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Animal House Shelter plans PAWfest fundraiser, education event

Event to take place July 28

A dog enjoys the pool at Animal House Shelter's annual PAWfest.
A dog enjoys the pool at Animal House Shelter's annual PAWfest.

Animal House Shelter in Huntley is planning its annual PAWfest fundraiser.

The event is scheduled to take place from noon to 4 p.m. July 28 and is free and open to the public at the shelter, 13005 Ernesti Road, Huntley.

The shelter has been operating for the past 16 years and rescues all breeds of dogs and cats. The festival is meant to educate the public about adoptions and raise money for the shelter.

Vaccinations and microchipping will be available at the event. The shelter will offer rabies, distemper five-in-one and bordetella vaccines for $20 each. Microchips will also cost $20 each.

The event is sponsored by VCA Noyes Animal Hospital, which will administer the vaccines and microchips. Bentley’s Pet Stuff, Thomas’ Tails, Safe and Sound Tags and Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group also are sponsors.

Pizza, hot dogs, snacks, soda, beer and water will be available at the event. Events will include vendor booths, games for kids, face painting, raffles, pet photography and more. A dog pool, Doggy kissing booth and beverages for dogs also will be part of the pet-friendly event. Children can participate in the mock adoption station event to learn about animal rescues and adopt a stuffed animal. For information visit animalhouseshelter.com or email info@animalhouseshelter.com.

The shelter always accepts monetary donations; seeks volunteers and foster and adoptive families; and is in need of supplies, such as dog, puppy, cat and kitten food and milk, bedding supplies, paper towels and other cleaning supplies, and medical items.

Animal House recently raised about $30,000 with a GoFundMe campaign to replace its air-conditioning system. After the request went viral, ARS/Rescue Rooter of Illinois donated supplies and labor to address the $20,000 need. Leftover donations will go toward animal care, Animal House officials said in a statement.

The nonprofit took in just more than $1 million in 2016, according to its most recently available tax records. Total revenues totaled $1,045,837 with expenditures of $1,014,330. Staff compensation and benefits cost $386,611, including Executive Director Lesley Irwin’s $67,500 salary, according to 2016 records.

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