care for 125 cats and 45 dogs at any given time. As a non-profit organization, Helping Paws Animal Shelter relies on volunteers to care for the animals at the shelter. Since the organization sees more than 800 animals each year, volunteers and donations are extremely important in keeping the shelter open. Helping Paws Animal Shelter seeks to give every homeless animal in the area a second chance at finding a permanent family.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Crystal Lake

  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    #1 Spooky Pooch Parade


    Halloween is a fun time for the whole family, and your dogs should get to experience all the fun, too! At the Chicago Botanic Garden, each October, there is parade just for your Halloween-loving pups. The Spooky Pooch Parade is a two-hour event in the garden where costumed dogs take part in a Halloween parade for the ages. After the parade, there will be a costume contest with all kinds of fun categories. Prizes will be given to winners!

    Vendors will be on-site selling all kinds of dog-related products.

    All dogs must be leashed during the entirety of the parade. Dogs are not permitted in the garden after 2 pm.

    To watch the parade, there is no admission fee. Participating in the parade costs a small fee that will be released closer to the event date.

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  • Admission $30.00
    Month June
    Duration 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #2 Paws in the Park Walk and Pet Fest


    Each June, Paws in the Park Walk and Pet Fest comes to Woodstock, Illinois. Since the event is so close to Crystal Lake, many residents use the event as a time to venture out and spend a day with their dogs. So, head on over to Emricson Park and join in on the fun!

    The event features a one-mile walk around the Emricson Park nature path, canine contests and games, doggy pools, demonstrations, and even a pet blessing. You won’t want to miss out on the arts and crafts, photo booth, or vendor booths, either! Meet adoptable dogs and enjoy a slice of pizza from Rosati’s Pizza.

    Admission starts at $30.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month August
    Duration 12:00 pm - 4 pm

    #3 Dog Day Afternoon


    On Angels’ Wings Pet Rescue is proud to host the Dog Day Afternoon event in Crystal Lake each August. Bring your dog out to the On Angels’ Wings Pet Rescue parking lot for an afternoon of pet pampering. Dogs can enjoy pedicures and baths, as well as tasty treats. Microchipping will also be available during the event.

    Speak to veterinarians about anything that you want to know about your pet, and enjoy games with prizes you are sure to love! There will also be music for entertainment.

    Admission to Dog Day Afternoon is free. The event starts at 12 pm and ends at 4 pm.

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  • Admission $20.00
    Month November
    Duration 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

    #4 Panting for Paws 5k


    For a day of exercise with your pooch, participate in the Panting for Paws 5k and 1-Mile Family Run/Walk each November at Lippold Park in Crystal Lake! Humans of all ages and fitness levels can participate. If you are participating in the one-mile event, bring your friendly dog for even more fun! Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed to participate in the 5k event due to the size of the race.

    Registration is $35 in advance for the 5k race and $20 for the one-mile walk/run. If you register at the event, the 5k will cost $40 and the one-mile will cost $25. Registration includes a t-shirt, goodie bag, free post-race beer for Bulldog Ale House (for those 21+), and snacks and refreshments.

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  • Admission $25.00
    Month June
    Duration 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    #5 Hair of the Dog Pub Crawl


    Who doesn’t want to partake in a pub crawl with their dog?! Join On Angels’ Wings Pet Rescue for their annual Hair of the Dog Pub Crawl each June. For just $25, you can go from bar to bar, getting all kinds of great drinks! Participating pubs will also feature a “Hair of the Dog” Bloody Mary that will help support On Angels’ Wings Pet Rescue as $1 from each purchase will be donated to the organization.

    The registration fee includes a t-shirt and coozie, as well as entry into the event raffles and scavenger-hunt.

    The pub crawl starts at 1 pm and ends at 7 pm.

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