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2020 Dog Park Calendar Sales to Benefit Will County's Homeless Dogs

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Newman is one of the many pooches from our dog parks that will be featured. (Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Next year may seem like a world away, but the early forecast is calling for daily doses of furry cuteness for everyone who purchases a 2020 calendar featuring the adorable dogs that frequent the District's dog parks.

All proceeds from the calendar sales will benefit the Will County Humane Society.

The Forest Preserve District put out a casting call for talent in June and received more than 250 applications. A panel of judges will select the dogs to be featured based on their photogenic nature and how well each entry fits the goal of highlighting a variety of breeds, ages and personalities.

Owners whose dogs have been selected to appear in the calendar will be contacted by Friday, July 19 and each dog selected will get its own photoshoot at one of the District's six dog parks.

The Forest Preserve is proud to be partnering with the Will County Humane Society to showcase its dog park friends while also raising awareness — and funds — for an organization that does so much to help find new homes for hundreds of dogs each year. 

"Our partnership with the Forest Preserve District is a great way for neighbors to help one another out by spreading awareness of both missions," said Will County Humane Society shelter manager Malorie Ernst. "Both organizations have a genuine impact on our community and take pride in the work they do to better our community and the animals in it." 

Calendars cost $15 each, which includes shipping and taxes, and approximately $10 from each calendar sold will be donated to the Will County Humane Society, the oldest no-kill shelter in the county.


"We run solely on the generous donations and devotion from our community," Ernst said. "Our facility does not receive funding from the government. This means every item and every dollar donated is imperative to our functionality. Every act of kindness helps the homeless animals in our care!"

The calendars are being sold via preorders only from now until Sunday, October 20, 2019. Orders will be shipped the week of November 25 to ensure they are received in time for the holidays. 

“The calendar is a win-win project for both us and the Will County Humane Society,” said Ralph Schultz, chief operating officer for the Forest Preserve District. “Our public loves its dogs and our dog parks, and we’re happy to offer a way to highlight the pets of our dog park patrons while also helping to support a Will County organization that does such good within the community. We hope visitors to our dog parks will consider generously supporting the Humane Society by purchasing a calendar or two.”


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