Category: “Events”

Halloween Adoption Event!

Happy almost Halloween everyone! We will be having an adoption event at Rockys in Lindenhurst (1440 E Grand Ave, Lindenhurst, IL 60046) on Sunday from 12 to 5. We will be joined by lots of our adorable adoptables who are in search of their forever homes! Dress your furry friend up in a fun Halloween costume and join the fun!

If you are interested in adoption check our our adoptables and submit a completed application from

Adoption Event Weekend!

We have lots of adoptables that are waiting to meet their forever families this weekend at the Pets Supplies Plus in Gurnee on Saturday from 11-3 and Sunday from 12-3. Could you be their forever family?!

Saturday we will be joined by Blitz, Celeste, Charlie Brown, Cooper, Fowler, Hinata, Hunnie Bee, Jake, Kono, Mandy, Monroe, Regan, Robin, Sosa, Tabitha, Trinity, Uno, Vailey, Vanda, Walley, Wilson, Yuko, Zizi, Lila, Rayne and more!

Pets Supplies Plus is also having their company wide adoption weekend this week and has coupons, Kong totes and treats to pass out to adopters make sure you take part!

If you have been considering adoption get your application in now so we can begin the preapproval process. You will find our application Any questions let us know!

Fundraiser & Mega-Adoption Event in Algonquin, IL

Fundraiser & Adoption Event at Port Edwards, Algonquin, IL

Banner for fundraiser & adoption event at Port Edwards, Algonquin, IL


 A Fundraiser & Mega-Adoption Event

at Port Edwards in Algonquin from 4:30 pm – DUSK

in partnership with: Paws & Lickers & Rescue Warriors Corp.

Sometimes the lives you bring in, the miles you travel to make them safe, the medical coverage you extend to insure the proper healing takes place … begins to add up. It takes a lot of resources to save each life that come through our rescue doors. It takes a lot of hearts and homes to make sure the damage and stress is undone and the second chances begin with happy hops and solid footing. It takes incredible foster love and non-stop volunteer support to make the arms add up to the intakes routinely needing help. We urgently look toward our community dedication to help raise the awareness of understanding and support of our life-altering work. The smiles and love shining from the family, friends and adoptables standing in the crowds are an emotional break for the ones we could not save. The calls from the owner surrenders we could not take in as our own space was depleted. This fundraiser allows our rescues to seek your assistance just by coming out to have some dinner, listen to some music and bring along your canine companions. Or perchance come out and meet the one that was waiting just for you. See available adoptables to be onsite at event below.

Come out to participate in a dog-friendly dining experience off the river while 15% of food proceeds for the evening will be donated to Wagging Hearts and Rescue Warriors Corp. of Elgin. Meet some life-changing adoptables from both rescues who are looking to connect with their forever homes. Come sit and enjoy the talents of Ronnie Nyles, singer/songwriter/recording artist from Milwaukee who is performing for this impactful event. Ronnie, as well as others, understand the path-altering impact of raising funds to put toward the cycle of saves, healing and forever homes. Please share and come out for an evening of support, laughter and puppy dog kisses (even some kitten kuddles too). Come meet some of the dedicated members of the rescues who fight for the lives that need someone to save them. Someone to see them. Pick up some educational materials on: IL State animal advocacy laws, Why fostering is so important, Jack Sparrow Story, Wagging Hearts Medical Cases and more. Email for any questions or interest.

Come out to Port Edwards on September 16 and meet these adorable personalities:

The Port Edward Restaurant has offered their beautiful outdoor patio for our events, and will also be graciously donating 15% of all outside food purchases to these rescues.

Singer/Song Writer/Recording Artist Ronnie Nyles of Milwaukee will also be lending her talents for this cause and will be performing live on September 16th.

Everyone is coming together in support of these rescues and to help animals in need. It is our intention to make this one of the biggest fundraisers to date, for these two very special rescues. Please spread the word and come out in support.

Fundraiser & Mega-Adoption Event in Algonquin, IL flyer.


September 16: Official Kickoff Fundraiser, Mega-Adoption Event, Live Music
Doggie Dine-Out Night #1

September 23: Doggie Dine-Out Night #2

September 30: Doggie Dine-Out Night #3

Check out the participating rescues: Rescue Warriors Corp. & Paws & Lickers

• Weather conditions for all dates will be Sun/Rain/Sleet/Snow = We’re Chicagoans, we’ll make it work!

• If you know of someone who is looking for a pet, please encourage them to foster and/or adopt a new pet. Many people do not think twice about it, but buying from a pet store only encourages back yard breeders and puppy mills to keep producing. There are already so many pets needing homes, please promote fostering and adopting whenever, wherever you can.

