May is here and we bet you’ve been wondering about all the cool pet-stuff happening, haven’t you?? Well, let’s start with the national holidays. Here ya go:
•National Pet Month. (US)
•Responsible Animal Guardian Month.
•Lyme Disease Prevention Month.
•Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. (Also see November events.)
•Chip Your Pet Month.
•National Service Animal Eye Exam. The American College of Veterinary Optholmologists hosts this annual event when over 300 veterinary ophthalmologists donate their services to provide eye exams to service dogs in the US and Canada during the month of May.
•May 1, 2019: National Purebred Dog Day.
•May 3, 2019: National Specially-Abled Pets Day.
•May 5, 2019: Mayday for Mutts. First Sunday in May.
•May 5 – 11, 2019: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week. This week-long event has been celebrated since 1915. Always the first full week of May.
•May 5-11, 2019: National Pet Week. Always held the first full week of May by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
•May 6-11, 2019: Puppy Mill Action Week. An initiative of the HSUS, this week is always scheduled to begin the Monday before Mother’s Day.
•May 11, 2019: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.
•May 14, 2019: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day.
Now we’ll move on to what our Northwest Indiana (and a few nearby) pet lovers have been wanting: LOCAL PET-RELATED EVENTS!!
Dog Walker Watch Orientation Meeting
· Hosted by Munster Police Department and Choice Community Council of Munster
6 PM – 7 PM 1005 Ridge Rd, Munster, Indiana 46321
Munster Library read to the dogs
Thu 6 PM · Munster Branch of the Lake County Public Library · Munster, Indiana
Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic in Schererville
Fri 1 PM · Ted’s Pet & Feed · Schererville, Indiana
Appointments are available now to join Spay Illinois on Friday, May 3rd as we are hosting a low-cost pet vaccine clinic at Ted’s Pet Feed located at 2112 Indianapolis Boulevard in Schererville, Indiana. Join us between the hours of 1:00PM and 6:00PM by calling (630) 961-8000 to schedule your appointment today. We offer packages of core vaccinations for cats and dogs, like our 1-Year Dog Well Pack including vaccinations against Rabies, Bordetella, Canine Distemper, and a Heartworm test for $69. We also offer our 1-Year Cat Well Pack for $30 total. Pet microchips can be administered for only $25, which includes lifetime registration in the Found Animals Microchip registry. We have even greater discounts for pet owners receiving Food Stamps or SSDI benefits. Call (630) 961-8000 to learn more and to book your pet’s appointment, today.
Meet the Animals
Sat 10 AM · Sunset Hill Farm County Park · Valparaiso, Indiana
One of our most popular programs! Come meet our farm animals and their caregivers on the first Saturday and second Friday of the month. Our animals include horses, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, turkeys, and bunnies. Learn about each species while taking the opportunity to feed, pet, and groom them. No registration is required for this free program. Meet by the animal barn. If we’ve had recent rain or melted snow, there might be mud, so wear some boots or play shoes! Also remember that our Family Hike program takes place right after Meet the Animals each month, so check out our other Facebook events.
Sat 12 PM · PetSmart · Schererville, Indiana
Come join us at the Schererville PetSmart for our adoption events. We have many loving animals waiting for their new home.
Pet Food Distribution 11 am to 1 pm
· Hosted by Best Buddies Pet Pantry Inc.
(Please check their Facebook page for several other distribution dates)
Harvest Independent Baptist Church
4901 E. 28th Avenue, Lake Station (basement)
Pet food available for food pantry clients only
2nd and 4th Saturdays (clients eligible once every month)
(food distributions are dependent on weather condition s and availability of volunteers)
Winfield Library read to the dogs
Sat 11 AM · Winfield Branch Library · Crown Point, Indiana
Come read to the Power Paws for Kids therapy dogs.
