If you love dogs (and animals of all shapes and sizes), you’ll find plenty of friends in Joliet. This Illinois city, found 40 miles southwest of Chicago, has a big population of animal lovers who are willing to step up to the plate whenever dogs are in need of help.
Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue is a perfect example of this. Founded by a group of volunteers who simply wanted to make a difference in the lives of abused, abandoned, and neglected animals, this non-profit has helped many dogs find loving forever homes. Like so many other fantastic rescue groups across the country, it’s always on the lookout for more volunteers and foster carers.
Will County Humane Society also works tirelessly to champion the rights of animals in and around Joliet. As the oldest no-kill animal shelter in Will County, the society has been helping the pets of the area for more than 40 years. It has one very important purpose: to provide a safe haven for homeless pets and help them find loving, permanent homes. On any given day it cares for over 40 homeless dogs - and even more cats, and this not-for-profit receives no federal or local government funding.
Finally, Wags 2 Wishes Animal Rescue is also deserving of recognition. Based in nearby Plainfield, Wags 2 Wishes has a mission to rescue abused, sick, abandoned, and forgotten animals facing euthanasia. Those poor animals then receive the love, care, and treatment they need to transition into loving homes where they can live out the lives they deserve.
Get some exercise, spend some quality time with your canine companion, and raise money for a good cause — that’s what you can expect when you pound the pavement at the annual Paws for a Cause 5k event. Held to benefit the Will County Humane Society, this event gives you and your pooch the op-paw-tunity to tackle a scenic and challenging 5k running course or take it a little easier on a 2-mile walk. It all takes place at Hammel Woods and is a simple, sociable way to raise some much-needed funds for a very good cause. Grab your pooch and check it out!
Every June in Cresthill, Wags 2 Wishes Animal Rescue hosts Pet Fest, a dog-friendly celebration that promises plenty of fun for the whole family. With your dog in tow, you can enjoy an afternoon full of dog-friendly activities, games, and entertainment. Highlights include live music, a huge variety of pet product vendors, food, a kids’ play zone, adoptable animals, and a whole lot more! Discounted vaccines and veterinary wellness care are also available throughout the day to help your pet stay healthy all year long. If you’re looking for a fun and educational day out with your pooch, head to St Joe’s Park and join the celebration!
Want to find out more about some local pet rescue services and enjoy some dog-friendly fun and games at the same time? Head down to the Paws on 66 Pet Rescue Day, which is presented by three grrr-eat local rescue groups — Dogs are Deserving Rescue, Safe Pets for Joliet and Paws Crossed Rescue Resource. You can find out all about the wonderful work these organizations do in the Joliet community, and then enjoy heaps of other doggy activities and entertainment with your furry friend! There are appearances from celebrity pets, a human and pet look-alike contest with local VIPs, canine demonstrations, beautiful crafts, tasty treats, and a range of other pet-related items for sale. Add it to your diary for the year ahead!
Looking for some fun in the sun with your pet? Paws in the Park is the event for you! This paw-some community celebration is an annual fundraiser for the Naperville Area Humane Society, and it promises an afternoon full of family-friendly festivities. Held in Commissioner’s Park, Paws in the Park features agility and frisbee dog demonstrations, plus the paw-some opportunity for your pet to try out the equipment! Other highlights include police K9 demonstrations, a bounce house, and a silly agility course for kids. There will also be local vendors on hand selling a variety of pet products, so you might even be able to stock up on a few tasty treats for your canine companion!
Support a local restaurant, have some fun with your pet, and raise money to support a good cause, all at Yappy Hour! Hosted by the Naperville Area Humane Society at various dates and locations throughout the year, this regular fundraiser supports the society’s efforts to improve the lives of pets in need. Once you’ve purchased a ticket, you and your leashed dog can enjoy a night of fun and socialization with other animal lovers at nominated local restaurants and bars. You can enjoy drinks, food, raffles, fun games, and the chance to make some new friends, and you can do it all with your canine companion right by your side!