Des Plaines, Illinois, is fortunate enough to be surrounded by local animal shelters that are dedicated to keeping homeless animals off of the streets. These shelters work hard to protect animals and find them new homes. Two of the most notable shelters in the area are the Heartland Animal Shelter and The Buddy Foundation.
The Heartland Animal Shelter opened in October of 2002, and since then, the organization has been dedicated to saving the lives of animals who were likely to be euthanized due to overpopulation in other local shelters. One way the organization prevents overpopulation is by promoting spay and neuter surgeries for pets. Since many of the animals that come into the Heartland Animal Shelter come from abusive or neglectful backgrounds, the organization has staff that works hard to provide training and support to animals that may otherwise be hard to get adopted. As a no-kill facility, Heartland Animal Shelter helps save a lot of pet lives.
The Buddy Foundation was founded as a no-kill shelter in 1995. The organization provides a safe space for abused and abandoned animals in the Des Plaines area. The Buddy Foundation then matches each animal with a new family as they can. One of the organization’s goals is to reduce the number of animals who are euthanized due to overpopulation in animal shelters.
If you live in the Des Plaines area and are considering an addition of a pet into your household, consider contacting one of these great shelters to find your new companion.
Each November, Panting for Paws 5k and 1-Mile Family Walk and Run takes place at Lippold Park in Crystal Lake. This event is a great way to get your dog up and moving. Humans and dogs of all ages and fitness levels are allowed to participate in the one-mile walk/run, so be sure to bring your pup! Dogs are not allowed to join in on the 5k event due to the large number of people who participate.
Registration for the one-mile event is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event. The 5k race costs $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Registration includes a t-shirt, goodie bag, free post-race beer for Bulldog Ale House (for those 21+), and snacks and refreshments.
The Paws in the Park Walk and Pet Fest is held in Woodstock, Illinois, each June to celebrate the pooches of the area. Many Crystal Lake residents look forward to bringing their dogs to Emricson Park for a day of fun in the sun!
The event includes a one-mile walk along the nature path in the park, as well as games, contests, demonstrations, vendors, and a pet blessing. If your dog gets hot, there are doggy pools set up for a quick dip! Arts and crafts and a pet booth are other main attractions at this fun event.
While you are at the park, meet adoptable dogs and enjoy a slice of pizza from Rosati’s Pizza.
While you and your family probably love dressing up each Halloween, does your dog get to participate? With the Spooky Pooch Parade at the Chicago Botanic Garden, your dog will the opportunity to celebrate this fun holiday with a bunch of other local canines! Each October, dogs are allowed in the garden for just a couple hours to show off their favorite costumes and win prizes in the costume contests. The costume contest will have prizes for numerous different categories. There will also be vendors selling pet-related goods!
All dogs must be leashed during the entirety of the parade. Dogs are not permitted in the garden after 2 pm.
The parade is free to watch, but there is a fee for participating. That fee will be released closer to the event date.
At the Hair of the Dog Pub Crawl, you’ll get to spend a day with your favorite pooch while sipping on great beer or cocktails. Each June, On Angels’ Wings Pet Rescue’s pub crawl helps the organization raise money. In addition to the $25 admission fee, any “Hair of the Dog” Bloody Mary purchased at any of the participating bars will contribute $1 to the group. Your dog will love spending time with you and meeting new friends!
The registration fee includes a t-shirt and coozie, as well as entry into the event raffles and scavenger-hunt.
Each August, On Angels’ Wings Pet Rescue hosts a Dog Day Afternoon in their parking lot in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Your dog will enjoy a day of pampering that they otherwise may never experience! Your pooch can receive a bath a pedicure while munching on tasty treats. If your dog hasn’t been microchipped, this is the perfect opportunity to get that done as well!
You can speak to veterinarians about anything that you want to know about your pet. There will also be games with prizes you are sure to love and music for entertainment.
Admission to Dog Day Afternoon is free. The event starts at 12 pm and ends at 4 pm.