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Glenwood Oaks hosts 4 Paw Sake fundraiser/adoption event

New owner wants to continue tradition

by Melanie Jongsma

GLENWOOD, Ill. (July 16, 2019) – Nikita and Jamiel Greer were not thinking about dog adoptions when they hopped on their bikes Thursday evening, July 11. They are perfectly content with Amber, their Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. But the bike path took them from their Lansing home all the way to Glenwood Oaks, where they smelled burgers and hot dogs on the open grill in the parking lot. Having biked 7 miles, and planning to go much further, they decided to stop for sustenance.

Jamiel and Nikita Greer biked from their home in Lansing and were planning to see how far the bike path would take them—but the Glenwood Oaks grill convinced them to stop for supper. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Chris Siatta, a staff member at Paw Palace, was in the parking lot when the Greers rolled up. He explained that the meal cost $5.00 and included a burger or hot dog, chips, and a beverage—and their purchase would benefit 4 Paw Sake Rescue, a Lynwood-based nonprofit that rescues dogs. Many of their dogs are strays that were found or brought in, and some are dogs who were surrendered by their previous owners for a variety of reasons—a death in the family, relocation, or insufficient funds, for example. The Greers were not ready to adopt another dog, but they appreciated knowing that their impromptu supper stop was helping provide care for needy dogs.

Volunteers try to line up Bandit, Piper, and Homer for a photo. The three dogs were all available for adoption at the Glenwood Oaks event. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Bandit is a Lab-Mastiff mix who was found wandering without any identification. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

4 Paw Sake Rescue has partnered with Glenwood Oaks for three years to host an adoption event twice a year. This spring’s event had to be rescheduled twice, but Thursday, July 11, turned out to be a beautiful evening for people to enjoy the outdoor dining option.

From left: Donna Kuiken, Diane Kunst, Jan Marshall Linda Olsen, Chris Beaulieu, and Diane Mrkacek are dog lovers and supporters of 4 Paw Sake Rescue. They enjoyed the picnic dinner provided by Glenwood Oaks while giving serious consideration to adopting Piper, a gentle senior shepherd mix who enjoys walks. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Mike Hussein recently bought Glenwood Oaks from the Jarosky family. He wants to continue and possibly expand the relationship with 4 Paw Sake Rescue. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Paw Palace staffer Kathy Dujsik helps organize the raffle prizes just before the drawings. Donated prizes are another way to raise funds for 4 Paw Sake Rescue. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The 4 Paw Sake Rescue website lists a number of opportunities for dog lovers to make a difference in the lives of rescued animals:

  • Adopt a dog
  • Foster a dog
  • Walk a dog
  • Make a donation

The Paw Palace campus, including 4 Paw Sake Rescue, is located at 2739 Glenwood-Dyer Road in Lynwood, Illinois. More information is available:

Glenwood Oaks restaurant is located at 106 N Main Street in Glenwood, Illinois.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.