Four rescued dogs found furr-ever homes
Paws on the Parkway a pet fair and adoption event supporting the Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) was hosted by Calamos Real Estate on Sept. 30 at CityGate Centre, Rte. 59 & Ferry Rd., Naperville. The event resulted in four dogs finding their “furr-ever” homes and $2,225 was raised to support the care of rescued pets at the shelter.
Funds were raised from the sale of raffle tickets with prizes donated by event exhibitors, direct donations made at the event and sale of Cepero Photography pet portraits sponsored by Calamos Real Estate. In addition, a portion of proceeds from Tap In Pub, the sports bar at CityGate Centre with a pet-friendly patio contributed to the fundraising total.
Among the exhibitors were PetWants clean pet food delivery, The Welcome Waggin’ in-home veterinary care, PetSuites daycare and boarding, and PetButler pet-sitting and cleanup. Exhibitor Dog Training Elite also presented training demonstrations and Naperville Police Department’s K9 unit also demonstrated at the event.
The event was managed by volunteers of the Humane Society along with a Calamos Cares team—a volunteer group composed of employees of Calamos Investments, Primacy Business Center and Calamos Real Estate.
Calamos Real Estate SVP Ken Witkowski, who has three dogs of his own including a retired K9 service dog, said, “It’s very rewarding to us to support the important work that NAHS does and also present a community event that celebrates the special relationships between people and their pets.”
Facts about Animal Rescue
· An estimated 8 million to 12 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide annually. · 25 percent of dogs entering shelters are purebred. · Only 1 in 10 dogs and cats who arrive at US shelters have been spayed or neutered, contributing to overpopulation. · Only 1 in 10 dogs born in the United States will find a permanent home. · The one-time cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less than the annual cost of raising a puppy or kitten. · Adoption fees cover as little as 10 percent of care costs. Many dogs arrive at local shelters needing medical care. Returning to health one dog with a heartworm infection, for example, costs approximately $3,000.