Paws for a cause
Hundreds attend Paws in the Park fundraiser
— More than 300 people – and their furry friends – attended the fourth annual Paws in the Park fundraiser on Saturday.
The event raises money for House of Hope Animal Rescue Inc., an Elkton-based
organization that works to raise awareness about spaying and neutering as well as help families meet adoptable dogs, said Lauren Felix, organizer of the event. The fundraiser included a dog walk, games, food, raffles and entertainment. The K9 camp Dog Obedience School also held an obedience demonstration and the Academy of Dog Training
and Agility held an obstacle course demonstration.
House of Hope also had at least five adoptable dogs in attendance at the event. Families could come and meet the dogs and fill out an application, Felix said.
This year, the goal was to raise $35,000 though $26,000 had already been raised before the event, Felix said. Last year, the event raised $31,000 and in 2014, $24,000 was raised.
“Each year, it’s grown exponentially,” Felix said.
Rudy, a chocolate Labrador Retreiver, who has straight-leg, which affects his back legs, was the grand marshal for this year’s walk.
“He embodies the resilience of a rescue dog and he doesn’t let his disability stop him,” Felix said.
Many of those in attendance at the event adopted their furry family members from the organization.
A few years ago, Felix said she adopted two dogs she was fostering from the organization: Queenie, a pit bull mix, and Ami, an American Staffordshire Terrier.
“They just fit,” she said. “They were just meant to be a part of our family.”
Christine Shelley and Grace, 6, adopted Cooper, a flat-coated retriever, from House of Hope in April.
“We just want to support them because they’re such a good cause,” Christine said.
Magnolia, Del. residents Liam and Patricia Young drove over an hour to support the organization from which they adopted Rascal, 5, in August. Patricia said Rascal was a stray in Georgia before coming to House of Hope.
Felix said she is happy that many families who adopted from the organization came back to participate in the festivities.
“I’m just happy to see that they want to come back and support us because their support helps the next dog in need,” Felix said.
Grand Marshal Rudy, a chocolate Labrador Retriever mix, who is less than a year old, leads the pack during the walk on Saturday.
A dog with the Academy of Dog Trainers and Agility, based in Newark, Del., completes an agility demonstration on Saturday.
Harford County resident Dana Williams and Mickey, 8, a Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier mix, participate in Pretty Paws, where the dog’s paw is dipped in paint, put on a canvas and turned into flowers.
North East resident Ethan Kyger, 16, and Miley, a two-year-old boxer, pose after Miley is topped with a banana split sundae outfit.
Rising Sun resident Abby Neal, 16, and Kate, a one-year-old black Labrador Retriever, play a duck game, where a duck is chosen to win a prize.