You’ve heard of a Bar Crawl, right? Well, this is the same thing except that it’s a Paw Crawl. And, while a Bar Crawl is often just for fun, the Paw Crawl is for fun and a good cause; it benefits Helping Paws Animal Shelter where they help homeless cats and dogs.
The Paw Crawl will start at 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, and last until 1 a.m. And it will happen in The Woodstock Square. As Helping Paws puts it, “Raise a Glass to Benefit the Animals!”
Helping Paws Animal Shelter provides “shelter, food, medical care, and comfort to abandoned, neglected, and abused animals until they are placed into loving, responsible homes.”
Helping Paws, a 501(c)(3) is also a ‘no-kill’ shelter. According to The Humane Society of the United States, approximately 2.4-million “healthy, adoptable cats and dogs” are ‘put down’ each year in shelters across the country. That works out to one every 13 seconds. For Helping Paws to operate as a ‘no-kill’ shelter requires additional financial support.
“Eighty-five percent of our dogs come from high-kill shelters,” said Sharon Bono-Fabian, a board member with Helping Paws and the coordinator of the event. “The majority come in with worms and some kind of kennel cough because they’re coming from such seriously bad conditions.”
Al Domrase, the owner of Aldens Kennels in Ringwood has also witnessed the terrible conditions of dogs that find their way into shelters.
“The way people in McHenry County love dogs and cats,” said Al Domrase, “it’s hard to understand why shelters are so overcrowded. The shelters, and the dogs and cats they care for, desperately need our support.”
The event in Woodstock is for animal lovers over the age of 21. There are two options for registrants: Raiser Your Glass registrants and DD-Designated Driver registrants. The early registration fee (before Aug. 12) is $45 and $30. After Aug. 12, the fees are $50 and $35.
Those who opt to raise a glass for needy dogs and cats will receive 5 drink tokens, a Paw Crawl t-shirt, koozie, shot glass, game care and a map. Designaed Driver registrants receive the same, minus the drink tokens. But, they can have all the free soda and water they want at participating bars and restaurants.
The registration form also provides an option to purchase additional drink tokens at $5 each.
The registration form is at: https://fs22.formsite.com/pawcrawl16/form5/index.html.