There are lots of fun events on tap this weekend to help the animals from rummage sales to adoption events to pet first aid classes and more. Here are the details.
Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29
Stop by Tree House Humane Society on Saturday and Sunday for the big rummage sale. Donations are currently being accepted. The rummage sale will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days at the shelters headquarters at 1212 West Carmen. Best deals are at 3 p.m. Sunday. Buy a bag for $5 and you get to keep whatever fits in your bag.
Saturday, April 28
It’s spay and neuter day at the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League at 11 John Street in North Aurora. Call for an appointment for your dog or cat. Surgeries are free for those on public assistance and costs are reduced for everyone else. Call the clinic for an appointment at (630) 800-2254.
Stop by Wiggly Field in Reed-Kepler Park in West Chicago is the place to be this weekend for the Bark Bash from 9 a.m. until noon. The permit only park officially opens for the season on May 1 and this is your chance to come and renew your permits and check things out. Learn more online.
Young at Heart Pet Rescue’s Annual Garage Sale will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Bloomfield Hills Subdivision at 306 Orchard in Bloomingdale. Donations are currently being accepted at that address (leave donations on the porch). Large furniture or appliances, clothing (accept infant), shoes or recalled items will not be accepted.
Pets Are Like Family will hold its first Pet Care 101 Workshop starting at 10 a.m. at Kusciusko Park, 2732 N. Avers in the Logan Square neighborhood. Pet professionals will be on hand to talk about choosing a pet, caring for and training your pet, when to take your pet to the vet and where to find free food and supplies. Training will be in English and Spanish and there will be a free booklet available at the end of the session.
It’s time for another Mutts and Mimosas event at Chicago Party Animals at 1133 West Fulton Market. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., CPA will be holding their adoption event featuring special needs dogs from Second Hand Snoots, Chicago Pit Stop Rescue and Illinois Animal Welfare Networking Association. Enjoy a few mimosas while your pooch has some off-leash fun and check out some great dogs needing homes (and the organizations that rescued them). Learn more here.
Join Rescue ME Clifford for an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Urban Pooch Canine Life Center at 4501 N. Ravenswood Avenue in Chicago. Joine Arlo, Comet and other dogs looking for a home.
Kriser’s at 1658 North Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown will hold an adoption outreach event for Tree House Humane Society from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteer from Tree House will be on hand with cats looking for a home. Stop by to meet the adoptable kitties and learn more about the organization.
Learn what to watch for in a pet emergency from Cindy Zaban of Heartworks CPR at Central Bark Doggy Daycare at 3358 N. Pulaski from noon until 2 p.m. This hands-on pet first aid class will focus on life saving emergency techniques, transportation and will also cover how to do CPR on life-sized mannequins. The class is $60 per person and reservations are required.
Sunday, April 29
A pet emergency preparedness/CPR class will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Chicago Party Animals at 1133 West Fulton Avenue. This class is taught by a certified pet first aid instructors and is great for pet owners and pet care professionals. Cost is $60 per person with advance registration online. Cost includes a book and a certification card upon successful completion.
The West Suburban Chapter of The Puppy Mill Project will be holding an informational protest in front of the Baker’s Square on the East side of Route 59 (between Ogden and Aurora Avenue) from 1 to 3 p.m. This is near locations for Petland and Furry Babies. Kid and dog friendly protest and signs will be provided.
Stop by Chicago Party Animals at 1133 West Fulton Market for the Must Love Pugs event from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will be raising funds for the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue (NIPRA) and is sponsored by CPA and the Chicago Pug Meetup Group. Admission is $10 per person and includes Pizza donated by Kramer’s Pet Sitting, massages from Tonic Touch Chicago and Canine Beloved Massage, and a demonstration focusing on dog allergies from Dr. Steve from Healthy Goo. RSVP online.
Chicago Pet Rescue will hold a Cosmic Bowling Benefit from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Brunswick Zone at 7333 Milwaukee Avenue in Niles. Tickets are $20 per adult and $10 per child and include bowling, shoe rental, homemade snacks and desserts. There will also be a silent auction.
It’s Mew and View night at Tree House in Bucktown at 1629 North Ashland starting at 7:30. Come to see a viewing of “The Last Unicorn” (rated G). Light refreshments, free blankets for snuggling and plenty of cats needing laps. The suggested donation is $5. Call 773-227-5535 extension 2 for details.
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