Dogs Have Their Very Own Easter Egg Hunt

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Tinley Park, IL – April 16, 2011 marked the 4th Annual P.A.W.S. Easter Egg Hunt held at Tinley Park from 10:00am until 12:00pm, an event designed to raise funds for P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter.  Even the cool, damp weather couldn’t keep these dogs and their owners away from this annual event, as the park came alive with dogs dressed up in their Easter finest (or raincoats) to start the search for 3,000 plastic Easter eggs, each filled with a special dog treat.

Each participant donated $10.00 per dog for this fun Easter event, each bringing a joy of the outdoors and finding treats of course!  One Golden Retriever named Spring (how appropriate), was dressed in a red raincoat for this outdoor activity, while owner Lisa Hiller of Lockport walked her around for her chance at collecting the plastic eggs.  Many others joined in the festivities, like Paula and Ed Kasper who drove up from Steger with their beagles, and Jen Shileny of Tinley Park, owner of Durango, who was masquerading as the Easter bunny himself, complete with the pointy ears!

After the Easter egg hunt, the dogs and their owners had the opportunity to have their pictures taken with the Easter bunny, and also had time to spend in the park, taking stock of the treats they found during the hunt.  Take a look at these six photos, courtesy of Triblocal.

Dressed in their red rain coats, from left to right, Mira, Tater Tot and Spring are ready to join their owners for the P.A.W.S. Easter Egg Hunt. (Melissa R. Riske/TribLocal)

The crowd takes off as the egg hunt begins. (Melissa R. Riske/TribLocal)

With her nose to the ground Ellie Mae the beagle helps her owner Paula Kasper of Steger as they search for plastic eggs filled with treats during the egg hunt. (Melissa R. Riske/TribLocal)

Tinley Park resident Jen Shileny dressed her dog, Durango, with bunny ears for the event. (Melissa R. Riske/TribLocal)

People and their pets take off for the P.A.W.S. Easter Egg Hunt April 16. (Melissa R. Riske/TribLocal)

After the egg hunt Diane Centner of Tinley Park and her dog, Buddy, stopped for a photo with the Easter Bunny. (Melissa R. Riske/TribLocal)

P.A.W.S. is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, relief of suffering of animals, and humane education.  P.A.W.S. holds many fundraising events to raise money to care for the animals, and is always in need of volunteers; adults and teenagers.