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Illinois Week for the Animals 2016
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**See page 1 of Events at this link. http://www.illinoisanimals.org/information.html

The Illinois Week for the Animals team is connecting  with shelters and organizations daily across the entire state. We anticipate scores of events in the spotlight-at least 85+as we kick off the week.   Please plan your events .Your ideas and suggestions are welcome as we work together to build this exciting week designed to celebrate animals, the people who love them and join together on their behalf.
For ideas, for your event to be created and/or suggestions, contact us!
Saturday,  October 22nd                         9:00 am til
Wishbone Canine Rescue Adoption 5K-9 at GE Park

Union Park  1750 General Electric Rd Bloomington, IL 61704, USA
Come and join us out at the second annual 5k-9 run/ walk on Saturday, October 22nd! Meet some of the awesome dogs we have available for adoption and even participate in the race, if you would like!  The link to register you and your dog is below!   Let's have some fun!  http://register.itsracetime.com/search/event.aspx?id=37539
See our beautiful adoptables http://awos.petfinder.com/shelters/IL542.html
Saturday, October 22nd                  9:00 am–3:00 pm
Educator Workshop -Climate Change & Human Impact

Lincoln Park Zoo   2001 North Clark St    Chicago, IL 60614    312-742-2000

Join us at Lincoln Park Zoo for our Educator Workshop, “Climate Change and Human Impacts,” a free day of fun and learning. Lunch and parking passes will be provided to those who pre-register. Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) will also be provided.  http://www.lpzoo.org/educator-workshop

Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to offer a new Educator Workshop to help you use the zoo as a resource when teaching about the complex topic of climate change.Get classroom resources and lessons, and learn how Lincoln Park Zoo can be a valuable field trip destination for your science classroom! Questions? Email us at learning@lpzoo.org   
Saturday, October 22nd           9:00 til    ALL DAY
MonDog-- Montrose Beach--- Dog Friendly Area
Lawrence Wilson Drive                Chicago, Illinois   60640

The original guardian of the Montrose Beach Dog Friendly Area, MonDog's mission is to ensure Chicago residents and their canine friends have a fun, clean, and safe beach experience.  A completely volunteer organization, MonDog endeavors to represent the dog beach community with an emphasis on owner participation and responsibility. 

The votes are in for the only election that really matters: The best dog beach in America, according to poll conducted by USA Today….and the winner is MonDog Dog Beach (Montrose Dog Beach) in Chicago! http://www.mondog.org/index.php/faq/faq-2
Saturday, October 22nd               9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Community Stewardship Workday Loyola Beach 

Loyola Park   1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.  Chicago, IL 60626  (773) 262-8605

Stewardship tasks vary each month but might include trail maintenance, planting, pruning, weeding, controlling invasive plant species, seed collection, or trash pick-up.This event will take place RAIN OR SHINE and may involve walking up to two miles and digging and/or kneeling in the dirt, so please dress accordingly. Volunteers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Planting tools, gloves, and water will be provided.    Fee: Free  Age Range: 15 and up
For more information, contact Ann Whelan at (773) 743-2662 or phida50@aol.com   http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/Community-Stewardship-Workday-at-Loyola-Beach5/
Saturday, October 22nd                   10:00 am-2:00 pm & 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Animal Protective League Adoption Event(s) Day-Laketown Festival

Concordia Church   2300 Wilshire Rd.    Springfield, IL 62703  (217) 529-3307

Adoptable cats and dogs will be available in APL’s Mobile Pet Adoption Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Concordia Church, 2300 Wilshire Rd., Springfield, as part of the Laketown Festival;   Adoptable cats and dogs will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Also on October 22-  PetSmart 3183 S Veterans Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62704 .   Phone (217) 698-3091
- October 23: Adoptable cats will be available from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at PetSmart.
Saturday, October 22nd                        10:00 am-2:00 pm
Dog Adoption Day at Dollinger Pumpkin Farms

Dollinger’s Pumpkin Farm   7420 E. Hansel Rd,   Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 467-4698   or   467-6766

Dog Adoption Day at Dollinger Pumpkin Farms, Channahon. Dollinger Farms in Channahon is a historic farm, which holds many special events in the fall. HSP will be on hand for 3 Saturdays in October on the 8th, 15th, and 22nd with dogs for adoption from 10am to 2pm each day. This has been a fun fall HSP event in past years. Come visit us and enjoy the many attractions at the farm.  http://www.dollingerfarms.com/

Help Save Pets will be there!   http://www.helpsavepets.org/available-to-adopt/
Saturday, October 22nd                              10:00 am-2:00 pm
Cicero Waggin' Tails Shelter – Pets Available for Adoption!

