EDWARDSVILLE — Downtown Edwardsville will experience the ninth annual Crawl for a Cause pub crawl Saturday, April 9, to support Partners for Pets and Watershed Nature Center.
Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite music artist or group of any genre. Costumes are highly encouraged, but participants are required to wear the pub crawl shirt in some fashion. The T-shirt is the ticket to the event.
“I think it’s absolutely wonderful to receive the donation from this fundraiser,” Partners for Pets Operation Manager Margie Moore said. “The animals we help usually come from the animal control facility. We love that we are able to give these animals a second chance at life.”
Partners for Pets is a licensed nonprofit no-kill animal rescue in Troy. The organization regularly visits animal control facilities and rescues animals that have used up their time, need medical care or are too fragile for shelter life. Part of the services Partners for Pets provides is care to each animal prior to adoption including booster shots, deworming, heartworm check and monthly preventative, rabies shot, spay or neuter, grooming, flea and tick prevention and other necessary care.
Adoptions are held at the O’Fallon, Ill., PetSmart from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Saturday of the month and at the Glen Carbon PetSmart every Sunday and the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. They are also now at Petco in Edwardsville Crossing on the second and fourth Sunday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cat adoptions are at the PetSmart Glen Carbon location only.
“It took roughly $550,000 to run Partners for Pets last year,” Moore said. “Most of these animals would probably be put down if we didn’t take them in. It’s very rewarding to save a life, no matter how small. We rely so much on donations to provide the services needed to save these animals.”
Also benefiting from the event is the Watershed Nature Center, an organization known to provide education, teach conservation and work toward nature restoration in Edwardsville.
The center is a non-profit organization and is home to more than 40 acres of prairie, forest and wetland habitats. The center features paved walking trails, a raised marsh walk and a welcome center. The center is dedicated to providing environmental education, passive recreation and enjoyment of native habitats for Edwardsville and surrounding communities.
The center is owned by the city of Edwardsville, managed by the Nature Preserve Foundation Inc., and supported by a local community of volunteers and sponsors. The center is part of the Cahokia Creek watershed.Tickets are $30 for a standard ticket and $40 for a premium ticket. Tickets includes a food buffet, exclusive drink specials and prizes.
Anyone wishing to attend may email a shirt size to CrawlForACauseEdw@gmail.com, checks payable to ECF. Organizers suggest liking Crawl for a Cause on Facebook to receive updates.
The Pub Crawl kicks off at Big Daddy’s at 5:30 p.m. before moving on to a lip syncing contest at Laurie’s Place at 7 p.m.
Anyone interested in adopting a pet or making a donation to Partners for Pets can visit www.partnersforpetsil.org or call (618) 540-7387 for information. Contact the Watershed Nature Center at 1591 Tower Ave. in Edwardsville, (618) 692-7578 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make a donation or volunteer.