The annual "Hugs for Hounds" doggie Easter egg hunt scheduled for April 11 at Hammel Woods preserve has been canceled by the organizing agency, Shorewood HUGS, due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
According to a Facebook post by the organization:
"It is with heavy hearts that Shorewood HUGS has decided to take a 'pause' while we all deal with the repercussions of the coronavirus. This decision was difficult to come to but at the end of the day, we felt that this is the responsible thing to do to ensure the safety of our members as well as the safety of those in the community that we serve.
"Everyday seems to bring more restrictions and concerns from our government and we need to exercise social distancing. We love helping others and making a difference in our community and we hope to be back to doing that again very soon."
Shorewood HUGS is a local nonprofit organization that assists with worthy fundraising efforts.
The popular canine egg hunt has been held the Saturday before Easter each year since 2009, attracting hundreds of pets and their owners, many of them dressed in costumes. Proceeds from the event's registration fees have raised thousands of dollars for the care, handling and training of the Forest Preserve's police K-9s.
"The Forest Preserve District would like to thank Shorewood HUGS for all of the work its members have donated to make this event such a success for so many years in support of our K-9 unit," said Cindy Cain, the Forest Preserve's public information officer. "Canceling this year's 'Hugs for Hounds' is the right thing to do to help limit the spread of COVID-19 as state and federal health officials have recommended. But we look forward to working with Shorewood HUGS in the years to come."
For more information, visit Shorewood HUGS.
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