Cinco de Mayo goes to the dogs (and cats)

Cinco de Snoots

Cinco de Snoots

Cinco de Mayo is quickly becoming one of my favorite holidays as a pet lover. Several Chicago-area pet rescue organizations have taken this fiesta of fun to a whole new level with cool twists on Cinco de Mayo -  from Cinco de Bow Wow to Cinco de Snoots to Cinco de Meow.

As luck would have it this year, the events are spread out over two days. You can hit them all and support three great rescues (as long as you have a designated driver). You can also do a little CInco de Shopping before it’s all over.

Cinco de Bow Wow

The first pet event of Cinco de Mayo is Wright-Way Rescue's Cinco de Bow Wow.

The first pet event of Cinco de Mayo is Wright-Way Rescue's Cinco de Bow Wow.

Wright-Way Rescue’s Cinco de Bow Wow is an event loaded with four-legged fun on Saturday, May 4. The pet-friendly party runs from 3 to 6 p.m. at Wrightwood Tap at 1059 Wrightwood in Chicago with drinks, appetizers, a raffle and pet costume contest. Wright-Way Rescue pulls dogs and cats from high kill animal controls in Southern Illinois and elsewhere to give these animals a second chance at a happy ending. Tickets are $35 in advance and may be purchased online. You must be 21 to attend.

Cinco de Snoots

Cinco de Snoots features great raffle prizes and the Dog Saving Network, supporting Second Hand Snoots.

Cinco de Snoots features great raffle prizes and the Dog Saving Network, supporting Second Hand Snoots.

Secondhand Snoots Rescue celebrates their third anniversary with their Second Annual Cinco de Snoots at Chicago Party Animals at 1133 West Fulton Market in Chicago on Saturday, May 4 from 5 to 9 p.m.. Along with great raffle prizes, food and more, The Dog Saving Network will be on hand with their crew of talented rescue dogs to put on a show.

There are some really fun family-friendly silent auction items that include four one-day Park Hopper passes for Disney; admission for four people to 3639 Wrigley Rooftop for a Cubs game; Gift cards for Rosebud Restaurants and a family admission for six to the Brookfield Zoo (includes carousel, Hamill Family Zoo and one parking pass).

Kramer’s Pet Sitting Service and Morton Grove Animal Hospital are sponsors for this event. Secondhand Snoots Rescue specializes in rescuing special needs pets – blind, deaf and some with other issues like paralysis. This is a fun party to connect with this cool organization and see a little more of what they do. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Dog-friendly, social dogs are $8 unless they are Snoots alums and they get in free. Ticket details are here.

Cinco de Meow

Felines & Canines hosts Cinco de Meow to wrap up the Cinco de Mayo parties.

Felines & Canines hosts Cinco de Meow to wrap up the Cinco de Mayo parties.

Yes, the cats do have their day this weekend with Cinco de Meow supporting Felines & Canines on Sunday, May 5 at Trader Todd’s at 3216 North Sheffield in Chicago. Cinco de Meow runs from noon until 2 p.m. and features Karaoke, trivia contest fajitas, gazpacho, chips & salsa and key lime pie. Tickets are just  $20 in advance and $25 at the door includes 3 drink tickets.

Felines & Canines recently moved into their remodeled and expanded shelter at 6379 N. Paulina Street. Although their original mission was to rescue Chicago’s homeless cats, they’ve been rescuing dogs now for over a year too (and became Felines & Canines). They’ve been operating as a no-kill organization since 1977.

Cinco de Shopping

OK – It’s not really called Cinco de Shopping, but I couldn’t resist and the Mega-Garage Sales at Chicago Party Animals at 1133 West Fulton Market are too much fun to miss. And, they support eight rescue or animal-focused organizations. The Mega-Garage sale is Sunday, May 5 from noon until 5 p.m.

At the end of the weekend, wrap up Cinco de Mayo with shopping.

At the end of the weekend, wrap up Cinco de Mayo with shopping.

Here’s the deal – eight organizations have booths of their gear, pet stuff and garage sale type items. It costs just $5 to get in (first 25 get a goody bag) and you can shop to your hearts content. All proceeds for the day – refreshments, entry fee and sales – go to the participating groups.

The eight groups are – A Dog’s Day Rescue, Bow Wow Revolution, Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue, Famous Fido, Lulu’s Locker, One Tail At A Time, Pets Are Like Family and Secondhand Snoots. The event is being hosted by Alicia Obando of Pets Are Like Family and Tracey Gold, Chicago’s Canine Concierge.

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