Chicago pet events through September 14

Enjoy a fall weekend at a lot of great Chicago pet events that promote and support pet rescue. Morton Arboretum holds their Tails on the Trails, Clearbrook is Raising the Woof, and WAGS is Painting their pets (or yours). There are also more fun events and pet store protests. Here's a look at events for the weekend.

Saturday, September 13

Lisle – It’s that one day a year dogs are allowed to hang and have fun at the Morton Arboretum at 4100 Route 43 for Tails on the Trails from 7 am to 7 pm. Stop by for a nice walk with your pup and to check out pet vendors. Admission is $5 for dogs and non-members pay $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $9 for youth.

Raise the WoofMount Prospect – It’s time to Raise the Woof for Clearbrook from 9 to 1 pm at Melas Park at 1500 West Central Road. This fun pet festival features pets up for adoption, pet vendors, a puppy kissing booth, 2K walk and more. The event is free and kid- and dog-friendly – but there are fees for some events. Clearbrook provides programs for people of all ages with disabilities. Learn more and register here.

Rockford – Join the Stateline chapter of The Puppy Mill Project at CherryVale Mall at 7200 Harrison for a peaceful protest of Furry Babies and Petland. The group will be standing along the entrance across from Menards. Park by Bergners. Signs will be provided at this peaceful protest that is aimed to educate about the connection between puppy mills and pet stores.

Tinley Park – It’s a Pittie Rescue will hold an adoption event at PetSmart at 7340 West 191st Street from 11 am to 3 pm. Meet the adoptable dogs and if you find your new best friend, fill out an application (It’s a Pittie doesn’t do on site adoptions).

Paint your pet in Waukegan.

Paint your pet in Waukegan.

Waukegan – Waukegan Animals Getting Saved (WAGS) hosts a Paint Your Pet Art Class and Buffet Dinner to benefit the work they do with animal control rescues. The event runs from 4 to 8 pm at the Dandelion Gallery at 109 S Genesee Street. Enjoy an art class and then retire to the deck for a great all you can eat buffet. Go online to register – Dinner only is $20, Class only is $30 and you can do both for $40.

Saturday, September 13

Bristol, Wi – Shel-Ray Pet Shalet’s Fifth Annual Pet Fair will run from 10 am to 2 pm to raise money for Kenosha County’s K-9 Unit. This kid- and pet-friendly event is $2 for adults (kids and pets free) and will have a vaccination and microchip clinic from Prairie Side Veterinary Hospital, rescue booths and pet vendors.

Chicago – Parker’s, a Natural Dog and Cat Market at 1340-1342 East 55th Street will celebrate their 7th Anniversary with a fun day at their store. Stop by from 10 am to 6 pm.

Naperville protest

Another protest is slated at the new Happiness is Pets in Naperville.

Naperville – Join The Puppy Mill Project as they hold a peaceful protest outside the new Happiness is Pets at Naperville Crossing at 2936 Showplace Drive from noon to 2 pm. This is a pet- and family-friendly protest with signs provided by TPMP. Educate about the connection between pet stores and puppy mills. Learn more about Naperville's puppy mill debate here.

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