• We will have our current fosters parading about these events, hoping to make a connection and find their forever homes. Available pets and foster/adoption applications can be viewed online and filled out prior to these events.

• Please feel free to bring and donate any used pet items you may have lying around the house to donate. Our rescues are always in need of dog/puppy food (dry and moist), slip leads, leashes, collars, crates, paper towels, bleach, towels, cleaning bedding, pillows, potty pads, dog beds, puppy pens, etc.

• T-Shirts supporting each of these rescues can be purchased prior to these events at:
Paws & Lickers

• If you would be interested in volunteering your time at this event, we can always use people to care for the pups, help setup and breakdown event, move supplies. Please email: and to be notified event details. You will also be notified for future adoption events/calls for incoming transport assistance.

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In Vino Caritas – In wine, there is charity.


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IN VINO CARITAS  … In wine, there is charity.

In Vino Caritas_medicalsJoin Wagging Hearts as we raise our glasses in a toast for the lives we are saving together. Your donations allow us to continue taking in the ones desperate for a hand to help them become healthier, happier and whole. Each dollar raised helps Wagging Hearts:

  • Continue to take in serious medical situations injured through 
circumstance, neglect or abuse.
  • Provide continued and consistent vetting care to the adoptables 
currently awaiting forever love.
  • Rescue, rehab and recover the shattered lives of animal victims like 
Jack Sparrow, Faith, Renny and so many more.

Stay for wine tasting, appetizers and raffle auction for 10 give-away gifts!! Preorder your raffle tickets through the Wagging Hearts PayPal link accessible at or head over to our FB page to join event.

In Vino Caritas_raffle ticketWagging Hearts can’t take all the medical, all the injured, all the neglected … but we can make a difference in the lives we can save, change & heal. Be a part of making a difference on Friday, June 20th.

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National Adoption Days at Petco : March 8th & 9th

WH_Event-banner2Who is going to come out and meet our adorable adoptables this weekend!!

Don’t miss our 2-day adoption event jammed pack with more lives seeking forever love wrapped in a forever home. Saturday, March 8th from 11 AM – 4 PM and then again on Sunday, March 9th from 11 AM – 3 PM at the Petco in Round Lake Beach, IL. Visit with us, cuddle with a pup, connect with an adorable adoptable and make an impact. Check out our Facebook page to see who will be onsite each day and fill out an adoption or foster application ahead of time. Don’t forget to LIKE us and follow our impact. Come prepared and leave with a new life shining bright with happiness and joy. Don’t miss this opportunity to find another piece of your heart. Adopt, foster, support. What will your impact be?

FOSTER HOMES needed for: Apollo, Barbara, Bryson, Lokie and Ninja (photos to come, brand new adoptable).

LOCATION: Petco in Round Lake Beach, IL

DATES & TIMES: March 8th from 11 AM – 4 PM & March 9th from 11 AM – 3 PM

Why Adopt?

Adoption Process & Fees

Consider Fostering with Wagging Hearts

Why Foster?

Consider donating to a phenomenal cause like ‘Caring for Carter’.

Email questions to We hope to see you there!!



‘Hearts’ On Our Sleeves – Nov. 16

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Look out Des Plaines, Wagging Hearts is coming to town on Saturday, November 16th from Noon to 4 p.m. with our ‘Hearts’ on our sleeves looking for some forever love with some adorable adoptables. Come out and witness the beautiful personalities seeking a new home with joy in their eyes just to see YOU. Pop in to talk to us about fostering opportunities, adoptions, volunteering or support us through donations which can be dropped off during the event. We would love to meet you and thank you in person. Bring the family and consider going home with one of our ‘Hearts’, so deserving of a home to call their own. Perhaps drop by just to review our adoptables binder to see if one of our other adoptables in foster may be a better match and discuss with someone from Wagging Hearts in person. We can’t wait to see you there and will tell our ‘Hearts’ that some new friends and potentially forever families are on their way!! See you soon. Email questions to

Saturday, November 16th from 12 – 4 PM
1445 E Oakton St Suite C, Des Plaines, IL 60018
Adorable Adoptables coming to town:
(as coordinated with more to come)
Allie, Apollo, Athena, China (new pittie), Happy (new boxer), Hogan, Holly, Kiko (new shitz Tzu), Little Gracie, LuLu, Molly, Tessa (new pittie), Tilly, Vinny and pups (2 beagle mixes, 2 terrier pups). And more as they are announced.

