Mid-October is a great time to hit the park for a fun afternoon with your dog. On Sunday, October 19th you can support the fight against puppy mills at The Puppy Mill Project’s Petwalk – Miles for the Mothers in the Mills – at the Grand Pavilion at Naperville’s Riverwalk (far west end). The family- and dog-friendly event has something for everyone, including an adoption event.
The spotlight has been shining brightly on Naperville the past several months as the puppy mill/pet store debate has been front and center. Miles for the Mothers in the Mills is a great opportunity to learn more about the puppy mill/pet store connection and to support the work being done by The Puppy Mill Project.
“We are excited to hold our Miles for the Mothers in the Mills in Naperville to have another opportunity to meet with pet lovers in the community and build support in our fight against puppy mills,” says Cari Meyers, founder of the organization. “Pet lovers in Naperville have been so supportive of the efforts of Dog Patch to go humane. We hope that as more families learn the truth about puppy mills, the rest of the community will follow suit.”
Dog Patch Pet and Feed sold puppies until several years ago when store owner Greg Gordon decided to move to a humane model. The store now adopts out dogs of all ages rescued from animal controls and has found homes for hundreds of dogs and cats since he made the change (Dog Patch had always had a cat adoption program). Dog Patch sells a wide variety of pet supplies and the business there has increased since the change (see story).
The event will feature a DJ, fun activities, humane pet stores (Go Dog Go) and rescues (ADOPT of Naperville), a groomer and so much more. There will be a costume contest, best trick contest and a pet/person look alike contest. Registration is from 10:30 to 11:30 with the walk starting at noon and the contests starting at 1:15 pm.
Registration is $30 per person (children under 12 are free) and each registration includes two dogs. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to participate. Each registration includes a goody bag and a t-shirt. You can register here. The funds raised will support the work of The Puppy Mill Project, an advocacy group that educates the public about the truth about puppy mills and the pet stores that sell commercially bred dogs.
Read more about the Naperville pet store debates below:
- Naperville: The Puppy Mill outlet capital of America
- For now, the sale of puppies will continue in Naperville
- Why banning the sale of dogs and cats won't close pet stores
- Dog Patch Pet and Feed: Rescue program continues to grow
- Naperville: Questions for the pet store debate
- Money talks in the fight against puppy mills
- Moving ahead in Naperville's pet store debate
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