A fall weekend afternoon is a great time to hit the park with your dog, especially if you can raise funds to help other animals. The Waukegan Park District and the Beach Park Animal Hospital will host the Second Annual K9 Trace and Pace on Sunday, September 18 from noon-3 p.m. at Bevier Park, 2255 York House Road in Waukegan.
Admission to the event is $14 per dog. The proceeds will be split between the park district, which is raising funds to add an agility area to the Callahan-Franklin Dog Exercise Area, and the animal hospital’s Help-a-Pet fund.
“We’ve added so much more to the event this year,” says Jessica Mitchell, a recreation specialist for adult programs for the park district. “Since we are raising funds to add a canine agility section to the dog park, we’ve added our own canine agility areas to the event. Doggy participants may try each of the areas and get a punch on their agility card for completing a task.”
Some of the featured vendors this year will include the Little Fort Kennel Club conducting Canine Good Citizenships exams, Pet Care Specialists providing nail trims, Treat Diva serving doggy treats, TruPanion Pet Insurance and a variety of shelters and rescues promoting animal adoption.
“The Help-A-Pet Fund was started to help provide medical care for the various stray and abandoned animals that are dropped of at our practice,” says Katie Hagerty, hospital manager at Beach Park Animal Hospital. “In the current economy, we’ve also used the fund on occasion to help family members with sick or injured pets that may need medical treatment that they are not able to afford. This helps them take care of and keep their pet.”
Droopy the cat is one of the many animals helped by the fund. He was dropped off at Beach Park Animal Hospital with a bloody mouth and it appeared that he was missing teeth and didn’t have a lip. Dr. Laurie Giumento did a skin graft to reattach his lip to his jaw and helped clean him up, gave him vaccinations and neutered him. The staff then nursed the emaciated cat until he found a home a year later. The hospital cares for any animal they take in until they are adopted.
To help lost pets get reunited with their family members. The Beach Park Animal Hospital will also host a microchipping booth. The $23 ($59 value) fee includes the microchip insertion and a lifetime Home Again membership fee. Under a new Illinois law, all shelters and rescues must scan stray and abandoned animals for a microchip and work to reunite them with their family.
More information may be found on the Waukegan Park District site or the Beach Park Animal Hospital site.
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