Cicero Animal Shelter    1634 S. Laramie Ave.  Bldg B          Cicero, IL 60804

Our sweet animals are ready for adoption and are all ready to be given the unconditional love they need and deserve. They have already been vet checked, temperament tested, have had a parvo test, been de-wormed and given their distemper, bordetella and rabies shots. All pets are also spayed/neutered and micro-chipped before leaving our shelter with their new family.   Shelter adoption hours:
Monday thru Friday 1:00pm-6:00pm     Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm    Sunday CLOSED

If interested in adopting from the Cicero Waggin' Tails Shelter, an application must be filled out and approved. Please call the shelter at (708) 652-0825 if you have any other questions regarding the adoption process or to meet our pets for adoption.   Visit  https://www.facebook.com/WagginTailsCicero/
Saturday, October 22nd                10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Canine Crunchery's Annual Fall Costume Party

The Canine Crunchery     1422 20th St             Rockford, Illinois 61108

It's that time of year again and The Canine Crunchery is putting on a Fall Costume Party and Kibble Korner Donation Drive.  The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. with music by Secret Serenade playing in The Event Boutique.Gift Bags for the first 25 dogs.
Ruth Ann from The Event Boutique will be here talking to you about your next event....

Gift Baskets from Candle Crest Candles, Cherry Valley Feed, Kibble Korner, The Canine Crunchery, Garretts Restaurant and Bar, etc. will be raffled off. Canine Corners will be here talking about Dog Park locations (if you would like a new tag or to renew your tag, bring Proof of Vaccination records)
Saturday, October 22nd                              10:00 am-12:30 pm
Fetch Pet Care Howl’oween Dog Jog/Walk
Toalson Park            502 Bardeen Ln.               Champaign IL  61822

It’s time to grab your pup, your favorite costume and your running shoes! Join us at Toalson Park for a ghoulishly good time as we race to the finish line. Awards will be given for best times, best costumes, and best dog costumes. Only one dog per runner please. All dogs must have current vaccinations and be under control on a leash at all times. Event images will post to the Fetch! Pet Care and the Champaign Park District’s Facebook pages for you to download, share, and enjoy.  Questions: claudia.christy@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3926   https://www.facebook.com/ChampaignParkDist/
Saturday, October 22nd                   10:30 am - 2:30 pm
ChicagoLand Dog Rescue  Punkins, Pooches, & Pictures

Petco     60 E. Golf Rd   Schaumburg, IL 60173    847-884-8370

Punkins, Pooches, & Pictures  AND A Bake Sale Too!!! Share our event on Facebook and your other social networks! So much fun and fall in the air. Come andmeet out loving dogs!   http://chicagolanddogrescue.org/featured-dogs/

Chicagoland Dog Rescue is a volunteer based, shelter-less rescue. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, socializing and placing homeless dogs into permanent homes – regardless of breed, size or age.  Phone: 847-259-6458
Saturday, October 22nd              11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mystic Market: Halloween Party & Adoption Event
Benefiting: Magnificent Mutts Rescue

Elmhurst Animal Care Center      850 S. Riverside Dr.    Elmhurst, IL, US

Mark your calendars for Mystic Market: Halloween Party & Adoption Event!
For an afternoon of relaxation and magic, visit the Mystic Market: Magnificent Mutts Fundraiser! Bring your furry friend along for costume contests for best dressed, pet photos, bake sale, raffles, giveaways and a variety of vendors including: handcrafted art, jewelry, essential oils and more! Event is free to attend. A $15 donation will get you (2) 15 minute sessions with a Card Reader, Handwriting Analyst, Massage Therapist, Reiki & Reflexology practioners. All proceeds go to Magnificent Mutts Rescue.  Visit
Saturday, October 22nd                                   11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Subaru’s 2nd Annual Pet Adoption Event Wright-Way Rescue Adoption Event

Wright-Way Rescue   5915 Lincoln Avenue     Morton Grove, IL 60053

Come join us! Adopt a pet, drop off donations or come by for free give aways! Wright-Way Rescue will be hosting the event for us this year! We would greatly apperciate if you RSVP for this event. We Can't wait to see you at Wright-Way Rescue!!!  All month we will be collecting donations for Wright-Way Rescue at our Subaru location.  http://wright-wayrescue.org/    See loving adoptables http://wright-wayrescue.org/pet-adoptions         
Saturday, October 22nd      11:00 am – 1:00 pm
REGAP Greyhound Meet n Greet

Northbrook PetSmart     291 Skokie Blvd.   Northbrook, IL   60062

Come out to meet our greyhounds! Join us with your greyhounds to help us promote REGAP greyhound adoption!   For more info, contact: Chris – cmag1641@yahoo.com
See our beauties looking for forever homes. http://regapgreyhounds.org/available-greys/

REGAP of Illinois, Inc. is a Chicagoland area/Central Illinois based non-profit adoption group. We adopt to homes in Illinois and certain areas of Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa. We are a 100% volunteer, 501c3 charitable organization. Our mission is to take in these magnificent dogs after they retire, to find loving forever homes for them and to inform the public that adopting a retired racing Greyhound is an excellent decision.

