If you haven't ordered your Forest Preserve 2020 dog park calendar yet, you're still in luck. Due to popular demand, the deadline to place your online order has been extended to Wednesday, November 6.
When a flood of last-minute orders came in right before the October 20 deadline, the Forest Preserve contacted the company that is printing the calendars to see if the deadline could be pushed back. The extension was approved so more people could have time to order, while still receiving the calendars in time for the holidays.
Proceeds from calendar sales benefit the Will County Humane Society. Each calendar costs $15, with approximately $10 from each sale going to the Humane Society. To order a calendar, visit willcountydogs.org.
In addition to extending the deadline, the identity of the calendar's cover dog has been revealed. With a tilt of his head and his tongue hanging out, Kane is pictured taking a break at Whalon Lake Dog Park in Naperville. The Lab/border collie mix was adopted by owner Manuela Chairez of Bolingbrook when a coworker could no longer care for him.
Dogs that will be featured for each month of 2020 and their owners’ names are:
January: Jericho, Kelly and Sean Bandzi, Mokena
February: Bella, Pam Bonk, Orland Park
March: Ruckus, Gaetano Pampinella, Romeoville
April: Wilson, Murphy and Rusty; Rob and Jodi Traver, Shorewood
May: Scout, Cindy McGee, Bolingbrook
June: Dougie, Matt and Tricia Domico, Orland Park
July: Stanley, Kelli Ferguson, Bolingbrook
August: Maslow and Carter; Jaclyn and Jesse Fleck, Naperville
September: Sasha, Kristin Wunderlich, Joliet
October: Gio, Rose Broderick, Crete
November: Ellie, Michelle Alfaro, Bolingbrook
December: Koda, Bridget Sonnemaker, New Lenox
The calendar includes dozens of photos of other dogs frolicking at the Forest Preserve District’s six dog parks. In all, more than 40 dogs are featured in the calendar including purebreds, mutts, males, females and dogs of all shapes, ages, colors and sizes.
The calendar also profiles some of the dogs who have overcome obstacles to find their forever homes thanks to the Humane Society and loving adoptive families.
For instance, the story of Woodie the Wonder Pup, who was found as a puppy with his back paws completely severed and was rescued by the Humane Society, illustrates how important it is to give animals a second chance. And information on Payton, a sweet lab mix who was seriously ill when the Humane Society took him in, shows how even the sickest dog can find a loving home.
To read more about some of the dogs featured in the calendar, visit willcountydogs.org.
ORDER A CALENDAR
Calendars are being sold via pre-orders only and you must order by Wednesday, November 6. All orders will ship during the week of November 25 to ensure receipt in time for the holidays.
The Humane Society, the county’s first no-kill shelter, has been serving the area for over 40 years with a single purpose, to provide a safe haven for homeless pets and help them find their forever home. The organization receives no state or federal funding and relies entirely on donations.
Every day of the year, the organization cares for more than 40 homeless dogs and nearly 100 cats looking for their forever homes. It provides for their general health care, shelter and well-being through its network of volunteers and resources.
And if you want to get a sneak preview of the more than 40 dogs that were photographed for the calendar, the canines are being featured in a new Instagram account.
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