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Doggie dining event raises money for local animal shelter (Part III)

Despite cloudy weather with an occasional light drizzle, residents from all over McHenry County made it out to Port Edwards' weekly Yappy Hour benefit for local animal shelters. Helping Paws Animal Shelter in Woodstock was the featured shelter of the Aug. 17 evening event.

"I think with the weather, the turnout is better than we expected," said Ravelle Schwab of Helping Paws Animal Shelter.

Locals, accompanied by their canine companions, dined and sipped cocktails on the Algonquin restaurant's outdoor patio bordering the Fox River. Golden retrievers, labrador retrievers, poodles, beagles, westies, dachshunds and mixed breeds intermingled and begged for tasty treats from their owners plates.

Shelter employees were also in attendance selling treats and reuniting with some of the shelters adoptees.

"A few of the dogs here tonight were adopted from Helping Paws," said Sherry Gelasi of Helping Paws Animal Shelter.

As first-timers to Yappy Hours, which debuted at Port Edwards last summer, Helping Paws employees learned of the event through the McHenry County Animal Welfare Coalition, a group of shelters and rescue groups that get together to come up with solutions for decreasing the population of owner-less pets, said Schwab.

"It's really nice that (Port Edwards) is doing this," Gelasi said. "We're really happy everybody came."

The event gave 20 percent of its proceeds to Helping Paws Animal Shelter. Each week a different animal shelter is represented.

Port Edwards' doggie dining event takes place at 5 p.m. every Tuesday through September, weather permitting, at Port Edwards, 20 W. Algonquin Road, Algonquin.

For more photos from this event, click here.

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