Greyhounds are loving, devoted pets who – contrary to popular belief – are obedient, intelligent, calm and relaxed dogs.  Events http://regapgreyhounds.org/calendars/
Saturday, October 22nd          12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Autumn Dog Training Class

BrushBow Kennels    0S639 Prince Crossing Rd.   West Chicago, IL

The Always Faithful Dog Training Dog Training class can provide you with the right knowledge to get your dog to follow your commands successfully. During the class, you will learn basic commands - Come, Sit, Down, Heel, and Stay - on leash. The class will be taught by the Pack Leader, Master Trainer, and Founder of Always Faithful Dog Training, Abraham. He is a service connected disabled Marine Corps Veteran who is a certified K-9 Handler.  For more info  and to reserve your spot, please call 331-222-3083 or e-mail packleader@alwaysfaithfuldogs.com http://www.dogobediencetraininggeneva.com/
                 Saturday, October 22nd                    12 noon - 4 pm each day
Treehouse Wildlife Center  Owl-tober Fest

TreeHouse Wildlife Center      23956 Green Acres Road    Dow, IL   62022

Spend a day (or two) at this wild animal rehabilitation center. Wildlife on display will include bald eagles, coyotes, hawks, falcons and owls. This festival also features pumpkin painting, a costume contest, trick-or-treating, games & crafts, artisan vendors, a bounce house, a bake sale & cake walk, Sam the Eagle from Liberty Bank, birds of prey photo opportunities, live entertainment, and food and refreshments.

Dr. Meyer’s teddy bear (and other stuffed animals) clinic will be held on Saturday from 1 pm to 3 pm. This your chance to see these animals live and up close and go behind the scenes to see house the center rescues them.  The event will be held on Sunday 12 noon-4 pm too! http://www.treehousewildlifecenter.com/
Sunday, October 22nd                                          12:00 noon-3:00 pm
'Peace for Pits' Pizza & Pitties At Kriser’s
Kriser’s – Streeterville  356 E. Ohio   Chicago, IL 60611

Please join us for a fun afternoon helping the Pits!  Be sure to stop by to meet some of our adorable adoptables, get free samples of treats and other great stuff! Pinstripes will be providing pizza for humans! Our mission is to save as many of these loving dogs from euthanasia as possible.

We are a 100% volunteer run organization, with every dog living in a wonderful foster home from the day it becomes a part of our rescue until the day they get adopted into an amazing forever home. All of our dogs get neutered or spayed, are given all state mandated vaccinations, are microchipped, and if needed, receive other major veterinary care such as surgery or treatments for diseases and infections. 
When a dog becomes a member of Peace for Pits, it becomes a member for life. We are here for continued support for each adopted dog. We stay in frequent contact with each and every adopter to assure they have all the knowledge and tools to care for their four legged family member. We do all of this to make sure each dog lives a life of PEACE. 
Websites.  www.peaceforpits.org                www.facebook.com/peaceforpitsrescue          Email               peaceforpitsrescue@gmail.com
Saturday, October 22nd                1:00pm   -2:00pm
HOWL-O-WEEN Pet Parade

Chalet Landscaping & Garden        3132 Lake Ave   Wilmette, IL 60091

See what everyone is talking about!  Join the fun at our Howl-o-ween Pet Parade, October 22nd.   Put your pooch in his best costume and parade him around for a chance to win a $50 Chalet Gift Card!  Prizes will be awarded for the following thoughtful categories: Most Creative     Most Humorous  Most Original     Best Dog & Owner Look-a-like/ Fun for everyone, more!

