By Bugle Staff
Community members lined the streets of the Promenade as nearly 200 pets and their owners walked in The Promenade Bolingbrook’s inaugural pet parade to benefit the West Suburban Humane Society.
Pet enthusiasts and parade watchers lined the streets of the Promenade, to watch the community come together for this first-time event, raising more than $500 in donations.
“We were thrilled to host the first annual Pet Parade,” said Kris Kuchler, marketing director of The Promenade Bolingbrook. “Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback, we can’t imagine not doing this again next year.”
Local animal welfare groups, humane societies, and shelters were invited to walk in the Parade to showcase animals they had up for adoption. Tank, a four-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, served as the parade grand marshal, and more than 15 pet vendors and nonprofits were on-site to engage the crowds during the Post-Parade Pet Party.
“The community absolutely loved the event,” said parade announcer Michael Carpanzano. “The pets and their owners passed the TV Zone and announcer stand with such confidence, enthusiasm, and showmanship.”
The Bolingbrook Police Department brought out their K9 “Leon” and Bolingbrook Animal Control was also on-site to take questions from the community.
Bolingbrook Community Television filmed the event for a later broadcast. Pet Supplies Plus in Bolingbrook donated the prizes for the award winners. DuPage Township Trustee Alyssia Benford (and “Teddy”), Bolingbrook Park District Board President Denise Allen (with “Tank”), and Village of Bolingbrook Mayor Roger C. Claar all came out to support the event.
The Promenade Bolingbrook is a pet-friendly property. When you visit the mall, be sure to look for paw print window clings on stores that allow you to shop with your four-legged pet.
Several local non-profit groups joined in the parade: Humane Haven Animal Shelter, Hedd Mutt Foundation, ARF – Animal Rescue Foundation, Spay Illinois, Perfect Pooches Adoption Agency, among others.