From September 28 to October 28, the Hinsdale Humane Society is hosting five fundraising events over four weeks for “Roving Petoberfest” with activities scheduled to include chili, a “paws and pumpkins” cat cafe and three-way concerts different microbrewery locations in the region.
Proceeds from each event will go towards the organization’s efforts to alleviate what is the “true animal welfare crisis right now,” said Deborah Kraus, director of development at the Hinsdale Humane Society.
“We don’t get as many referred adoptions as we take in homeless pets, which are left homeless for various reasons,” Kraus said.
One of these reasons is a shortage of workers in the veterinary community, which leads to fewer neuters and neuters.
“And so more kittens born,” she explained. “Many people struggling economically would rather give up an animal than be able to afford to care for it. There really are a lot of homeless pets…we, and just about any other shelter, are really full.
According to shelter staff, they took in 17 homeless or abandoned dogs on Wednesday.
Hinsdale Humane Society is working with a group of volunteer pilots with private planes that will fly dogs from overrun areas to shelters with some space.
Kraus said they are fortunate to have a strong foster program in place where many volunteers take acquired animals into their homes until the animal is adopted permanently.
Whether a cat or dog needs to be checked out before being taken in by an adoptive owner or receives ongoing care while at the shelter, the benefits of Roving Petoberfest will directly benefit those animals, Kraus said.
Several events and programs at the shelter focus on community outreach to better educate pet owners on how to care for an animal. Recently they launched a new and improved Animal Advocate Academy.
“We need a lot of help because there are a lot of animals that need helping,” she said.
For the fall activities lineup, Kraus said he wants to do something different this year and offer a little something for everyone. Hinsdale Humane Society has partnered with three West Suburb microbreweries for those interested in craft beers, live music and a raffle basket.
On September 28 at Two Hound Red Brewing Co. from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Glen Ellyn, anyone who mentions “Hinsdale Humane Society” when ordering food or drink will receive 10% back.
Same offer at Milk Money Brewing at La Grange on October 11 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the added bonus of performances by guitarist JD Kostyk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
And at another Wheaton brewery, Dry City Brew Works, the Hinsdale Humane Society will showcase some of its adoptable dogs from 3-5 p.m.
One of the shelter’s most popular attractions is the cat cafe, which will have a Halloween twist for “paws and pumpkins” on October 22.
The $20 entry fee includes “cats to entertain guests and pumpkins to decorate,” Kraus said.
The Oct. 9 chili contest will take place during the Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings game, which will be played in the lobby at 21 Salt Creek Lane in Hinsdale while hot chili crockpots will be devoured outside. There will also be whiskey tasting, beer, snacks, a fire truck for the kids and a raffle basket.
A number of local police officers were asked to serve as judges to crown the “best chili,” Kraus said.
“Come watch the Bears for free and hope they do well,” she added. “Football, chili and a fire truck – what more could you ask for?”
To register for the chili cook-off and for more information about Roving Petoberfest, including an online auction and animal photo contest, visit hinsdalehumanesociety.org.