Funds raised during the Pet Walk will help feed and care for the Humane Society’s animals in need of loving homes, provide medical services to sick and injured animals, rescue animals in emergency situations, and provide humane education to enrich the lives of individuals and animals alike.
To show her support of the Humane Society, ABC 7’s Sylvia Perez will once again serve as Master of Ceremonies for the fourth year in a row Participants can register to walk, collect pledges, win prizes, sign up as an event sponsor, set up a booth, shop in the pet mall, donate a raffle prize, buy a raffle ticket, or just stop by to enjoy the activities. There will be demonstrations—like the popular annual K-9 Police Dog Demonstration; entertainment—such as dog agility, a pet psychic, petting zoo, and carnival games for dogs; contests—like Best Dressed Pet and Best Pet Tricks; raffle prizes; and much more.
Humane Society’s Humble Beginnings
The Hinsdale Humane Society was the first Humane Society in DuPage County.
During the summer of 1953, local Hinsdale society women were appalled at the condition of the local dog pound and concerned about a potential rabies outbreak. So they started their own grassroots effort to provide better care and adoption of homeless animals. In the early days, the ladies paid for most of the supplies themselves, picked up stray dogs in their own cars, and answered calls from their home telephones. It is thanks to these dedicated volunteers that the Humane Society survived and eventually thrived.
Home of Morris the Cat!
The very first “Morris the Cat” was once a homeless cat at the Hinsdale Humane Society. Previously named Lucky, he was adopted in 1968 and went on to act in 58 9Lives commercials from 1969–1978, the year that he died. Morris was a media darling who had so much fan mail, he had his own personal secretary. Among his many accomplishments, he starred in the movie Shamus with Burt Reynolds and won the Patsy Award, the animal equivalent of the Oscar, in 1972 and 1973. He was named “Animal Star of the Year” by US Magazine, appeared on Good Morning America and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
Humane Society Today
At the heart of the Humane Society’s work is finding homes for approximately 800 dogs and cats every year. But the organization has expanded its outreach and services far beyond care and adoption of homeless cats and dogs. It’s hard to believe that this not-for-profit organization with its small staff of eight and relatively modest annual budget does all this: Humane Education program for ages Pre-K to adult offers instructor-led programs such as “A New Friend for Life” and “Safety Around Dogs” that teach important life skills, including kindness, compassion, and respect for all living things. Pet Therapy programs send trained pet owners and their approved pets to nursing homes, retirement communities, libraries, schools, and Adventist Paulson Pediatric Rehabilitation Center.
Summer Pet Camp offers one-week “Adventures in Animal Awareness” for students in fourth through sixth grades. Registration is going on now.
Volunteer and Foster Care programs offer hundreds of volunteers the opportunity to work with animals and support the Humane Society’s mission.
The Humane Society also offers obedience classes, lost-pet assistance, internships, and an affordable microchip service. The list goes on. What can you do to help?
Visit the new website at hinsdalehumanesociety.org for comprehensive information on the upcoming Pet Walk and all that the Hinsdale Humane Society does to care for homeless animals.
—Elaine Doremus Slayton
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