Chicago Pet Show – Oak Lawn
May 4 – May 5 · Oak Lawn Park District Community Pavilion · Oak Lawn, Illinois
Bringing people & pets together since 2010. Meet local business’ with pet products, health care & show specials! Talk to and support local rescues – And, check out demos and shows! Chicago Pet Show – Oak Lawn Oak Lawn Community Pavilion 9401 Oak Park Ave, Oak Lawn May 4 & 5, 10-5pm Admission: $7 Adult (Ages 18-64) Kids FREE with parent Seniors over 65 FREE when showing id. Please leave all personal pets at home to keep a peaceful environment for the rescues.
May 4 and May 5
Kitties For Keeps will be at the Chicago Pet Show
Oak Lawn Pavilion from 10-5 pm
Pet Supplies Plus Adoption Event
· Hosted by Guardians of the Green Mile
11 am – 3 pm
Pet Supplies Plus – La Porte, IN
1406 E. Lincolnway, La Porte, Indiana 46350
Cinco De Meow! (and Woof!)
Sun 12 PM · Trader Todd’s · Chicago, Illinois
It’s Cinco De Meow time! Great food, drinks and awesome trivia await you on Sunday the 5th of May! All proceeds go to the animals of Felines & Canines!
Illiana Derby Dames Home Opener!
· Hosted by ABRA, Inc.
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Lynwood Roller Rink
2030 Glenwood Dyer Rd, Lynwood, Illinois 60411
Mon 6 PM · Lake County 4-H Dog Project · Crown Point, Indiana
Dog Clinic Tonight at Fair Grounds in the 4H building
Humane Indiana Five Guys Fundraiser
Date- May 6, 2019
Power Paws for Kids Fundraiser at Schererville
Tue 11 AM · Five Guys · Schererville, Indiana
Come stop by the Portage store and help support the Hobart Xtreme 8U, 20% of sales as well as an extra $1 per milkshake purchased will be donated back to them!
Highland Library Read to the Dogs
Thu 6 PM · Highland Branch of the Lake County Public Library · Highland, Lake County, Indiana
Pet Spa Open House
Fri 4:30 PM · The Promenade at Founders Square · Portage, Indiana
We would like to announce the official opening of the Pet Spa! Please join us with your furry friend at the Pet Spa from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM to collect a doggy bag! If you cannot make it during this time, please feel free to stop by the office and we would be happy to hand out a treat!
Noodles Fundraiser Night
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 4 PM – 8 PM
· Hosted by Begin Again Rescue Co. Noodles & Company (Valparaiso, IN)
71 Silhavy Rd, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
Chipotle Fundraiser for Humane Indiana
Date- May 11, 2019
Time- 4pm to 8pm
9th Annual Winning Hearts Benefit Auction (American Greyhound)
Sat 5 PM · Avalon Manor Banquet Center · Merrillville, Indiana
Join us on Saturday, May 11 at Avalon Manor in Merrillville for a spectacular evening, featuring exciting silent and live auctions, an open bar, seated dinner, and more! Purchase tickets here: https://www.americangreyhound.org/event/9th-annual-winning-hearts-benefit-auction/
Public Microchipping Event
Sat 5 PM · Lakeshore PAWS · Valparaiso, Indiana
The best way to ensure your pet will get back to you in the event that they run away is to MICROCHIP! Lakeshore PAWS will be hosting a LOW COST microchipping clinic on Saturday May 11th from 3-6pm at our adoption center. The cost is $15 per dog/cat and we will give you all the registration information you need. Each microchip will be placed by a registered Veterinarian or Vet Technician.
Flower Sale at Paragon
· Hosted by The Humane Society of Hobart, Inc.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Paragon Family Restaurant
1701 E 37th Ave, Hobart, Indiana 46342
We are once again one of the beneficiaries of the annual flower sale at Paragon Restaurant. Come choose from one of many beautiful floral baskets for Mother’s Day but get there early because they go quickly! We appreciate your support!
