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Paw Lickin’ fundraiser helps pets in need

Published: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 11:20 p.m. CST
(Danielle Guerra –
Paw Lickin' Good owner Carol Dean points to a puzzle raffle where customers pay for a chance to pick the missing puzzle piece at the store in Sycamore on Monday, August 18, 2014. Paw Lickin' Good, in the Hyvee shopping complex, is celebrating their eighth anniversary with a rescue fundraiser benefitting Tails, the Humane Society, and Raven's Husky Haven & Rescue all this week. On Saturday, Paw Lickin' Good will have a party outside the parking lot with prizes, vendors, and adoptable dogs. If you pick the missing puzzle piece to the puzzle on the right, you get a 15 percent in-store discount for six months.

SYCAMORE – Paw Lickin’ Good co-owner Carol Dean hopes this Saturday’s fundraiser will be bigger and better than the one they held last year.

This year’s fundraiser will benefit TAILS Humane Society, 2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb; Ravens Husky Haven and Rescue, 27779 E. Five Points Road, Sycamore, and Chicagoland Lab Rescue in Oak Brook.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 2684 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore in conjunction with Paw Lickin Good’s eighth anniversary. It will include a raffle, about 10 vendors and various contests.

“We really believe in promoting adoptions as opposed to buying dogs and cats,” Dean said. “We consider it a service to the community. It’s what we’re all about. We want to give back to the community.”

The rescue organizations will use the money to care for animals, helping provide medical care, food and housing, Dean said.

At TAILS, funds will go toward paying for special food that some animals need, said Executive Director Michelle Groeper. About 45 percent of TAILS’ $1 million total budget comes from donations, Groeper said.

Groeper profiled three animals who receive special food for various reasons. Shepherd and Siberian husky mix Bo is being treated for noncontagious demodectic mange. Volunteers are feeding him a limited ingredient diet to ensure that his skin issues are not being made worse by an inconsistent diet or allergies, Groeper said.

Domestic shorthair mix Milly is on prescription food to prevent urinary crystals, which can be common in cats, Groeper said. Another domestic shorthair mix, Boo Boo, is on Primal raw cat food TAILS buys from Paw Lickin’ Good to treat feline irritable bowel syndrome, she said.

“Coming into an animal shelter can be stressful for animals, especially cats,” Groeper said. “Sometimes they either may not eat as much because they’re stressed or have litter box issues. As such, they may be put on a special diet to get it under control.”

Some events Paw Lickin’ Good is holding for the fundraiser have already started. Customers can send pictures of their dogs playing with toys to win a pencil sketch from an artist. Shoppers also can buy tickets for a chance to solve three different puzzles for prizes; the grand prize is 15 percent off purchases at Paw Lickin’ Good for six months.

“It’s going to be fun and profitable, hopefully, for homeless animals that need forever homes,” Dean said.

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