House of Hope hosts Paws in the Park on Saturday
NORTH EAST — House of Hope Animal Rescue hosts its fifth Paws in the Park Saturday, an opportunity for dogs and their owners to commiserate and raise money for animals in need of forever homes.
Held at North East Community Park, rain or shine, Paws in the Park invites dogs on leashes to stroll around the course. Water bowls and cleanup supplies will be available.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. with walking to commence at 10:15 a.m. After the walk there will be lots of fun activities for both dog and dog owner. More than 30 vendors include food and refreshments and a bake sale.
Patti Clifton, founder and president of the 6-year-old, Elkton-based nonprofit, said after the walk there will be tons of stuff to do and see.
“We’ll have a kissing booth,” she said, adding that dogs do the kissing.
Another fun activity is Paw Petals.
“They put their paw in paint and put the paw print on canvas,” Clifton said.
Artists then add elements to create a beautiful work of art to take home.
Pet owners can also enter the costume contest and take advantage of the vaccine clinic offered by All Creatures Veterinary Services. The Academy of Dog Training and Agility will offer a demonstration as will K-9 Camp Dog Obedience School. You and your dog can learn some new tricks with Blaze’s Personalized Dog Training.
“It’s a big family fun day,” Clifton said.
Proceeds from Paws in the Park help the group rescue dogs from high-kill shelters. They also plan to bring dogs dislocated by hurricanes Harvey and Irma to Cecil County.
“We are always looking for foster homes. We don’t have any kennels,” Clifton said.
While House of Hope focuses on Labrador retrievers they are open to helping any dog in need.
“We’re not just a rescue. We have big hearts,” she said. “We donate service dogs. We do a lot of things in the community.”
That includes working with local Scout troops to help them obtain badges in animal care.
Registration for Paws in the Park is $30 at the gate. North East Community Park is located at 200 W. Walnut St. along the Northeast River. There is beach access so organizers suggest dog owners plan to bring towels.
Dog owners participated in Paws in the Park to benefit House of Hope a year ago. The fundraiser returns this Saturday at 9 a.m. to North East Community Park