PAWS holds Animal Rescue event



Dogs and owners converged on Bicentennial Park, Sunday, for the dog walk.

Dogs and owners converged on Bicentennial Park, Sunday, for the dog walk.

GRAND BLANC TWP. — PAWS Animal Rescue hosted a Tails & Trails Dog Walk on July 28, from 12-3 p.m. at Creasey Bicentennial Park to help raise funds for the non-profit and foster based organization.

The event hosted vendors, games, food trucks, and other services such as face painting, balloon animals, dog contests and awards, with all proceeds benefiting PAWS.

The organization has had events at other locations in the past and hoped that hosting one here would help bring more awareness to the community. Vendors provided education about good practices such as grooming and microchipping, and 45 dogs left with free microchips courtesy of Concept Hope and Animal Emergency Hospital. Local vendors were able to gain exposure and showcase the goods or services that make them unique. The dog walk also brought attention to the option of rescue, as opposed to purchasing from a breeder, when considering taking in an animal.

PAWS Animal Rescue hopes that the success of the fundraiser was as beneficial to visitors as it will be to the animals that the proceeds benefit. Since it began in 2011, the volunteer-based organization provides medical care, food, and shelter to the animals it rescues. PAWS originally consisted of just five volunteers, but now has 40-50 volunteers working to find permanent homes for dozens of animals.

There was a dog kissing booth at the PAWS Tails & Trails Dog Walk, July 28 at Creasey Bicentennial Park. Photos by Josephine Anderson

There was a dog kissing booth at the PAWS Tails & Trails Dog Walk, July 28 at Creasey Bicentennial Park. Photos by Josephine Anderson

Besides just funds, the program also needs fosters, especially now during “kitten season” when lots of kittens are looking for homes. Other species need help, too; adult dogs- especially larger ones -are harder to find homes for, as many people prefer puppies. For more information about PAWS Animal Rescue, or more ways to help, please visit pawsanimalrescue.net.