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Barkapalooza 2019

The West Suburban Humane Society invites you to collect pledges and walk to benefit the homeless animals in our care at BarkaPALooza on:

Sunday -- September 29th
Lisle Community Park
1825 Short Street, Lisle, IL

Enjoy a day filled with fun, food and games while helping to end animal homelessness. Collect pledges in advance, bring your dog and then join the walkathon to help raise money for the homeless cats and dogs of the West Suburban Humane Society.




Event Schedule

9:30am Early Registration
10:00am Blessing of the Animals
10:15am Let the Walk begin!
10:30am – 1:00pm Sunshine the Clown: face painting and balloon sculptures
11:00am - 12:00pm

Lights Camera ACTION! presentation from Enjoy Your Dog, Inc.

Could your dog be the next STAR? Enjoy Your Dog, Inc., the trainers for Paws for Effect, train animals for productions by NBC, ABC, CBS and Disney. Enjoy Your Dog, Inc. will be putting on a stunt dog performance. Debbie Gardiner, CPDT-KA, CTDI and her dog Eli will be performing. Debbie and Eli have been featured in the AKC Family Dog Magazine and Kyra Sundance’s newest book Canine Conditioning. After the performance trainers will be demonstrating how you can teach your dog one or two tricks.

11:00am - 12:00pm Hix Bros. Ukulele Band Perform
12:00pm - 2:00pm Lure Course - fun for you and your dog!
12:00pm - 1:30pm The Loft Lizards Perform
2:00pm Raffle winner announced


All Day Events

  • Microchipping by West Suburban Veterinary Associates $35
    (all proceeds benefit the shelter)
  • Artistic Grooming with doggie pedicures. All proceeds are given to WSHS!
  • Pet Caricatures and Portraits by @rt by @ngel
  • Furry Expressions Bow Wow Photo Booth - 4 photos of your dog for $20!  All proceeds will be given to the WSHS!
  • Pawsitive Spirit - Tarot and card readings for people and pets of all ages. A Rainbow Bridge reading for pets that are no longer with us. All proceeds are given to WSHS!
  • MyAnimalSpeak - Animal Communication with Linda Reynertson. Al proceeds will be given to the WSHS!

Great Guests!

  • WSHS volunteer Scott Schneider, Host of "Good Day Chicago" on WFLD 
  • Deacon Greg Ouska with a blessing for the animals.
  • Mayor Pecak of Lisle and Mayor Barnett of Downers Grove kick off the Walk with a little help from WSHS residents and alumni!

Great Fun!

  • Barkapalooza Pups Scavenger hunt. Over 100 plush pups to be found hidden around the park, some with a surprise raffle ticket.
  • The Hix Bros. Ukulele Band perform.  Check out their Facebook page for more information!
  • The Loft Lizards perform. Check out their Facebook page for more information!

Great Groups!

  • AaRooo!! Basset Rescue
  • STRAES – Shih Tzu Rescue
  • Illinois Doberman Plus Rescue
  • Houndsong
  • Shar Pei Savers
  • Action for Animals
  • MW Brew
  • 4 Greyhound Racers
  • and many, many more!

Great Food!

  • Harvey's Fire Box 
  • Doctor Dogs
  • Tacochela
  • Lemon Shake Ups
  • Homemade Pastry & Fresh Coffee

Great Shopping!

  • Happy Dog Barkery
  • Bow Wow Tique
  • The Upscale Tail
  • Pampered Pooch Couture
  • Lularoe
  • Sandeez Embroidery
  • Wet Nose
  • and many, many more!

Great Prizes!

  • Wags to Riches Raffle (winner receives $1,000)

Great Location!

  • Lisle Community Park (1825 Short Street, Lisle)
    Plentiful parking available at the park and at Lisle Senior High School


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Sign up for Barkapalooza today and start raising funds for your favorite shelter.

We've made it easier than ever for you to raise funds for the homeless animals in our care.

Event Brochure & Pledge Sheet

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Check out a video from a prior event!

Pledge to help the animals! Our goal is for each participant to raise at least $100 in pledges. Please do your part – and qualify for fabulous prizes!