This year we're requesting a $5 registration fee that will be donated one of three very deserving pet rescues PLACING PAWS, PAWS UP 4 RESCUE and PAWS CHICAGO...you get to choose where your donation goes! http://www.chaletnursery.com/upcoming_events.php
Saturday, October 22nd                         1:00 pm-2:30 pm   
My Journey Into the Wilds of Chicago

The Morton Arboretum          4100 Illinois Route 53                  Lisle, IL 60532

Join professional nature photographer Mike MacDonald as he takes you on a virtual journey that celebrates the wonder and drama of the paradise known as “Chicago Wilderness.” His presentation is a celebration of the sublime and mysterious natural wonders that exist right next door. Don’t miss this inspirational talk, suitable for the whole family.   http://www.mortonarb.org/
Saturday, October 22nd                         1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
VIP Pet Care Clinic-Low Cost

VIP Community Clinic   2982 W Il Route 60     MUNDELEIN, IL 60060

VIP PetCare Community Veterinary Clinic offering: low cost vaccines, heartworm testing and prevention, and other preventative veterinary services including canine Rabies vaccines and micro-chipping. No appointment necessary, first-come, first-served.   For more information, visit www.VipPetCare.com  or contact the store. 847-566-5409
Saturday, October 22nd                2:00 pm -4:00 pm
                        MARS Adopt-A-Thon Event
Pet Supplies Plus      2821 W Kirby Ave            Champaign, IL 61821  217-366-9240

MARS is hosting an adoption event at the Pet Supplies Plus in Champaign, IL! This is where the animals in our program will be available for adoption. See our Loving pets who are waiting for their forever homes. Visit http://www.dogsfrommars.net/animals/

Midwest Animal Rescue Service of Illinois  Our shelter is located in southern Illinois, just outside of Carbondale, IL, home of Southern Illinois University.  Pls learn much more.  http://www.dogsfrommars.net/info/index
Saturday, October 22nd                  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Vegan Chicago- 1st Starlings: Spooooky Hallowe'en potluck and Costume Swap

Location-Members access on Website
Please join us for our first Starling Halloween potluck. Bring a vegan dish to share. Post your dish when you rsvp to avoid duplicates or too many sweets. Kids and adults are encouraged to dress up. Goodie bags will be given to the wee ones. Lastly we are doing a costume swap so bring your gently used costumes if you'd like. We are the oldest and one of the largest vegan-focused meetup group in the world!  We are Chicago's vegan support group that provides connections and resources for being vegan in Chicago.

Besides being a play on our logo, Vegan Chicago Starlings is an ongoing series of family-friendly activities open to all of the VC family:  Kids, parents, aunts/uncles, and the young at heart.  
We welcome anybody regardless of how "vegan" you are. We recognize the "practical" part of being vegan with an eye on the larger prize. No judging here so we have a Code of Conduct policy in place to ensure everybody has a great time. We are also unique in that we have a science-positive mission motivated by an ethical point of view.  Visit
Saturday, October 22nd                                  6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Tree House Feral Black Cat Ball
Moonlight Studios       1446 W Kinzie       Chicago, IL 60642     (312) 618-5154

Step into the Spotlight and celebrate our 45th Anniversary of Tree House. Get your tickets now!  Visit website or call us. Tree House is a humane organization that promotes the inherent value of every animal and strives to educate the public about proper and responsible animal care, with a focus on the care and placement of stray cats with special physical and emotional needs. We are committed to finding every healthy and treatable animal a home and to helping lead the way to a No-Kill nation.  Adopt http://www.treehouseanimals.org/site/PageServer?pagename=adopt

Since its founding, Tree House has created innovative and progressive approaches to animal welfare that not only enhance the lives of companion animals in our community, but also bring a greater awareness of animal welfare issues to the general public.
Contact http://www.treehouseanimals.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_directory
Saturday, October 22nd                6:00 pm til
Chicago Veg Vegan Mexican Buffet

Quesadilla La Reina Del Sur     1418 W. Howard St.    Chicago, IL  60626
Phone (773) 381-8011

Come support the expansion of all-vegetarian Quesadilla La Reina Del Sur and enjoy a special discount offered to ChicagoVeg members!  Normally the restaurant serves from the menu but for us the food will be served buffet style. All dishes will be vegan. 

ChicagoVeg is the largest Chicagoland community for vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodists to socialize and meet like-minded people. We organize a range of fun activities and educational events in the city and the suburbs. Whether you are vegan or not vegan, we welcome everyone who is interested in a vegan/vegetarian/raw lifestyle for any reason. http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/events/234657529/
Saturday, October 22nd                     6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Nightmare on Chicago St. w/ Anderson Animal Shelter

Elgin Chamber Office    31 S Grove Ave    Elgin, IL   60120 (847) 741-5660

The Elgin Area Chamber is your home for Nightmare on Chicago Street tickets. Tickets are only $12 each and will be available for sale during normal business hours at the Chamber office, 31 S. Grove Avenue. Tickets are limited. The Zombie Apocolypse is coming and loving adoptables too!

