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Humane Society hosting Dog Day afternoon fun

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 11:13 am

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The Wild Rose Humane Society’s (WRHS) fourth annual Dog Day Afternoon will bring dog-friendly fun to Airdrie on July 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nose Creek Park.

“It’s just going to be a really great event,” said Laura Reynolds, fundraising director for the WRHS.

The fundraising event will be in support of the Give Me Shelter campaign, which is part of the WRHS efforts to establish an animal shelter for injured, lost and abandoned animals in the Airdrie to Olds corridor.

Currently, there is no animal shelter specifically for this area and found pets have to be redirected to shelters in Calgary, Cochrane and other small rescue organizations that have the capacity to accept these animals.

Although Reynolds said there is no specific fundraising goal the WRHS hopes to raise at the Dog Day Afternoon, all money raised will go directly to helping them establish a new shelter.

The Give Me Shelter campaign began in 2011 with a goal of raising $200,000 to build a new shelter building owned by the WRHS.

In January 2014, representatives from the WRHS said they were open to leasing an existing building in an effort to get the shelter open sooner if the option became available, but Reynolds said both options are still on the table.

“We’d like it to happen sooner rather than later so whichever opportunity presents itself first,” she said.

The July 1 event will include an adopt-a-thon with four area rescue groups bringing animals in the hopes of finding their forever homes, local pet related vendors, a barbecue, cotton candy, a bouncy castle and raffle prizes.

“There is going to be some agility demonstrations and weight pulling demonstrations too,” Reynolds said.

She added the raffle prizes include two WestJest passes for anywhere the airline flies, $300 gift certificate to Springbank Pet Resort, gift baskets and other gift certificates.

She said there is no specific goal for how many animals they would like to see adopted at the event but added, “If we can help facilitate rescues and find their forever homes that’s a great success in itself.”

She reminds residents planning on bringing their dogs to the dog-friendly event to bring them water, try and keep them cool in the shade and never leave them locked in a car on a warm day.

“It’s just going to be a fun, dog-friendly event on Canada Day and we definitely invite everyone to enjoy it with us,” Reynolds said.

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