paws in the park: your dog’s day of summer

PAWS IN THE PARK @ Gage Park
Annual Fur-Filled Fundraiser for the
Helping Hands Humane Society
***Don’t have a dog? No worries!
Stop by the rent-a-dog booth!
AUGUST 25

Of all the great events around town, not many are pet-friendly. However, there is one place each year where pets and their owners are invited to celebrate their love of animals.

On Saturday, August 25th, Paws in the Park will take place at Gage Park. Paws in the Park is an annual fundraiser for Helping Hands Humane Society. The event is family-oriented; children and pets are encouraged to attend. A one mile dog walk around Gage Park will kick off the event. Don’t fret if you don’t have a dog to walk; a rent-a-dog booth will have dogs from the shelter available for the walk.

Following the dog walk, guests will have the opportunity to visit a variety of vendor booths, a silent auction, and pet contests. Some of the contests for the day will include: biggest dog, smallest dog, best kiss, and best trick. All pets are welcome to participate in contests, and the winners will receive trophies. Food will also be available, with Perkins Restaurant & Bakery providing pancakes and sausage to those in attendance, while some of the vendors may have snacks for pets.

All proceeds from this event go towards the operation costs of Helping Hands Humane Society. HHHS currently admits over 9,000 animals each year. Their new shelter, located at 21st and Belle, is scheduled to open at the end of this year. The larger building will have better ventilation, more room for housing animals, play rooms for cats, an outside play area for dogs, and many other improvements.

Registration for Paws in the Park is currently $30, and will increase to $40 on the day of the event. Everyone registered will receive a Paws in the Park t-shirt, goodie bag, and dog bandana. No animal lover should miss out on this fun, fur-filled day.

[ Story by Kara Garcia | Image provided ]

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