Canine Cash

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MARK-9 (Medical Assistance for Retired K-9s) hosted its fourth annual CA$H FOR CANINE$ Casino Night on Saturday, January 25. Over 150 people attended the sold-out event held at the Hotel Arista in Naperville.

Guests enjoyed a night of gambling fun with top-shelf cocktails that included “cosmo-PAW-litans” and “marGRRRitas.” Attendees were able to test their luck at the blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps tables with $2,000 worth of play money.

“The outpouring of support from the law enforcement and civilian community for this event is overwhelming,” says MARK-9 president and veterinarian Alexis Newman. “This is one of our two annual events that allow us to provide funding for these well-deserving K-9s.”

The nonprofit organization supports handlers in providing the necessary medical care for their retired K-9 partners. Based in Lisle, MARK-9 provides funding for over 100 dogs all over the country. Information about the organization can be found at

Photos by Harlan Houska