For most of us, Mother’s Day is a day of celebration. It’s a day when we head for brunch and relive the memories with our moms and grandmas and other family members. For members of The Puppy Mill Project, Mother’s Day has a more somber tone as the group remembers and spotlights the Mothers in the Mills – the mother dogs left behind in puppy mills around the country.
“It’s heartbreaking to know that so many dogs live in deplorable conditions legally breeding litter after litter in puppy mills,” says Cari Meyers, founder of The Puppy Mill Project. “We use Mother’s Day weekend to host our annual benefit to remember those mother dogs left behind and to educate our community about puppy mills.”
The group will hold its Fifth Annual Mothers in the Mills this year and the event promises to be bigger and better than every. The funds raised at the event fund the group’s educational efforts and also raises money for Millie’s Mission, a special fund that helps rescue groups pay for the enormous veterinary bills of the rescued mill dogs .
Throughout the year, The Puppy Mill Project provides educational programs for schools and summer camps. They hold protests outside pet stores to build awareness and have worked with both Chicago and Cook County to develop ordinances banning the sale of puppy mill dogs and cats. The group has also worked behind the scenes to shut down mills and facilitate rescues.
This year’s event on Saturday, May 9th moves to a very cool new venue – Moonlight Studios at 1446 West Kinzie in Chicago. There will be great auction items and a special musical performance by Carl Giammarese from The Buckinghams. He’ll sing a few of the group’s hit tunes with the Out of Control Band, a group that’s been serenading this event since the start.
What other cool things are in store at the Mothers in the Mills?
You can meet some of the rescuers involved in the recent raid of Adrian’s Puppy Paradise and learn their account of closing of that Kankakee County puppy mill first hand. Hang out with City Clerk Susana Mendoza and bid to tour city hall and have lunch with her. You may talk politics with Paul Lisnek (who is also the MC for the event), talk weather with Andy Avalos and learn about pets with renown pet expert Steve Dale.
There are lots of other cool things on tap as well. Rosemary Fanti will be doing her gorgeous illustrations of event guests. The new book – The Chicago Pet Project, that features well known Chicagoans and their pets – will go on sale at pre-sale prices for the first time ever. There is one last spot available in that book which will be auctioned off as part of the live auction for the back cover as well as a spread inside the book. You can get your chocolate fix at the Gourmet Candy Bar for guests.
Other cool auction items include: a hand painted Blackhawks coffee table, trips to Beavercreek Colorado and the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, and the last photo shoot of The Chicago Pet Project. There will also be beautiful jewelry from Graziela Gems.
Tickets for the Mothers in the Mills are $115 in advance and $125 at the door. You may purchase tickets here. The event runs from 7 to 11 pm.
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