Pet Rescue Fair Promotes Pet Adoption, Humane Treatment of Animals

State Representatives Christine Winger (Wood Dale) and Mike Fortner (West Chicago) have partnered with area pet rescue and shelter organizations to host their second annual Pet Rescue Fair on Saturday, June 18 at the James "Pate" Philip State Park, 2054 W Stearns Rd in Bartlett. The free event will take place from 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm and is open to the public.

The goal of the Pet Rescue Fair is to promote pet adoption and the humane treatment of animals, something that both Representatives Winger and Fortner strongly support.

In her time in the General Assembly, Rep. Winger has fought for animal rights and advocated for legislative initiatives encouraging the humane treatment of animals. “8 to 12 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year,” said Winger. “When you adopt a pet from a rescue or shelter you are not only reducing the marketplace for unscrupulous breeders who flood the market with unwanted dogs and cats, but you are also literally saving the life of an animal.”

Representative Fortner is also eager to again aid area shelters and rescue organizations through the event, which he hopes will have an even greater turn out this year. “Making residents aware of these local rescue organizations and the many different resources available to assist with pet adoption is crucial,” said Fortner. “It is so important to help the animals in our community find homes, and this event is a step forward in doing so.”

Those attending the fair will meet adoptable pets, learn about pet care, obedience training and even how to make their yards safe for dogs. For the event’s second year, fairgoers are encouraged to bring their well-behaved dogs that are up-to-date on vaccines to the event. Dogs must remain on leash at all times.

The fair has also expanded its activities for children. A Bartlett Nature Center instructor will share knowledge of reptiles, their habitats and characteristics in a special animal show. Children ages 12 and under, can enter their canines to win a Pawsitivity Award. Awards will be given for pups with the longest tail, shortest tail, biggest ears, oldest dog, looks most like owner, best tail wag, longest howl, longest nose, shortest nose, silly pet tricks and more. There will also be a round or two of musical chairs for dogs.

Also new this year will food trucks. Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery and Auntie Vee's Cupcakes, Desserts & Pastries will join the event.

Like last year, rescues will bring adoptable pets for the public to meet as well as applications to start the adoption process. “The humane treatment of animals is a cause that is very dear to me, and I hope to bring rescues and families looking for a pet to love, together in one location,” said Winger.

Participating rescue and shelter organizations include:
Each rescue and shelter organization has their own adoption process and fees so families may not be able to take a pet home on June 18, however they will be able to meet and interact with their prospective new pets and begin the adoption process.

In addition to rescues, other organizations will be on hand to answer questions about pet health, obedience training, pet safety, grooming and more.

More about the June 18th Pet Rescue Fair.