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When you think of Evanston, Illinois, you no doubt think of quality education and the Northwestern University - with strong social and civic values as the place that supported abolitionists during the Civil War. For animals and their owners in this community, the Evanston Animal Shelter is offering a range of quality services. The mission of this non-profit organization is to provide compassionate care for the abused, abandoned and relinquished animals, finding them homes through rehabilitation, foster placements, adoptions, and rescue organizations.

They offer counseling, education and support to the community to proactively promote positive human-pet relationships. They participate in the Shelter Animals Count National Database, an important collaborative tool for studying risk factors and variables that will bring improvements to the lives of animals. 

The Evanston Animal Shelter Association is operated by an all-volunteer group who replaced the previous Community Area Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) with the goal of becoming a no-kill shelter in 2015. This successful transition has occurred with a focus on foster placements for animals in need of medical care or special behavioral management, concerted improvements with adoptions, and positive activism of the volunteers. With regular programs like the Rescue Readers in which children come to the shelter to read to the animals, the paw-sibilities for fur-ever friends grows stronger each year.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Evanston

  • Admission $2.00
    Month October

    #1 Pooch-A-Palooza


    It's party time at the Pooch-A-Palooza! This event is hosted by Quad Indoor Sports in Evanston once a year. Owners and their pets come out to see the vendors, demonstrations and to participate in games for paw-ty animals. Activities include an agility course, play area, contests, games, and prizes. Puppies must be potty trained and all dogs must be on a leash. The event is held in October, so your pet can compete in a Halloween costume and plan for there to be dog appropriate tricks and treats! The event is held in an indoor sporting arena, so rain or shine,  it's a chance to come together to enjoy the dogs.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk Year-Round

    #2 Montrose Dog Beach

    Play on the beach along Lake Michigan at the Montrose Dog Beach just south of town in Chicago! A corner of the beach is fenced and legally designated for off-leash dog play. The beach offers doggie bags for quick clean-ups. There is also a dog wash area - a great idea for rinsing off the sand before heading home! The beach is free but dogs are required to have a DFA tag to guarantee rabies vaccinations to keep all in the area safe. The beach is run by a group called Mondog, started in 2000 by a group of people who love the beach and walking their dogs. Make sure your pooch has a good recall before coming to this spot!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Thursday Evenings...

    #3 Thursday Night Free Live Music

    Summer nights are made special when you can bring your dog to downtown Evanston for free concerts on the plaza! The ten-concert series features a range of music styles,  including jazz, swing, rock, and classics like the Beatles. It offers an evening of relaxation, dancing, and entertainment. There are also games for children at each event. An outdoor to-do, your dog will need to be leashed and well socialized to accompany you.
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  • Admission $25.00
    Month October

    #4 Spooky Pooch Parade

    Celebrate "Howl-o-ween" with a special visit to the Chicago Botanical Gardens for the Spooky Pooch Parade! There is a parade route for costumed canines to strut around and show their stylings. In addition to the parade, there are contests, judgings, and prizes for categories like Best Costume, Best Dog/Owner Costume, Best Puppy in Costume, and Best Senior in Costume. Information and goods are available from local nonprofit groups and vendors. Dogs must be leashed and there is a registration fee to bring your spooky pooch on the property. All dogs must remain leashed at all times.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Game Time 2 Days ...

    #5 Chicago White Sox Dog Day

    For two games a year, you can take your dog to the ball "bark" to see the Chicago White Sox! Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis and are quickly sold out. Fans get to walk their dog on the ballfield before the game. Some lucky dogs even get to eat a hot dog! There are comfort stations for the pooches, veterinarians on hand, and special dog tickets. The animals in attendance must be leashed and well socialized. It's sure to be fun to watch and enjoy the game - and the four-legged fans!
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