ADOPTION EVENT – Find yourself some forever love!

Sun., Oct. 27 from 12-4 PM

Come out and join us today and see our adorable adoptables looking for some real,
forever love.
We will be at the Petco in Round Lake Beach, IL from 12 PM to 4 PM waiting to show off our luscious personalities. Stop by and peruse our adoption binder and chat with us about the wide array of lives we have saved and who are looking for a home just like yours!! Discuss adoption, fostering or supporting Wagging Hearts.

Who is attending today’s event?

Jimmy, Sadie, Spunky, Bullwinkle (new to our rescue), Daisy, Sugar Baby, Mary,
(new to our rescue), Dolly (new to our rescue), Big Boy, Bear, Phoebe, Lola,
and Chester.

Need to connect with Wagging Hearts?

Email us at or call (855) WAGGING.

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Don’t miss our next two events:

October 26th: Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade in Algonquin, IL

October 27th: Adoption Event at Petco in Round Lake Beach, IL

Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade in Algonquin, IL – October 26th


Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade

in Algonquin, IL, Saturday, October 26th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Come out in Halloween flair and costume-style this Saturday, October 26th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in Algonquin, IL for the fourth annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade sponsored by The Dog Waggin. This kid-friendly and pet-driven dog parade starts off at 1:00 pm at the Algonquin Village Hall. Owners and their dogs come dressed in costumes and parade from Village Hall to High Hill Park.

Come out and join Wagging Hearts in celebration of our pets during this 2013 Halloween celebration. Join us to meet some of our adorable adoptables and share in some tender love if not for just a moment of time. While there please don’t hesitate to discuss adoption, fostering or how you may be able to support us with our life-saving mission of rescuing, caring and sharing the many lives we are able to save…with all of you. We love to meet those who share in our vision of providing a better future to so many in need. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fee: $5 (R) / $8 (N/R)
Deadline to register: October 23rd, 2013
Register online or at Ganek Municipal Center 2200 Harnish Drive.

If you are too late in registering for parade, please feel free to come out at enjoy the sights of the many dogs in costumes that attend to walk to High Hill Park. Get ready because at 2:00 pm they will all arrive in single file style!! So don’t delay and come out to meet and greet, talk or just pass some love along to some of our adorable adoptables in attendance. (Names to come as we will have some puppies and adult dogs as ambassadors for Wagging Hearts.)

Have questions or inquiries, connect with us today! Share our flyer and invite some others to join!!


ADOPTION Event – Oct. 5th & 6th in Round Lake Beach, IL

WH_Event-bannerminiADOPTION EVENT at Petco on October 5th & 6th

Our next ADOPTION EVENT at Petco in Round Lake Beach, IL is on Saturday, October 5th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then again on Sunday, October 6th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will have many of our wonderful adoptables onsite to make a love connection. Consider filling out an adoption application ahead of time!! Learn more about the positive impact of opening your home to a foster pet while they wait for forever love. We have several beautiful rescues waiting in boarding for a foster home to open up. Inquire today and fill out a foster application ahead of time!! Have some donation items? Bring them by and stop to say hello. Grab a kiss or two from one of our adorable adoptables. Talk to us about volunteer opportunities or just to catch up on your adopted alumnist. We can’t wait to see you there!!

SATURDAY, October 5th, 2013: Beacon, Big Boy, Blue, Chester, Clyde, Ditka, Emilia (new arrival), Fiona, Goliath, Hannah, JoJo, LatteLexi, Lillia, Lucy, Maggie, Nala, ParkerPayton, Peepers, Queenie, Sabrina (new arrival), Tigger, Zippy and lastly our new lab puppies arrivals.

SUNDAY, October 6th, 2013: Same but subject to change. Please connect with us at if you would like to check on the status of an adoptable to check on a meet and greet potential.

Visit our Facebook Adoptopn Event album to become a part of the latest updates today!

VOLUNTEER Opportunity:We are looking for some volunteers to assist as our event animal caregivers. We will be bringing rescues from boarding who need someone to look after them as well as some rescues in foster homes who will be at event without a handler so we are in need of some gentle hearts ready to provide a guiding hand. All that we ask is that you walk and talk your rescue around giving them he best exposure to connect with forever love. Take them outside for crowd and potty breaks, provide water and loving reassurance. Watch out for them and insure they are properly cared for while in your hands during the event. Email if you can share a few life-changing hours with our rescues. They seem to show a little better when they are not alone among the crowd and portray a more relaxed, calm and happy demeanor. Let’s help them shine, connect with us today!