Anderson Animal Shelter is present at many events throughout the community.  Please stop by and see us.  Check back often on our website , as we are always adding new events! Please stop by our shelter to see our loving dogs and cats! To volunteer at any of our community outreach events visit http://www.andersonanimalshelter.org/adopt
Saturday, October 22nd                         6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Nature Tales at Armour Square w/ Scenes Velveteen Rabbit

Armour Square Park   3309 S Shields Ave  Chicago, IL 60616  (312) 747-6012

Nature Performs is a show that uses the park to illuminate the beauty of nature through dance, theatre, poetry and music. Dances are inspired by composers who are inspired by nature including Vivaldi and Bach, with poetry by A.A. Milne, T.S. Eliot and Carl Sandburg, and scenes from Velveteen Rabbit.   Visit  http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/Nature-Tales-at-Armour-Square1/
Saturday, October 22nd                            8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Lake County Forest Preserves Halloween Hikes

Lake County Forest Preserves - Heron Creek      1899 West Winchester Road        Libertyville, IL 60048

Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider.  Bring your family to this long standing tradition at Ryerson Woods and enjoy an evening on a guided walk along a candlelit trail. The hour-long hike makes stops along the trail to watch nature-themed skits. At the end of the hike you will be treated to cider and donuts in front of a fire in a log cabin. This program isn't scary, so even preschoolers will have fun.  90 minute event. One hour hikes begin every 30 minutes from 6–8 pm. Total distance walked is about 1.5 miles.  For updates outside of normal business hours, call 847–968–3113.  Dress for outdoor weather.  Use main entrance and follow signs.    Visit http://www.lcfpd.org/calendar/
Sunday, October 23rd                        10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Peace for Pits @ Scarce Green Fair

DuPage County Fair Grounds     2015 Manchester Rd        Wheaton, IL 60187

Come learn about safe, natural environmental practices, purchase eco-goods and services. See live entertainment, eat good food, and there’s even activities for the kids!

Be sure to stop by The Oasis for Natural Healing’s booth. Check out their all natural, holistic health services! If you sign up at the event, you will receive an initial consultation for $30, that’s over a $200 savings! Also, The Oasis for Natural Healing will donate $20 for each initial consultation appointment made at the event!

What a great way to start feeling better naturally, and help out pits that are in need of help through Peace for Pits! 630-545-9710    info@scarce.org     Website:   www.scarce.org    For more info on this event https://peaceforpits.org/event/scarce-green-fair/
See beauties for adoptions! https://peaceforpits.org/adoptables-page-1/
Sunday, October 23rd                             10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Locktoberfest Weekend at Lockwood Park

Lockwood Park           5201 Safford Rd             Rockford, IL 61101

A different theme each weekend. Low-fee and free activities, admission to the park is FREE. Free parking! Activities include: Pick Your Pumpkin for $5 (while supplies last), carnival rides, corn maze, storytime hayrides, pony ring rides, pumpkin themed games and activities, scavenger hunt, seasonal food favorites, and more! All programs and activities are weather-dependent, and subject to change;  For event details and current updates, visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/locktoberfest, or call Lockwood Park at 815-987-8809. t Lockwood Park has 15 miles of scenic trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding.   Beautiful wooded park with trails for hiking, biking & horseback riding, plus playgrounds & picnic areas.  http://business.oakleesguide.com/events
Sunday, October 23rd                         10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Just Animals Shelter LowCost Wellness Clinic & Adoptions

Lopears Poochie Playground    5406 W Farmington Rd, Peoria, IL 61604,

Just Animals is bringing affordable basic care to the surrounding communities. The clinics offer several basic vaccines including rabies vaccines, heartworm tests and preventative for dogs, flea and tick preventative, FIV/FELV tests for cats, microchipping, deworming, and basic exams.

Every clinic helps 80-100 animals and their wonderful caretakers. In this economy we need to help all the dogs and cats we can! We are so happy to be part of the solution to the high costs pet parents encounter.  Visit http://www.justanimals.org/
Sunday, October 23rd                                11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Howl-O-Ween Party & Adoption Event!
Benefiting: Peace for Pits, Animal Rescue Found

Wheaton Animal Hospital     266 Roosevelt Rd.     Glen Ellyn, IL   60137

Trick or treat at Wheaton Animal Hospital for family and pet friendly activities including: costume contests for best dressed, pet photos, food, raffles, giveaways and more! Local rescues will be on hand with adoptable animals! When: Sunday, October 23rd 11AM - 2PM  www.wheatonanimalhospital.com
Sunday, October 23rd                                                 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
Chicago Pet Rescue Halloween Special Event

Phil's Pizza d'oro Restaurant   5800 N. Milwaukee       Chicago, IL 60646

Because we're a foster-based rescue organization without a central shelter, we're often out in the community introducing our rescued animals at various adoption events.  We also host a variety of special events such as parties and other fundraisers. 

