Shorewood HUGS raised $2,500 this year for the care and training of the Forest Preserve District’s K-9, Jullo.
The money was raised at the charity group’s annual “HUGS for Hounds” doggy Easter egg hunt, which was held April 20 at the Forest Preserve District’s Hammel Woods Dog Park in Shorewood. A total of 244 dogs and 351 humans attended the event, which was held in the dog park’s new small-dog enclosure for the first time.
“The egg hunt is always a fun event that people love, and the money goes for something worthwhile,” said HUGS member Sue Coyle, who chairs the egg hunt.
On Thursday, June 6, Coyle presented a $2,500 check to Forest Preserve Chief Operating Officer Ralph Schultz and Jullo’s police handler, Sgt. Dean Klier. Coyle said she believes the amount is the highest yearly donation to date collected from the annual event.
The group has donated more than $17,000 to the Forest Preserve with proceeds from the egg hunt, which began in 2009.
Shorewood HUGS is a local non-profit group that fulfills wishes and supports other charitable organizations. Coyle said while HUGS has mostly helped people in the past, the group enjoys supporting Jullo because of his important role in the Forest Preserve’s police department, and HUGS may try to assist more animals in the future.
“We help a lot of people, but we want to help animals too,” she explained. “Something new at the egg hunt this year was a call for animal wishes. We did get a few requests that day where people wrote what their dogs needed.”
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