September 29, 2012 6:45:14 AM PDT
There are tons of pets in the Chicago area who are homeless and are looking for a loving place to stay forever.

On Sunday, September 30, 2012, the West Suburban Humane Society ( wants to find homes for a few dogs with is 19th annual fundraiser, the "Barkapalooza Dog Walkathon and Pet Expo." ( Lana McKenna, Controller/ Treasurer and WSHS spokesperson, and Amy Gogolin, Development Director of the WSHS, came into our ABC7 studio with two adoptable dogs to tell us about the event and share tips if you're looking to adopt a dog.

    Criteria for adopting a dog
  • Temperament first
  • Don't worry too much about breed
  • Don't worry about adopting an adult dog
  • Tell the shelter what you are looking for and listen to their advice
  • Be honest with yourself about how much time you have to work with the dog

19th Annual Barkapalooza Dog Walkathon and Pet Expo benefiting the West Suburban Humane Society

Sunday, September 30, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lisle Community Park
1825 Short Street
Lisle, IL

Adult registration fee: $15

Children 12 and younger: Free

Registration fee waived for walkers with $100 or more in collected pledges

Fundraising is not necessary to attend Barkapalooza, but it is welcomed and encouraged.

Schedule of Events:

9:30 Early Registration
10:00 Blessing for the Animals
10:15 Let the Walk begin!
10:30 B-Noz the Clown: Face painting, balloon sculpture and games
10:30 Agility Junkies Demonstration
11:30 Dog Scouts of America Doggy Olympics
2:00 Raffle winner announced

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