If you’re heading out to the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton this weekend, you may just meet your new best friend. For the third year in a row, the fair is hosting a dog adoption event. The goal is to build awareness about all the pets needing homes and to hopefully connect dogs needing rescue with possibly families.
“After a board meeting a couple of years ago, Jim McGuire and I were commiserating about having to put our dogs down,” says Carey Peterson, a DuPage County Board member and organizer of the event. “We had both decided to rescue and had been researching dogs on Petfinder. We were amazed at the number of homeless dogs out there that just needed a second chance and thought the fair would be a great place to showcase them.”
She started contacting local rescues and three years ago, the first groups came out to the DuPage County Fair. The dogs are set up at a quiet area near the gate and it’s a great place to show case the adoption groups looking at rehoming dogs.
“I’m excited that we have two bully breed groups at the fair this year – Bombshell Bullies and It’s a Pittie Rescue,” adds Peterson. “Pit bulls are so misunderstood and the fair has been such a great venue to show case the dogs and build awareness. Once people get to meet and pet the dogs, it opens up a lot of discussion and positive education for the breed.”
The DuPage County Fair opens today. The adoption area will be located just west of the Commercial/Exhibition building by the entry gate and the goal is to adopt out 25 dogs during the five days. Here’s a look a the rescues participating.
- Today (Wednesday) – Bombshell Bullies on hand from 2 to 5 p.m. (they may extend their stay into the evening).
- Thursday - There are no adoption groups scheduled for the DuPage County Fair.
- Friday – DuPage County Animal Care and Control will be on hand from 2 to 5 p.m. and It’s a Pittie Rescue from 5 to 9 p.m.
- Saturday – Cry for Help Rescue from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and the Illinois Birddog Rescue from 3 to 9 p.m.
- Sunday – PACT Humane Society will be there from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. if not longer.
“We did have a shortage of rescues this year and I’d love to start talking to groups now about next year's DuPage County Fair,” adds Peterson. You may reach out to her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each adopting family will receive a gift card from event sponsor Dog Patch Pet and Feed in Naperville to use in their store.
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