Wetumpka, AL – A large crowd brought their four-legged friends to the Bark in the Park today for an afternoon of great fun, dog biscuits, contests, and activities. The Humane Society of Elmore County sponsored the annual event that was held at Ft. Toulouse in Wetumpka from 1-5 PM.
Five pups, out of the dozen brought to the park by the Shelter, found homes today. It was love at first sight for Amber Richardson of Wetumpka when she gazed into the mesmerizing eyes of a Siberian Huskie mix.
“I just couldn’t turn her down,” said Richardson. “I have been watching her all day and she has been wonderful with the other dogs and with children.”
This is the second pup for Richardson as she has a female Golden Retriever at home.
“I just know the two of them will get along,” Richardson added.
The activities of the day included different types of contests (Cutest Dog, Most Talented, Biggest Dog, etc.), children’s games, a dog agility demonstration presented by a Wetumpka Canine Officer, and pony rides. Refreshments were also sold.
Many owners were contacted in advance and asked to bring the dogs they had previously adopted at the shelter. A “parade” of those dogs was held at the event and the owners were asked to take the microphone to introduce themselves and their furry friends.
Other shelter fundraisers include an annual Wags & Whiskers “Bone-A-Fit” silent auction, recycling programs, and raffles. Also, there is “The Tail’s End Thrift Store” which is located next to the shelter and sells clothing, accessories, furniture, books, toys, and other treasures. All proceeds from these events support the care of the shelter animals.
Lucia Penland, the Board President for the Society, said that there are 250-300 animals now housed at the Elmore County Humane Shelter.
“That number includes animals ready for adoption and those who are not ready yet,” Penland said. “Those not ready would include some who have just gotten to the shelter or those that may be too young right now to be adopted … but most can go to loving homes now.”
For more information about the Elmore County Humane Shelter and how to adopt an animal, please call (334) 567-3377 or visit www.elmorehumane.com.
Article by Melissa Parker
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