PAWS Chicago Beach Party: Tail wagging fun for one and all!

PAWS Chicago, the city's largest No Kill humane organization, hosted its 15th Annual Beach Party on July 20 at Castaways on North Avenue Beach. This year's sold-out event raised over $325,000 and had more than 500 people and 100 dogs in attendance. The summer gala raised awareness about the life-saving work PAWS Chicago is doing to end the killing of homeless dogs and cats.

Emceed by country radio Hall of Famer Lisa Dent, the party was co-chaired by Dr. Tony Kremer and Michele Mistovich. The Pet Host Committee was comprised of 77 dogs and cats, including Cosmo Crown, Tramp Tullman, and Taco Marchetti, whose sponsorships helped underwrite the expenses. The party was presented by Old Town Animal Care Center.

“Helping homeless pets is an integral part of what Old Town Animal Care Center is about, so partnering with PAWS Chicago, the most effective No Kill humane organization in the city made perfect sense,” said Beach Party presenting sponsor and co-chair, Dr. Tony Kremer, Owner of Old Town Animal Care Center.

PAWS Chicago is working to build a No Kill community through its free spay/neuter program in underserved neighborhoods and through its comprehensive adoption program, taking in homeless animals, providing them with all necessary medical care and uniting them with new families.  PAWS Chicago receives no government funding and relies exclusively on the generosity of its donors and the success of events like these to continue and further its work.

Lucky pups in attendance indulged in a doggie buffet provided by PAWS Chicago’s exclusive feeding partner Merrick Pet Care, and were treated to pampered treatments at the Paradise 4 Paws “Dog Spa”, complete with animal paw-di-cures and splash pools. Some even danced the night away on the deck of Castaways. Their human counterparts enjoyed a beachfront dinner buffet, photo booth, caricature artist, and a one-of-a-kind live and silent auction.

Homeless dogs were available for adoption that evening, including Munchkin, a 9-year-old Chihuahua that was given up after her owner passed away. Munchkin required medical attention upon her arrival at PAWS Chicago, including a full mouth dental extraction and treatment for an upper respiratory infection. Also in attendance that evening was Magellan, a four-month-old Yorkshire Terrier mix. He was found abandoned on the streets of Chicago at a young age but his luck changed when he found a loving home at Beach Party

That Sunday, 57 pets also found forever homes at PAWS Adoption Center at 1997 N. Clybourn.  Happy "endings" all around! Arf! Arf! (Photos by Sparenga Photography)

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