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Residents gather to celebrate man’s best friend

Dog lovers of all ages braved the rain and cold Sunday to celebrate man’s best friend during the 12th annual Paws in the Park Walk and Pet Fest in Crystal Lake. Helping Paws Animal Shelter in Woodstock hosted the event at Veteran Acres Park, and aimed to help dogs find new homes. The event raised more than $10,000 for the shelter whose only sources of income are donations and adoption fees. Besides the walk along the trails at the park, dog owners and their canine companions competed in best voice and kiss competitions and played games like musical spots, the dog version of musical chairs. For more information about Helping Paws, visit www.helpingpaws.net. www.twitter.com/lsynett

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