‘Tails and Trails’ connects local dog owners to Washington Park District

Published: Sep. 18, 2022 at 4:47 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON, Ill. (25 News Now) - Washington held a first-of-its-kind Tails and Trails dog walk to bring local pups to the park trail.

Dog-friendly vendors offered locally made treats and other goods. There were several vendors and food options available for the accompanying people as well.

Rescues and shelters showed off their animals available for adoption. Grafelman Farms Rescue uses a foster-only system. They don’t put animals in a shelter but volunteers keep them in their homes.

Buddy Clark of GFR said it gets them used to a home environment. There were dogs of varying ages and sizes available for adoption, from 2- year old Chihuahua-mix Whiskey to 12-week-old puppies.

All the rescues hoped for lots of interest, applications, and ultimately adoptions as a park of the event.

“Dogs make life better,” Clark said. “It’s as simple as that, there’s been some tough ones, ones that are tough to let go but it’s rewarding seeing them go to a very good home.”

For those who already have a dog, Washington Park offered a pet blessing, trail walk, and a pet photographer.