Aurora – The City of Aurora hosted their 5th annual Bark Bone-anza Sunday, May 19th at Tails n’ Trails, the city’s dog park near Sunny Lake Park. The event is largely planned and run by Freedom Greyhound Rescue (FGR).
According to Colleen Martin, the Community Events Coordinator for Aurora’s Parks and Recreation Department, Bark Bone-anza started five years ago after the city opened the dog park. That was when Peggy Hilinski stepped forward.
Hilinski is the President of Freedom Greyhound Rescue. FGR is a non-profit organization that is run entirely by volunteers. They rescue greyhounds and place them into foster homes because they do not have a physical site to hold them in kennels. According to Hilinski, “We get our dogs from Florida and then place them here. Our intention is to get the dogs from the track retired. They’re race dogs, and some of them only last 18 months, others 5 years, and then they’re destroyed, so we find homes for them.”
She decided to plan events such as the Bark Bone-anza not only to help educate the community about FGR, but also to help other rescues. “We do this to raise awareness for all the local rescues, and we also held a pledge walk. Any pledges that we get are split amongst the groups that participate.”
According to the FGR website, the next event benefiting the group is the Dog Days of Summer car wash taking place at Waterway Carwash. One dollar of each carwash is to be donated to FGR. For more information, visit www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org