Huntley PAWFest celebrates 28,000 adoptions

 
 
Updated 7/18/2015 6:09 PM
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  • Brooklin Scheleski, 4, of Huntley and her puppy Brewster, left, meet Porscha the puppy owned by Julie Hirsch of Pingree Grove while they wait in line to be microchipped at PAWFest at Animal House Shelter in Huntley Saturday. Microchipping, vaccinations and distemper shots were offered at discounted prices.

      Brooklin Scheleski, 4, of Huntley and her puppy Brewster, left, meet Porscha the puppy owned by Julie Hirsch of Pingree Grove while they wait in line to be microchipped at PAWFest at Animal House Shelter in Huntley Saturday. Microchipping, vaccinations and distemper shots were offered at discounted prices. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Bob the bulldog, owned by Paula Tapper of Huntley, sits in the shade at PAWFest at Animal House Shelter in Huntley Saturday. Tapper owns a dog grooming service called Doggie Styles Pet Grooming Inc. and was a vendor at the event. Bob usually tags along.

      Bob the bulldog, owned by Paula Tapper of Huntley, sits in the shade at PAWFest at Animal House Shelter in Huntley Saturday. Tapper owns a dog grooming service called Doggie Styles Pet Grooming Inc. and was a vendor at the event. Bob usually tags along. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

If you have a pet or wanted a pet, Animal House Shelter in Huntley was the place to be Saturday.

In celebration of more than 28,000 adoptions to date, PAWFest was the shelter's annual fundraiser to keep up its mission of sheltering animals.

People were invited to bring their pet in for a day of fun. Attractions included low-cost vaccinations and microchipping; a McHenry County K-9 police unit demonstration; 50/50 raffles; doggy boutiques; and activities for kids such as face painting, a giant water slide and dunk tank.

Tracey Scheleski of Huntley and her daughters Madison, 6, and Brooklin, 4, brought their 3-month-old puppy Brewster to get a distemper shot and microchipped. And Luis Garcia of Lake in the Hills brought his 7-month-old Chihuahua mix Canela, adopted from the shelter in March.

Animal House Shelter Fundraising and Event Coordinator Katherine Simmons said the event was expected to draw 500 people. "We really work hard on matching our animals to the owners, making sure they go home to their forever homes," she said.

For more on the shelter, call (847) 961-5541, email animalhousefundraising@gmail.com, or go to animalhouseshelter.com.

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