Sept. 8 fundraiser helps support RunningDog nonprofit
— RunningDog is a local nonprofit that offers exercise and companionship to shelter dogs awaiting adoption. The organization will host “PlayingDog: Come, Stay, Play!,” Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Hardesty Park, 1615 W. Market St.
Residents are invited to take their canine family members for a full day of activities, including the SpinningDog puzzle, ArtDog artist and dog collaborations, StarBARKS Puppuccinos, GlamourDog spa and a HungryDog peanut butter eating contest, among other attractions.
Live music, food trucks and vendors selling their wares also are available for pet owners. Adoptable dogs from several local rescues will be showcased at FashionDog, the Canine Catwalk.
For those hungrier canine companions, PlayingDog will host the first-ever HungryDog peanut butter eating contest.
According to RunningDog, all dogs, not only shelter dogs, need mental stimulation through canine enrichment in order to live their best lives. Through these canine enrichment activities, a pet owner may expand the dog’s world by helping the dog to work its brain, enjoy new activities and, in the process, have the opportunity to share quality time with its owner.
PlayingDog is free and open to the public. PlayingDog events are ticketed activities, and all funds raised through ticket purchases will be donated to RunningDog to be used to promote and support its mission. For info, visit www.facebook.com/playingdogcomestayplay.
RunningDog is a nonprofit organization that trains runners how to run with adoptable dogs that are available in local shelters and rescues. These RunningDog Runners help homeless dogs explore new places, meet new people and learn more about the world. This program helps keep rescue dogs not only physically active, but mentally and emotionally balanced while they wait for their forever homes. For info, contact Beverly Dillon at [email protected]m or (440) 289-0668.