Honorary Pet Mayor of Western Springs

Village President Alice Gallagher and the Thomas Ford Memorial Library are once again excited to announce the upcoming election of the Honorary Pet Mayor of Western Springs! Porter has enjoyed his reign as First Dog of the Village of Western Springs, but is ready to hand the reins over to another worthy pet.

Between March 2nd and March 8th, we invite the residents of Western Springs to visit the library’s Facebook page and nominate their pet to become the village’s second Honorary Pet Mayor! The community is encouraged to vote on the nominations between March 9th and March 16th. The winning pet will receive a written proclamation from Village President Alice Gallagher and be featured on the library and village Facebook pages! 

Here is how it works:

Nominate your pet!

Between March 2nd and March 8th, you can nominate your pet by visiting the library Facebook page and messaging us a photo. Your message should include your pet’s name and a few sentences from you or your pet about why he/she would make a great Honorary Pet Mayor. We will compile all nominations in a photo album so they are easy to find.

Get out the vote!

Between March 9th and March 16th, encourage your friends and family to visit the library Facebook page and “like” the photo of your pet. One “like” equals one vote. The pet with the most “likes” by 5:00 p.m. on March 16th will be our new Honorary Pet Mayor!

And don’t forget: in addition to the Pet Mayor election, there is an upcoming Consolidated Election on April 6th, that will include the Village Board, Park Board, School Board, and Library Board. Learn more at:, and be sure to vote!

What makes a great Mayor?

According to President Gallagher, a great mayor is: 

  • First and foremost: ethical, honest, trustworthy, and compassionate
  • An independent thinker yet a team player
  • A good communicator – especially a good listener
  • Willing to make tough decisions that aren’t always popular with everyone, but best for the community as a whole
  • A great mayor knows that success comes from the collaborative efforts of the smart and talented people on the team, Board and Staff alike

All pets are welcome. Creative photos are encouraged. Have fun!