HSPC to host 'Furry Scurry Freedom Fashion Show' July 4

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Humane Society of Putnam County (HSPC) will host a donation-only community-wide dog walk/fashion show during festivities in Robe-Ann Park on Saturday, July 4.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the dog walk beginning at 10 a.m. and the fashion show following immediately after.

The Furry Scurry Freedom Fashion Show will begin at the Parks and Recreation building, located inside the Bloomington Street entrance to the park, with an informal dog walk consisting of one lap around the park. All participants (human and furry) are encouraged to come in costume, and will be automatically entered in the fashion show for prizes.

As the HSPC is dedicated to helping animals in the community, even in its absence, and therefore will be donating all funds raised to Friends of the Park to be used to purchase shade trees for the new dog park at Big Walnut Sports Park.

For the HSPC, the event is all about education. The HSPC will be on-site to provide information about the importance of microchipping, and low-cost HSPC microchip events; spay and neuter, and the new HSPC no-cost spay and neuter program; and animal hot weather care; and Putnam County resources for residents who encounter animals in need of assistance due to hot weather.

Registration for the Furry Scurry is donation-only and will take place the day of outside the Parks and Recreation building. All pets are welcome, in costume or not. Water stations will be provided a long the walking route and at the end of the route for furry participants. Goody bags will also be provided to the first 50 participants by the HSPC.

As a safety precaution, the HSPC asks that all pet owners only bring properly vaccinated pets that are up to the chaos of the event and keep their pets on a non-retractable leash no longer than six feet.

The Big Walnut Dog Park was built last year and opened to the public in October.

All funds from the Furry Scurry Freedom Fashion Show will be donated to the dog park to buy shade trees to ensure the park's furry guests are provided proper shade during their stay.

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