As the dog days of summer come to an end, the Aurora Animal Care and Control (AACC) is excited to announce Aurora's first-ever dog parade scheduled for next month.
The 2018 Aurora Pooch Parade will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 9 at Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive. The theme is “Who Let the Dogs Out?” and registration is now open.
To participate in the parade, all dogs must be current on vaccinations, socialized, standard-leashed and live in Aurora. Space is limited.
Owners can register their pooch online at www.aurora-il.org/PoochParade until Friday, August 31 or until the first 100 dogs are entered.
The first 100 registrants are guaranteed a spot in the parade and are eligible to compete for the following awards: Fan Favorite, Biggest Dog, Smallest Dog, Best Aurora Pride, Best Costume, Best Tail, Most Beautiful Eyes, Most Energetic and Best Look-A-Like (owner and dog).
In an effort to highlight animals available for adoption at AACC, the Grand Marshal for the 2018 Aurora Pooch Parade is Leroy Jenkins, a 3-year-old rescue Chihuahua. Leroy was adopted by Alex Voigt, Aurora Deputy Chief of Staff after Mayor Irvin visited the AACC during his first month in office. Leroy was featured in the mayor’s 100th Day gathering and quickly became a community-favorite.
“I never imagined the impact he would have on my life,” said Voigt. “From the first day we met, we sort of chose each other, and it’s been an eventful year. Leroy Jenkins is part of my family and there are so many more dogs like him waiting to find forever-homes. I encourage everyone who is considering a pet to visit AACC and make a connection.”
Dogs available for adoption will be on site during the parade and guests are encouraged to bring donations to support AACC, including grain-free canned food and treats, small beds, shampoo, brushes and combs, fleece blankets and squeaky toys of all sizes.
Stationed at the historic Phillips Park Sunken Garden area, the Aurora Pooch Parade is fun for the entire family with music, pet demonstrations, puppy pools, pet supply vendors and food trucks.
Guests are encouraged to bring their dog and enjoy the free celebration.