Five Guys Funraiser
May 13 – May 14 · Five Guys · Schererville, Indiana
Monday, May 13th – All day! Five Guys Schererville 1575 US Hwy 41 11 AM – 10 PM 2×2 Rescue will receive 20% of sales – plus $1 for every milkshake sold – when you show the flyer – on paper or on your mobile device! Please share! Every purchase helps 2×2 continue to provide for animals in need.
Pet Food Distribution
Best Buddies Pet Pantry Inc.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 9 AM – 11 AM
Duneland Community Center, 801 Broadway, Chesterton, from 9-11am or until food is gone.
Requirements: must be 21 years old, a resident of Porter County, provide valid IN Drivers License/State ID and proof of need: Unemployment, Disability, Social Security, SSI statement showing current benefit amount. If employed must provide current earnings statement showing earnings of less than $1500 per month.
food distributions are dependent on weather conditions and availability of volunteers
Are ya hungry? Eat at Texas Roadhouse (2070 Calumet Avenue / Dyer, IN ) and 10% of your meal will go to South Suburban Humane Society (you have to present an invitation, so here’s a link to get that invite: https://www.southsuburbanhumane.org/eat-earn
Begin Again Recue Co. is still running the shoe drive (until the end of May) .. still time to get those shoes to them!!
Annual 5K-9 Run/Walk 5/17/19 @6 pm
Fri 6 PM · Central Park Plaza · Valparaiso, Indiana
Humane Indiana / Summer Camp – Open House
WHEN: May 17th, 9am-3pm
WHERE: Humane Indiana Wildlife Center
570 North East, Valparaiso, IN
Join staff for a sneak peak into the Humane Indiana Wildlife Summer Camps! Each camp will feature different activities, games, crafts, and speakers to introduce your camper to native wildlife. Our open house will showcase some of the different activities we will do, the ability to meet some of our ambassadors, and a look at the grounds where camp will take place.
Bark in the Park
Sat 9 AM · Soldier Field · Chicago, Illinois
DOG FRIENDLY EVENT ALERT!! Celebrate the 25th Bark in the Park walk and fundraiser on the Stadium Green at Soldier Field on Saturday, May 18! Come for the walk, stay for the party! Chicago’s original dog party features a 2.5 mile walk with or without your furry friend, free pet product samples, free food and drinks, a craft beer tent, doggy massages, nail trims, canine agility course, doggy demonstrations, family-friendly activities, live music, games, and more! Stop by the Canis Bodyworks tent where we’ll have a talented team of professional therapists and advanced students offering canine massages for your pups! Tickets are $40 for adults in advance and $45 day-of Children (ages 3-12) $10 Children under 3 and dogs are free!..
Scott Smith’s All Animal Expo ~ Hammond
Sat 10 AM · Hammond Civic Center · Hammond, Indiana
Doors open for the All Animal Expo at 10:00 am and we are open until 3:00 pm. • $5 admission 11 yrs & up • Kids 10 & under FREE (w/paid adult) • FREE Parking! • Food Available on site! • ATM Available on site! Visit us on Facebook and Instagram @allanimalexpo #allanimalexpo
Sat 11 AM · Paws Park 2800 W Oakton · Park Ridge, Illinois
Midwest BREW (Beagle Rescue, Education and Welfare)
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 18, 2019 and get ready to experience Midwest BREW’s most exciting event of the year! Beaglefest is held once a year at Paws Park in Park Ridge, Illinois. There is a large off-leash area for Beagles and their friends to run and play, as well as plenty of space for our other activities outside of the fence. Please join us, bring your beagles, family and friends, and support Midwest BREW all at the same time. Bring your folding chairs or blankets and come and relax, hang out with all the beagles, and have a great afternoon. Whether you are an owner, previous adopter, interested in adopting or just love beagles, this is the place to be! Beaglefest is a wonderful opportunity to run with the hounds, or sit with the hounds, or play with the hounds. It is a laugh filled afternoon of family entertainment. It is a chance to give back, for all of that beagle love you enjoy, to contribute to our efforts to save more of these wonderful creatures. And since this is our main fundraiser for the year, please do not forget your wallet,checkbook, or credit card. We will be selling food and soft drinks and our spectacular sales tent will be stocked with many beagle related items. We will also have several raffles and some other surprises! Cost to attend: $10 per beagle May 18, 2019 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Paws Park 2800 W Oakton St Park Ridge, IL 60068 United States If you need driving directions to the park, visit MapQuest and enter 2800 W Oakton St, Park Ridge IL 60068. You can also go to the Google Map of the area.
