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Local pet events: Jan. 21 through Jan. 29

Search for owls and learn their habits during a “Hoot Hike” at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Preserve on Jan. 24.
Search for owls and learn their habits during a “Hoot Hike” at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Preserve on Jan. 24.


•  Citizen Science Bat Monitoring Program – Sign-up deadline is April 1. First come, first served. For information, call Forest Preserve District of Will County’s volunteer supervisor Renee Gauchat at 815-722-7364. For information, visit

• Free dry dog food – For active and retired U.S. military personnel. Monthly program. Must be picked up by the owner in Joliet. Proof of military service is required if you are retired. For information and a short telephone interview, call COPE Animal Rescue at 815-342-0378.

• Injured wildlife – Contact a wildlife rehabilitator by visiting or

• The Forest Preserve District of Will County dog parks – Permit required. For information, visit

• Volunteers needed for 58th annual mid-winter Bald Eagle Count – Jan. 27 and 28. For information, call Terrence Ingram at 815-594-2306 before Jan. 27.


3rd annual Spayghetti & No Balls Benefit –  6 p.m. Feb. 24, Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 N. Naperville Blvd., Naperville. Dinner, drinks, games, entertainment, silent auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit homeless pets and families in need in Illinois. $40. Includes one drink ticket. For tickets and information, visit

4H Tailwaggers Dog Obedience – Classes will be 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays beginning Jan. 27. Open house is 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 20, Stone City Kennel Club, 13606 W. Laraway Road, New Lenox. For information, contact Barb at or Shirley Streich at 815-478-4362.

• “Animal Olympics” – 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 10, Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville. Find out which Illinois animals excel at moving fast, balancing, hopping and more. Participants will test their own skills and strengths compared to what animals can do during this active and fun indoor program. Ages 3 to 7 with adult. Free. Register by Feb. 8, at or 815-886-1467.

• Fur Ball – 7 p.m. March 24, Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel, 151 N. Joliet St., Joliet. Benefits Will County Humane Society. For tickets and information, call 815-741-0695 or visit

• Mardis Paws Fundraiser – 7 to 11 p.m., Feb. 17, Moose Lodge 25, Springfield Ave., Joliet. Food, open bar, raffle baskets, 50/50 drawing, DJ and photo booth. Prize for best mask. $30 in advance. $35 at the door. Benefits Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue. For tickets, email com.

Jan. 21

• Cabin fever, decor pallet painting – Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 22, NAWS Humane Society of Illinois, 9981 W. 190th St., Suite A, Mokena. Choose from more than 40 designs including doggie and rescue quotes. Snacks provided, bring own beverages. $45. Portion of proceeds benefits NAWS. For tickets and information, visit

Jan. 22

• “Hoot Hike” registration deadline – Event is 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 24, Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum. Hike along a path with a naturalist while exploring owl habitat and listening for their calls. Learn about owl biology, mating behavior and owl mythology. Participants will hike .3 miles on natural surfaces. The program will begin inside and continue outdoors. The free program is for all ages. Register at or by calling 815-886-1467.

Jan. 24

• Cat adoption – 5 to 7 p.m.; also 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 28, Bolingbrook PetSmart on Weber Road. If the cat you’re looking for isn’t there or those times don’t work for you, call Humane Haven Animal Shelter at 630-378-4208 for information or an appointment. All Humane Haven cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, FeLV/FIV tested and have their distemper and rabies shots.

Jan. 26

• Cops & Rockers – 5:30 to 11 p.m., Plainfield Moose, 16310 S. Lincoln Hwy., Plainfield. Doors open 5 p.m. Entertainment by BurningBridges at 8 p.m. $20 (dinner and entertainment). After 8 p.m.: $10 at the door. Benefits Plainfield Police K9 Memorial. Buy tickets at

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