Real Dog Moms of Chicago find innovative ways to raise pet rescue awareness

By Justin Horowitz
Medill Reports

Approximately six million companion animals enter rescue shelters each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

To raise awareness of overcrowding in shelters, community organization Real Dog Moms of Chicago is hosting weekly events benefiting rescue centers in the city. The group’s events are a space for dog owners and dogs alike to socialize and explore other neighborhoods. Events range from Doggy High Tea Parties to Backyard Barbecues. This past week’s event was a trip to the Doggy Paddle Swim School.

Swimming is a great source of exercise for dogs, according to the American Kennel Club. Swimming is especially useful for puppies and canines with disabilities. The pool provides a safe, playful and effective method for dogs to use all the muscles in their body. Heated pools at Doggy Paddle Aquatic Center for Dogs in Bucktown allowed these pups to splash around in the middle of January.

Photo at top: Dogs gather at Doggy Paddle Aquatic Center for Dogs to wait for their turn to jump in the pool. (Justin Horowitz/MEDILL)