You can help at one of our events by:   -handing out flyers   -inviting people to visit our website       -answering questions about the rescue   -recruiting volunteers and foster homes  -accepting donations  Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the homeless, needy animals of the community by providing the following services see on our website : http://www.chicagopetrescue.org/
Sunday, October 23rd                 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
New Leash on Life's 'Kooky & Ooky Family Reunion'

Jack & Ginger's                2048 West Armitage Avenue              Chicago, IL 60647

It's time for New Leash on Life's Kooky & Ooky Family Reunion and Halloween Party! This is a chance to celebrate all our alumni pups, their wonderful families, and our amazing volunteers.  The spook-tacular day will include a pet costume contest (oh we know you love dressing up your fur babies), fun human games, delicious Halloween appetizers, drink specials, a raffle and much more. Come join us for a fun-filled day of dogs, family, and Halloween fun! Kids and families are welcome.

New Leash on Life Chicago is an entirely volunteer-run, nonprofit organization committed to finding loving homes for shelter dogs who might otherwise be euthanized.  Visit 
                 Sunday, October 23rd                       12:00 noon-4:00 pm
Veterinary Special Center 2nd  Annual Open House w/
Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus

Veterinary Special Center     1515 Busch Parkway        Buffalo Grove, IL  60089

Doberman Rescue+ strives to find forever homes for animals in need. We don't have a central kennel facility, but dozens of foster parents across the Midwest volunteer their time and homes. IDR+ is an all-volunteer organization that has found loving homes for over 4,000 dogs (and 750 cats!) in the past 10 years.   IDR+ operates as a not-for-profit organization based in Northern Illinois. The goal of Doberman Rescue is to rescue Dobermans in need, to place them into responsible homes, and to educate the public about the Doberman breed. Our Rescue Dobermans come from animal control organizations, humane societies, and owner give-up situations within Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. https://www.facebook.com/ildoberescue/?fref=nf
Sunday, October 23rd                                             12:00 noon -      3:00 pm 
Almost Home Foundation Cat Adoptions

Petsmart         162 Gary Avenue       Bloomingdale, IL  60108   (630) 307-8833

Meet the cats looking for a forever home. Almost Home  is an all volunteer, registered, not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned animals from Elk Grove Village, Addison, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Barrington, Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Inverness, Wood Dale, Elgin and it's surrounding areas.

“You Can’t Buy Love But You Can Rescue It” Almost Home Foundation 2017 Calendar is now ready for purchase.
Every month has a beautiful picture of loving dogs and cats to remind you of their deep devotion to making you happy.
The calendar would make a great holiday gift. Purchase on line or at Bloomingdale Petsmart every Saturday at the adoption show.
We also save animals from high Kill Shelters throughout the state of Illinois and other states. All of your donations are tax deductible and are used for the animals. There are no paid members of our organization. http://www.almosthomefoundation.org/
Sunday October 23rd                        12 noon-4:00 pm
Animal Protective League (APL) Cat Adoptions

Petsmart      3183 S Veterans Pkwy        Springfield, IL 62704  (217) 698-3091

Adoptable cats will be available from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. All animals from APL have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoptions. (217) 698-3091  If you are over the age of 60, inquire about our Pets for the Elderly program.
APL develops programs, participates in many events and offers services of benefit to our community. Visit our Community Programs pages, as well as our Upcoming Events Calendar.
Sunday, October 23rd                                   1:00 pm -4:00 pm
St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines Adoption Day

Petco   199 Illinois 83         Elmhurst, IL, 60126          630-782-0648

St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines is a non-profit foster-based cat rescue in Addison, IL. Established in late 2010, St. Sophia’s strives to be the best in temporary care for cats in transition. What does this mean? It means that the cats in our care aren’t intended to stay in our care. Our hope is a forever home for every adoptable cat — no more homeless cats!
Visit http://stsff.org/
Sunday, October 23rd                            1:30pm - 4:30pm
Greyhounds Only Meet n Greet

PAWS - Chicago       1997 N. Clybourn          Chicago IL  60614

The PAWS meet 'n greet takes place on the 4TH SUNDAY of each month. We will always have several adoptable greyhounds from the Chicago kennels ready to meet you! The mission of Greyhounds Only is to place retired racing and at-risk greyhounds into responsible, loving homes, to educate the public about the greyhound breed, to provide access to high-quality medical care and to collaborate with others who share our common goals.      http://www.greyhoundsonly.com/hounds/adoption/adoptable-hounds

