|Dog Olympics & Adopt-a-thon finds homes for dogs and cats
Dogs of all shapes and sizes had a tail-wagging good time on Saturday, October 19th at the 1st Annual Dog Olympics & Adopt-a-thon presented by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union. Hosted by Bayside Pet Resort & Spa, the event focused on finding fur-ever homes for cats and dogs from local shelters and rescues. More than 250 people and their canine companions gathered to participate fun, non-competitive Olympic games and possibly find a new furry family member.
The event featured nine animal shelters and rescue organizations showcasing dogs and cats that needed homes. A total of 15 dogs and five cats were adopted at this event. Additionally, 13 vendors from local small businesses, including Doody Free Dog Waste Removal, Pet’s Life Naturally and Ruff Life Apparel were at the event. Photographers from Walgreens took pictures of dogs wearing their Olympic medals on a 3-tiered Olympic podium. This event also featured agility demonstrations by agility trainer, Monica Hendrickson.
“The Dog Olympics & Adopt-a-thon was an amazing experience! Twenty dogs and cats have found loving, caring families at this event, I couldn’t be happier!” said HSMC Events Coordinator, Samantha Dominis.
Dogs participated in the games for $3 each, with proceeds going toward the Humane Society of Manatee County. The Dog Olympic games ranged from shedding contest, best trick, pie eating contest, look-a-like, smallest dog, longest tail, most consecutive rolls and more.
“We had a great time competing in the events. Rico won the smallest dog by only 1 ounce! My boyfriend, Ryan and I are proud parents of Rico for winning the Smallest Dog and Look-a-like Contest.” said Sue Nielsen from SarasotaDog.com.
This event demonstrated the collaborative effort in Manatee County to help homeless pets find homes. The committee included representatives from area shelters and rescues, that met for months to plan this event. “It was a great success and we all thank Bayside Pet Resort & Spa for holding the event at their beautiful facility. We hope to make it an annual event!” said HSMC Executive Director, Amy Van Dell.