|Bring your dog for fun competition or find your new best friend
Adopt a new family member or watch your dog “Go for the Gold” (or both) at the Dog Olympics & Adopt-a-thon presented by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union on October 19 th at Bayside Pet Resort.
This fun family event will be focusing on finding fur-ever homes for cats and dogs from local rescue groups and animal shelters. The adoption goal for this event is to find homes for at least 100 dogs and cats. Dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes are invited to participate in fun, non-athletic competitions such as howling contest, shedding contest, Olympic-inspired costume contest and best trick. Olympic medals will be given to the gold, silver and bronze winners of each game. “Dogs are jumping at the chance to win the gold” says Humane Society Event Coordinator, Samantha Dominis. Olympic Games will be played in the morning and repeated in the afternoon. Guests will enjoy pet-related vendor booths, a cooling corner for dogs, raffle prizes, free photos provided by Walgreens, face painting for the kids, hot dogs and refreshments. “Bayside Pet Resort is pleased to partner with the Humane Society and the other shelters and rescues to promote adoptions while providing a great day with dogs. We hope to make it an annual event” says Bayside Pet Resort’s General Manager, Marilee Namaka.
The Dog Olympics & Adopt-a-thon will be held on Saturday, October 19 th from 9am-3pm at Bayside Pet Resort, 8154 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (across from the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport). Admission is free. $3 per Olympic game or purchase a $15 Olympic dog bandana for unlimited Olympic games. You can register your dog for a game at the event or by going to www.humanemanatee.org.
Participating shelters and rescue groups include: Humane Society of Manatee County, Manatee County Animal Services, Bishop Animal Shelter, Gulf Shore Animal League, Royal Pet Rescue, Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, Canine Castaways, Safe Haven Animal Rescue, Almost Home Dog Rescue.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Humane Society of Manatee County. “It’ll be a tail-wagging good time for all,” says Humane Society of Manatee County’s Executive Director, Amy Van Dell.
Picture Attachment: Baby Hank Hollfield training for the Olympic games.