Dog Days of Summer to benefit Animal Welfare
Published 1:31 pm, Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Dog Days of Summer fundraiser to benefit the New Milford Animal Welfare Society will be held Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Festivities will take place at the shelter at 8 Dodd Road.
"It's a spot for people to bring their dogs and figure out what activities are out there for the dog and what they like," said Shelter attendant Sarah Hapke.
Dogs will have an opportunity to test their agility, receive a "Good Citizen" designation and play an assortment of games.
The annual event drew about 100 people with their animals last year and brought in $1,300.
"There are few events that you're invited to and can bring your dog, spend the day as a family," said Renee Gardner, shelter director.
"The dogs gets to tryout their agility and we have games that you can play with your dog like musical hoops and cheesy puff races, the biggest competition we have," she said.
A cheesy puff race involves dogs eating their way along a path of cheese puffs. The first to get to the end wins a prize.
"It's a fun day for everyone," Ms. Gardner said of the event. "It's a fundraiser but more importantly it shows all the things you can do with your dog."
Additionally, a cookie toss, other games, a Chinese auction, and the sale of animal products and groom services will be available.
Representatives from organizations that rescue Australian Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers and collies will be on site, as will people from the shelter, where 111 cats and 23 dogs now live, to discuss adoption.