Greyhounds Only is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit greyhound rescue and adoption group based in Northeastern Illinois. We take in retired racing greyhounds from all over the country and find them good homes. We serve Chicago, the Chicagoland area, and the Northeastern corner of Illinois.  Greyhounds O nly, Inc.
335 E. Geneva Rd. #173   Carol Stream, IL 60188            Phone 847-421-9828
Sunday,  October 23rd                    4:00 pm - 7:00pm
Pumpkin Flotilla Fest 2016
Lake Ellyn Park          645 Lenox Road            Glen Ellyn, IL 60137  (630) 858-2462

Enjoy free pumpkin carving demonstrations, live entertainment, activities, pumpkin recipe competition, and of course, we’ll end the evening with our inaugural lit pumpkin flotilla on the lake at dusk!    http://gepark.org/

Come out to our inaugural Pumpkin Flotilla Fest at Lake Ellyn Park! Enjoy free music, entertainment, pumpkin carving demonstrations, pumpkin recipe competition, arts, and crafts. Inflatables and trackless train rides will be available with the purchase of a $2 wristband. The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn will also be selling food and beverages in the newly renovated Lake Ellyn Boathouse. We’ll end the evening with our lit pumpkin flotilla on the lake at dusk! If you would like to submit your carved pumpkin to be part of the flotilla, or submit a pumpkin recipe (with a sample to be judged), please register online.
Sunday, October 23rd                                    7:00 pm-
"Real Ghost Stories! In the Cemetery!"

Espenschied Chapel     317 N County Rd, Mascoutah, IL 62258  (618) 566-7425

Luke Naliborski, author, Alton Hauntings Tour guide, and Mascoutah resident returns to the Espenschied Chapel with tales of the supernatural and first-hand encounters from his latest book, "Ghosts Never Say Boo." His frightening stories of encounters with ghosts and hauntings leave guests with cold chills and stories that may make you want to leave the lights on after dark!  $5   Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the Mascoutah Public Library (and at the door if any are left).
And tickets are also available at Luke's shop, "I Had That" located inside Collectors Corner, 2045 West Highway 50, Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Horse Rescues in Illinois
Illinois Parrot Rescue
To help birds find forever homes. Illinois Parrot Rescue is a nonprofit rescue set up to help birds find new homes.  331-444-9934   Emailparrotrescue@indoorsummits.com
Visit https://www.facebook.com/IllinoisParrotRescue
Metro East Humane Society
VERY Low Cost Spay Neuter for Low Income Residents

Metro East Humane Society    8495 State Route 143   Edwardsville, IL 62025
Low-Income Residents Eligible for Spay/Neuter Services at MEHS.  Subsidized by State of Illinois' Department of Human Services.  Cost is $15 per animal.  Both dogs and cats, 5 years of age or younger and under 65 pounds. Anyone interested in participating MUST fill out an application and provide appropriate documentation. Click HERE for application.  Once application is complete call 618-656-4405 for appointment.   http://www.mehs.org/
Ongoing-- Schedule an appt today.
Spay Illinois!
We promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals.

Spay Illinois     2765 Maple Ave.       Lisle, IL 60532            877-475-7729
SPAY ILLINOIS began in 2009 when the national organization, SPAY USA, asked us to create a state program in Illinois that would help bring affordable spay/neuter to all Illinois residents. We began our journey by starting low cost pet vaccine clinics that traveled around Illinois. This gave us the opportunity to talk to people about the importance of spay/neuter. We then began partnering with veterinarians, low cost spay/neuter clinics, and held transport programs to help people get their pets spayed/neutered at an affordable price. Read more and see all the wonderful programs and opps to help your pets affordably.  http://www.spayillinois.org/about-us/
MidAmerica Service Dogs' Foundation
Changing People's Lives 4 Paws at a Time

MidAmerica Service Dogs     3 Grant Sq # 354     Hinsdale, Illinois 60521

MidAmerica Service Dogs' Foundation, Inc. provides service dogs to children and adults with mobility disabilities free of charge. MidAmerica Service Dogs' Foundation, Inc. is an Illinois non for profit 501 (c)(3) corporation serving the Chicago Metropolitan and Suburban Areas.  Donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.  630-272-8159 for more info.Apply for a dog free of charge. Learn more. http://www.midamericadogsfoundation.org/
Also facebook https://www.facebook.com/midamericaservicedogs
Canine Therapy Corps Animal-Assisted Therapy

Canine Therapy Corps    1700 W. Irving Park Rd.  Suite 311    Chicago, IL 60613
Our programs serve a wide variety of populations.  ANINE THERAPY CORPS provides interactive, animal-assisted therapy programs to a wide variety of populations. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a goal-directed intervention in which a trained, certified animal (CANINE THERAPY CORPS only uses dogs in its programs) is an integral part of the rehabilitation or treatment process. 

