ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles family’s dog has been named the 2016 Pets-a-Palooza “spokespet,” Anderson Animal Shelter announced in a news release.
As spokespet, Smoke, a 10-year-old beagle mix, will greet attendees at the event as well as lead the pet parade and walk, the release stated.
Pets-a-Palooza is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Mooseheart Child City and School, which is off Route 31 between North Aurora and Batavia.
Smoke, whose owners are Jason and Jessica Parthun of St. Charles, won the role through an online voting contest featuring four other finalist dogs, all of which were adopted from Anderson Animal Shelter, the release stated.
According to the release, the family adopted Smoke in 2010 and could tell upon meeting him that he was scared and seemed to show previous signs of neglect.
The release quoted Jessica Parthun’s contest entry, which summarized Smoke’s progress with the family.
“With lots of love, training and positive reinforcement, he is the picture of health ... and is extremely loving to all of our family (we have added one other dog and two more kids since his adoption) and anyone who greats him (pets and people),” the release stated.
Beth Drake, the shelter’s executive director, stated in the release that Smoke is an example of a pet’s unconditional love and the difference that caring and committed adopters can make in an animal’s life.
“Pets-a-Palooza is a celebration of all our pets like Smoke, and we enjoyed hearing from so many other adopters who shared their stories with us,” Drake stated in the release.
The event is free, but a registration fee is required to participate in the pet parade, which is set for 12:30 p.m. Online registration is available at www.andersonanimalshelter.org/PetsAPalooza and costs $25 for individual walkers and $75 for families up to four people, with $10 for each additional family member. Onsite registration will be available for an additional $5 fee.
The release indicated participants may also create their own fundraising page to seek donations.