FLINT TWP. — About 74 dogs were registered and an estimated 200 people showed up for the “Woof Walk and Fun Fest” last Saturday at the Flint Township Park and Trails on Norko Drive.
It was a benefit for the building fund of Pets are Worth Saving (PAWS) of Swartz, sponsored by the GLEANER Life Insurance Society Flint Area Arbor, a fraternal organization dedicated to making a difference in their local communities; Complete Auto & Trucks Parts and The Pizza Company of Davison.
Fundraising totals are not available but “everyone had fun,” according to a report from Peter Mikelens of GLEANER to the Flint Township Board of Trustees Monday night.
Dog owners walked along the park trails and got to see what is available for them, he said.
“This public exposure satisfies the need of the township to provide a welcoming, useable recreational resource to increase the livability of our community,’’ said Mikelens, who also serves on the township Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
GLEANER paid for a special mailing to 3,000 PAWS members and provided free special event T-shirts and an ice cream treat.
Flint Township Police Officer Donovan and police dog Gunnar gave a special K-9 police dog demonstration. Township firefighters showed pet oxygen masks. The Red Cross demonstrated pet CPR.
Several other pet-oriented businesses manned information booths and PAWS had dogs available for adoption. Other participants included Therapy Dogs, Leader Dogs for the Blind and Pets in Peril.
A Swartz Creek veterinarian provided micro-chipping and other vendors offered doggie massages and nail clipping.
PAWS’ “Raise the Woof” building fund campaign aims to obtain an agriculture zoned property in order to continue to provide quality care for homeless and abused animals.
Details: Call 810-767-6366 or visit online at www.pawsanimalrescue.net/ Mail tax-deductible donations to PAWS, PO Box 87, Swartz Creek, MI, 48473, (indicate it is for the “Raise the Woof” building fund.)