Dyer-Schererville Library read to the dogs
Sat 11 AM · Dyer-Schererville Branch of the Lake County Public Library · Schererville, Indiana
Come read to the Power Paws for Kids therapy dogs.
BARC Fundraiser & Adoption Day
Sun 12 PM · Texas Roadhouse – Portage, IN · Portage, Indiana
Begin Again Rescue Co.
May 19th Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of your purchase to BARC! We will have available dogs and our BARC Boutique with us as well! Fundraiser hours are all day!
Low-cost spay/neuter transport for cats
Thu 6 AM · The Humane Society of Hobart, Inc. · Hobart, Indiana
Come get your cat fixed for only $65! Rabies vaccination is required and included in this price if your cat is not current. Feral and Community Cats are only $35, which includes spay/neuter, ear tip, and rabies vaccination. You must pre-register and pre-pay at least four days prior to transport date, but spots fill up quickly!
Paws & Pints
· Hosted by Jump Start PR
Join us at #Paws&Pints Pet Expo & Beer Fest coming to Sunset Hill Farms on May 25th from 11 AM-5 PM!
You can enjoy a selection beers from our beer garden, including a large selection from local breweries…..all while shopping from a large selection of pet/craft vendors at the same time! There will also be pet adoptions, live music, family friendly entertainment and food too!
Free Admission with the opportunity to donate to local animal shelters!
Bring your pets (all kinds welcome) & enjoy the fun!
If you are interested in having you organization at the event or be a vendor please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!**
St John Library read to the dogs
Sat 11 AM · St. John Branch of the Lake County Public Library · Saint John, Indiana
Come read to the Power Paws for Kids therapy dogs.
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Transport for CATS
Wed 6 AM · The Humane Society of Hobart, Inc. · Hobart, Indiana
Due to demand, we are adding a second transport in May!!! Come get your cat fixed for only $65! Rabies vaccination is required and included in this price if your cat is not current. Feral and Community Cats are only $35, which includes spay/neuter, ear tip, and rabies vaccination. You must pre-register and pre-pay at least four days prior to transport date, but spots fill up quickly! Please call the shelter at 219-942-0103 or come in during our regular business hours to reserve your spot!
Dine to Donate
Thu 4 PM · Noodles & Company · Valparaiso, Indiana
On May 30th from 4-10pm, purchase a meal from Valparaiso Noodles & Company and have a portion of your purchase donated to Lakeshore PAWS! Simply mention the dine to donate and show them our flyer!
Fri 6 PM · Giorgio’s Banquet · Orland Hills, Illinois
Join us for an epic celebration of 45 life saving years! On Friday, May 31st, we will be commemorating this incredible milestone with our Sapphire Soiree at Georgios Banquets in Orland Park. This promises to be a night to remember with Chris Zorich, a former Chicago Bear, as our guest emcee! Enjoy an evening out with dinner, raffles, silent auction, a pet fashion show & LIVE MUSIC by local Chicago band, One Timer. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to enjoy a wonderful night out while supporting our shelter animals & helping us to provide them with nutrition, shelter, medical care, and love. Get your tickets before it’s too late!
Well, that’s a lot to choose from for the month of May! We hope you have fun and we just might see you at one or two of these events!