An­nual Pool Pawty to ben­e­fit Tail­wag­gers

■ Dogs will have a chance to play at the Siloam Springs Aquatic Cen­ter be­fore it closes for the sea­son.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Janelle Jessen Staff Writer jjessen@nwadg.com ■

Dogs will get their chance to splash and play in the Siloam Springs Aquatic Cen­ter dur­ing the an­nual Pool Pawty planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day, Sept. 8.

The Tail­wag­gers fundraiser takes place each fall be­fore the pool is shut down and drained for the sea­son, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­nizer Tina Ber­rios. The event in­cludes an auc­tion, lo­cal ven­dors and ca­nine treats such as dog­gie ice cream and pup cakes, as well as hu­man treats like ham­burg­ers hot off the grill.

To par­tic­i­pate in the Pool Pawty, dogs must get along well with oth­ers, be spayed and neutered, and have their tags show­ing they are up-to-date on vac­ci­na­tions, Ber­rios said. En­try into the party is $10 per pet and meals are $5 per per­son.

Ber­rios said that dogs all seem to get along in the fun set­ting. Tail­wag­gers vol­un­teers will be throw­ing ten­nis balls and toys into the wa­ter and blow­ing bub­bles to en­cour­age dogs to play.

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Spring­dale, a lo­cal busi­ness that some­times works with shel­ter dogs to help them be­come more adoptable, will be at the Pool Pawty as well as Bark Bite, a lo­cal dog treat com­pany run by two young en­trepreneurs, Ber­rios said.

Con­tests, such as the best trick and the best cos­tume, will be­gin at 12:30 p.m. fol­lowed by a raf­fle give­away. Siloam Springs Ve­teri­nary Clinic and Raven­wood Ve­teri­nary Clinic spon­sor the event.

After the party, Marcy’s Groom­ing will dry all the dogs off and put a scarf on them so they will be dry for the ride home.

Tail­wag­gers is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports five lo­cal an­i­mal shel­ters — Siloam Springs, West Siloam Springs, Okla., Gen­try, De­catur and Gravette — by help­ing pro­vide fund­ing for med­i­cal needs, food, sup­plies, spay and neuter pro­grams, and send­ing pets to high adop­tion states.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also works to ed­u­cate chil­dren in lo­cal schools about an­i­mal safety and the im­por­tance of spay­ing and neu­ter­ing pets.

Cur­rently, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has about eight vol­un­teers who help with ad­min­is­tra­tion and more than 20 vol­un­teers who help walk dogs and so­cial­ize cats in the an­i­mal shel­ters so they will be more eas­ily adoptable.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the or­ga­ni­za­tion or to find out how to vol­un­teer, visit www.tail­wag­ger­snwa.org or the Tail­wag­gers Face­book page. De­tails about the Pool Pawty can be found on the event Face­book page.

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