Bulldogs Unleashed Celebrates National Pet Day by Announcing Foster Dog Campaign

Wed April 11, 2018

Batavia, Illinois- Bulldogs Unleashed, partnering with Batavia MainStreet and the Batavia Chamber of Commerce announced today the names of participating Batavia businesses and their foster painted pooches by area artists arriving in May.  Visit the following ten Batavia businesses starting on May 11, with kickoff at the Second Fridays Art Walk from 6-9 p.m.

K. Hollis Jewelers, 147 S. Randall Rd: “Riverwalk Rover” by Rebecca Allen

Funway, 1335 S. River Rd: “PopArt Dog” by Lindsey Roussel

Batavia Family Dental, 109 S. Batavia Ave: “Liberty” by  Sarah Engel

Chapters Coffeehouse, 10 S. Batavia Ave: “Foodie” by Katie Drum

Beardsgaard Barbers, 117 S. Batavia Ave:  “Barbershop Dog” by Lindsey Roussel

The Tea Tree, 29 N. River St:  “Champ” by Sharon Sychta

J. DeCarlo Salon and Spa, 139 S. Batavia Ave: “Prairie Dog” by Claire Sychta

Kiss the Sky, 180 W. First St: “Artie” by Joseph Gagnepain

Urban Style Salon and Spa, 3 E. Wilson St: “Night and Day” by Amanda Pijnappels

All Spoked Up, 3 Webster St: “Rex” by Joseph Gagnepain

The 4-month foster dog promotion focuses on the tabletop 17” size bulldog statues with in-store promotions at ten Batavia business locations where the public can purchase raffle tickets to be the “forever owner” of these one-of-a-kind hand painted pups.  Jamie Saam, Executive Director of Batavia MainStreet comments, “We are very excited to welcome the Bulldogs back to Downtown Batavia in 2018! The addition of the Foster Dogs in some of our downtown businesses will give MainStreet and the Chamber a great opportunity to assist with the program as well as get people moving around town. We love that we can tie in with this already successful promotion and help to raise funds for three Batavia community non-profits.”  Bulldogs Unleashed in-kind sponsors for the foster dog promotion include:  Boyce Body Werks (clear coating dogs) and Michael Barton Art (Bulldogs Unleashed official photography).

The foster dogs are being raffled off at the September 15 Bulldogs Unleashed auction with proceeds benefitting Bulldogs Unleashed three partner non-profits: the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, Batavia Library Foundation, and the Batavia Parks Foundation. Raffle ticket prices are $10 each or 3 for $25.  Tickets are sold at each foster location for a chance to win that specific dog.  You can also visit the Bulldogs Unleashed table at the Batavia Farmers’ Market the last Saturdays in June, July and August to see all the designs, purchase raffle tickets, merchandise and tickets to the September 15 auction event. More information is available online at www.bulldogsunleashed.org or by contacting Britta McKenna at brittawmckenna@gmail.com.        


April 11:  Foster Dog locations are announced as part of “National Pet Day” via Bulldogs Unleashed and partner-owned media channels.

April 26:  Bulldog Jog 3K – West Main Park  - 6-8 pm

May 11:  Batavia 2nd Fridays Arts Walk (participating Foster Dog locations spotlighted from 6-9 pm)

May 11 – Labor Day – Summer Foster Dog Passport Promotion

June 3:  Bulldogs Unleashing – 1 pm – Riverwalk south plaza by City Hall

June 8: “Dog Walk”  - Batavia 2nd Fridays Arts Walk (map of dogs on streets and foster locations 6-9 pm)

July 13: “Puppy Show” 2nd Fridays Arts Walk (Batavia City Hall, Council Chambers,Windmill City Fest 6-9 pm)


BULLDOG JOG 3K THURSDAY, APRIL 26:  Grab your 4-legged friend and head to West Main Park to participate in a fun and scenic 3K walk or jog.  The first 50 dogs (and owners) to register receive a special gift!  More information is available from the Batavia Park District.

BULLDOG UNLEASHING, JUNE 3: Join artists and sponsors as the big dogs are introduced and placed around downtown Batavia.  The program starts at 1:00 pm at the South Plaza outside of City Hall.  Volunteers are needed to help with the placement of the dogs.


Get your bulldog on at the May, June, and July Batavia MainStreet Second Fridays events. 

May 11:  features the newly arrived 17” Foster Dogs from 6-9 pm with in-store promotions and artists at participating locations (see MainStreet event map).

June 8:  the big dogs are on the streets and we encourage you to get out with or without your 4-legged friends to visit each of our 30 dogs and take photos.

July 13:  puppies get their turn at a dog show at Windmill City Fest.  Board your painted or decorated pup for the weekend anytime from 3-6 pm at Batavia City Council Chambers where they’ll be featured from 6-9 pm that evening on Second Friday's event and vote for your favorites and “Best of Show," through 3 pm on July 15. 

WINDMILL CITY FEST TO HOST PUPPY SHOW: All puppy owners are invited to decorate or paint their Bulldogs Unleashed pup and enter it in the Windmill City Fest “Parade of Puppies,” where the decorated puppies are on display during the July festival, eligible to win “Best of Show” awards (under 18 and adult categories).

SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS: Keep up with the project via Facebook (BataviaBulldogsUnleashed), Twitter(@BulldogsUn), and Instagram(BulldogsUn) as well the website, www.bulldogsunleashed.org.


Batavia Public Library Foundation

The Batavia Public Library Foundation is dedicated to supporting the Batavia Public Library as a renowned institution that meets the lifelong learning needs of residents and organizations and offers a place to gather, exchange ideas and participate in cultural events.

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To enhance library collections through direct gifts and/or endowments. To provide for the development and implementation of innovative cultural and educational offerings. To provide for the continual improvement of library facilities and technologies. To enhance and enrich opportunities for library staff and services.

Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence

The Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence provides financial and other resources to the schools for enrichment programs and other projects aimed at enhancing the quality of education and educational opportunities for the students of Batavia Public Schools. Teacher grants and college scholarships are awarded on an annual basis.

Batavia Parks Foundation

The Batavia Parks Foundation exists to foster recreation and open space initiatives that enhance residents' quality of life. This is accomplished through stewardship for open space, parks, facilities, cultural activities, and recreational programs in support of the Batavia Park District.