Chicago circus outfit Midnight Circus In The Park are a family and community based performance group that aim to “engage & inspire, entertain & educate, embolden & empower the audience, the community” as well as “creating community, raising funds and rebuilding parks”. Unlike many circus’, Midnight Circus do not feature any lions or elephants in their shows, particularly in their home Illinois, who have banned elephant performances of any type.
What you will see at a Midnight Circus show on the other hand is Junebug and Rosie Rae, a pair of pit bulls rescued by Midnight Circus founder Jeff Jenkins.
Not only does Jeff and his team use his pets to entertain the audience, his wider mission is to dispel myths around “block headed dogs”, the stigma surrounding them and educate on why they exist.
These talented dogs don’t just raise awareness but even raise money to support local parks and even relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Junebug and Rosie Rae both come from humble beginnings. Junebug was brought to an anti-dogfighting class Jenkins was teaching by a young boy; Jenkins could see the boy loved Junebug, but that she was being mistreated elsewhere. Jenkins offered to adopt Junebug in exchange for the boy becoming his class assistant. Rosie Rae came from Chicago’s municipal shelter.
Watch the video below and share not only the talents of these incredible dogs, but also the Jenkins family’s work to unite their community. 🐝