Provided by a handler in a program, and developed with or by health care and human services professionals, AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, emotional and cognitive functions.  See all the places we visit and contact us to become involved!   http://www.caninetherapycorps.org/
Chicago Animal Care & Control Volunteer Program
Become a Volunteer!

CACC’s Shelter     2741 S. Western Ave               Chicago, IL 60608  Dial 311

Volunteer Information: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cacc

If you love animals, we need you!  If you want to spend time working directly with animals, you would be a great Adoption Volunteer.
Lost Pet Volunteers are needed to experience the incredible joy in reuniting a lost pet with its owner.
As an Adoption Screening Volunteer you would educate the public about being a responsible pet owner.
A Customer Service Volunteer would escort the public through the facility, answer phones, update our database, various mailings and assist at special events.
Finally, a Volunteer Veterinarian, must be currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Illinois.
Interested candidate should be available to volunteer between the hours of 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
To become a Volunteer at Animal Care and Control you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age      Complete the City of Chicago Fingerprint/Background check  -Complete Animal Care & Control's volunteer orientation program
-Certify that you have had a tetnus shot in the last five years
Facility Description:
   A 54,000 square foot building which houses over 500 animals in separate kennels with     a fully equipped medical division to care for the animals
   A command center for Animal Control Officers with a fleet of 18 trucks
   Animal intake from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., 365 days a year, (After hours, please call 311)
   The Animobile van for off-site adoptions and vaccine clinics
   Offices for the Executive Director and management staff.
Pls visit www.adoptchicago.org
Ongoing                                Call for a demonstration!
North Central Search and Rescue Dogs of Illinois

North Central Search and Rescue    1417 Chestnut Court   Yorkville, IL 60560

Pls visit http://www.ncsar.org/
North Central Search and Rescue is a fully volunteer organization which is dedicated to providing professionally trained K-9 search and rescue teams.
Our services are provided to aid qualified agencies, such as police and fire departments.
Our services are used to assist in:: -Tracking/Trailing            -Open area searches for lost person(s)  -Remains/Cadaver detection       -Evidence Recovery    -Building Searches
-Disaster SearchesOur teams and services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to any civil service department in the Midwest.   We are also available for immediate and special circumstances, and willing to travel to any part in the United States and abroad.  
NCSAR is available for demonstrations upon request.
Pet Food Pantries
Pet food pantries and banks are available throughout the city. If you’re enduring a financial hardship and are finding it difficult to afford your pet’s food, please reach out to one of the following organizations.   http://www.onetail.org/pet-food-pantries/

Treehouse Humane Society   1212 W. Carmen Ave.   1629 N. Ashland Ave.    Chicago, IL    Tel: (773) 784-5488Red Door Animal Shelter     2410 W. Lunt Ave.   Chicago, IL   (773) 764-2242
3516 W. 26th St.       Chicago, IL     (773) 475-9426  Animal Welfare League      6224 S. Wabash Avenue   Chicago, IL   (773) 667-0088  Paws Chicago Pet Food Bank     3516 W. 26th St.   Chicago, IL   (773) 475-9426 Pets Are Like Family   *   Wet Nose Food Pantry  *   Young at Heart Pet Food Pantry
Sunday, October 23rd                      6:00 pm-7:00 pm local time
A Prayer for the Animals
  ~An Official Illinois Week for the Animals event~

We close all AW USA International Weeks for the Animals with a prayer and/or moment of reflection. Join all those of us who would like to observe a moment of prayer for the precious animals. We are requesting prayers and/or meditation from 6-7 pm local time on This is a multi-faith observance.

We can offer prayers, poems and memorials to our animal or all animals wherever we are..... and also light a candle by doing so, if possible.
Wherever you are, if you can observe a moment for the animals who need us. That collective energy will surely grow and bring light to our cause to love, assist and help them from any and all suffering. For poems or additional inspiration, please visit http://www.animalworldusa.org/Inspiration.html
Monday, October 24th                           1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Second Sense Discussion Series: Working Through the Challenges of Vision Loss

Second Sense                65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1010         Chicago, IL 60601

Each month we offer a thought provoking topic to help you explore the many issues you face as a person with vision loss. The topics help you delve into the emotional and practical aspects of adjusting to a new way of living. Polly Abbott, Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, leads the discussion and shares ideas and strategies for tackling the challenges you are facing.

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Illinois Week for the Animals is for Everyone!
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