House of Hope hosts Paws in the Park on Satur­day

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

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.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

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

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