Bark in The Park


October 30, 2021 | 9a-12p
Veterans Park, Macomb


Raising the “WOOF’ for a new animal shelter! – Cost: $5 per dog (cash only, pay at the event)

Upon entry, giveaways while supplies last. Dogs mush be leashed and under the control of a handler (Age 10+). Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Attendees must adhere to social distancing.

  • 8:30am:                         Event Check-In
  • 9:00am-12:00pm:       $10 Photo Booth (Photos provided by Krista Skien Photography)
  • 9:00-9:30am:               Macomb Police K-9 Demo
  • 10:00-11:30am:           Doggy Contests
            • Best Costume
            • Longest/shortest tail
            • Best trick
            • Longest snout
  • 10:00am-12:00pm.      Face Painting

Occuring Periodically:

          • Scavenger Hunts
          • Raffles
          • Pet Microchips for $10 (while supplies last)
          • Cake Walks (grand prize cake courtesy of Steve Silberer)


Download the Bark in The Park Flyer here


This is a fundraiser event for the Humane Society of McDonough County. All proceeds go towards the animal shelter building fund.


Brix Challenge 2021


“The Brix Challenge 2021”:
A “NON-EVENT” fundraiser for the Humane Society of McDonough County


Yet, the biggest event to raise funds for the ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS of the HSMC
and the easiest way to be a part of helping animals in need in our county! What could be better?

Chris Brix is challenging our community to raise the most funds yet for the animals needing assistance in our county. For the 8th year in a row he will match $1,000.00 in donations received between now and October 31, 2021. For the past 7 years this community has met his challenge with enormous support. ANY AMOUNT will be GREATLY APPRECIATED. ALL DONATIONS received will support the important initiatives of the HSMC and will directly help animals in need in McDonough County.

The Brix Challenge :
• is the ONLY challenge that raises funds for the ANNUAL OPERATIONAL COSTS of the HSMC (which ranges between $40,000 & $50,000 per year).
• has been the LARGEST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER for the HSMC’s annual operating costs for the past 7 years, raising a combined total of over $90,000.00 to be used directly for initiatives to improve the lives of animals.
• has been SUCCESSFUL in helping many animals in McDonough County because of GENEROUS SUPPORTERS such as YOU and is an EASY WAY to see your thoughtful gifts of support to the HSMC BENEFITING ANIMALS IN NEED.

These include:
Promoting adoptions of cats and dogs at the McDonough County Animal Shelter
Providing sponsorships for those “shelter animals” that need more assistance finding forever homes
Reducing pet overpopulation via spay/neuter programs and transports
Continuing enhancements for the comfort of animals at the county animal shelter
Providing medical care to shelter and county animals in need and to prepare shelter animals for adoption
Helping pet owners struggling to keep their pets home via the Pet Supplies Pantry and Angel Fund


To be a part of the “Brix Challenge 2021” please send your tax-deductible donations to:

“The Brix Challenge 2021”
Humane Society of McDonough County
PO Box 7
Macomb, IL 61455

You may also use the PayPal option on the HSMC website at

Together we can make a difference in the lives of many animals in need.
We hope you will join “The Brix Challenge 2021”. Thank you!

The HSMC is a 100% volunteer, State of Illinois not-for-profit organization and a qualified 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, supported entirely on donations and gifts. While much of our work supports the McDonough County Animal Shelter and the animals there, we function as a separate entity from the county animal shelter. We value our partnership with the community members of McDonough County and the support demonstrated by its citizens during our various fundraising efforts. We are committed to furthering our vision to provide humane care and treatment for all cats and dogs in the county, and need continued financial support to do so.

Download the Brix Challenge Poster here


Rescued cat’s story raises $3,040

Authors Brenda Sayre and Patti Nemec were happy to present Bonnie Smith-Skripps (President of the Humane Society of McDonough County) with a check for $3040.00 in donations received in support of their book, “Binx the Uptown Cat.” The book tells the true story of Binx’s rescue from life as a homeless cat living on the Macomb square into a cozy home with a loving family of his own. The book was available this fall for a donation of $25.00. All donations received for the book (and additional gifts included) were given to the Humane Society of McDonough County in hopes of helping their dream of a new animal shelter in McDonough County come true. The response was amazing. Brenda and Patti extend their most sincere “thanks” to everyone who generously supported this project. There are no more books available at this time. Keep your eye out for a possible 2nd printing in Spring 2021.

Brenda Sayre, Patti Nemec, and Bonnie Smith-Skripps

(left to right) Authors Patti Nemec and Brenda Sayre with Humane Society President Bonnie Smith-Skripps

The Brix Challenge 2020 Results

The Brix Challenge 2020 shattered the record of all 6 previous years’ challenges, bringing in $18,847.00.  That’s amazing and it’s because of this wonderful community. For the seventh year animal-lovers in our area rose to the challenge presented by our good friend, Chris Brix, who promised to match $1,000.00 in funds raised from late September through the month of October.  This year’s need has been greater than ever, with assistance to animals higher than normal and our ability to continue many fundraisers this year severely limited due to COVID-19.  We asked our supporters to make this a record-breaking year for TheBrix Challenge, and they did.  We truly appreciate them coming forward to make this fundraiser such a huge success, especially during the difficult times we are currently in.

The generous gifts received during this year’s Brix Challenge will makethe world a better place for many animals in need in McDonough County through HSMC initiatives. A few of those include:

1) PROMOTING ADOPTIONS of cats and dogs at the McDonough County Animal Shelter via weekly posters, social media, news outlets and sponsorship; promoting adoptions of hard-to-place animals through reduced adoption fees and/or medical intervention, for example.

2) SPONSORSHIP AND FOSTER of those animals that don’t get adopted from the McDonough County Animal Shelter by moving those animals whose time is running out at the shelter into foster homes where they can live in a family and enjoy socialization while awaiting their forever home.

3) REDUCING OVERPOPULATION through two separate spay/neuter programs.  One serves to promote adoption of animals at the shelter by subsidizing the cost of altering animals adopted from the shelter. The other is a partnership with the Quincy Humane Society that provides transportation and spay/neuter for barn/feral cats at no cost to the caretaker.  If space is available companion dogs and cats may take advantage of this for a nominal fee.  

4) PROVIDING MEDICAL CARE to shelter and county animals in emergency situations through the discretionary use of our long-standing “Angel Fund.”

5) HELPING KEEP ANIMALS IN THEIR HOMES and with their families when they meet with financial distress via the Pet Food Pantry and discretionary use of the “Angel Fund.

Because of the overwhelming generosity of Chris Brix and Brix Challenge supporters, our wonderful members and friends, local businesses and our area media sources the animals in need in McDonough County will benefit in many positive ways.  Our most sincere “Thank You” for choosing to be a part of that.

Buddy the Labradoodle

Buddy the labradoodle

New home being sought for 3 1/2-year-old labradoodle. He’s loving to his family, but also very protective and territorial. For this reason, we feel it would be best if he were not living in town. He has bit when strangers have put their hand through our fence and once when a visitor came over. He also killed a neighbor’s cat. Maybe a home in the country would better suite him. He naps most of the morning and gets energetic later in the day, when he usually wants to chase a ChuckIt wheel or catch a soft frisbee. He’s smart and knows commands like sit, down, shake, come, heel, out (to drop something), and he won’t enter the house without a whistle. He is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and healthy according to recent exam. He’s around 60 lbs. If interested, please text 309-255-5431.