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story.lead_photo.caption File Photo/ANDY SHUPE Peyton, a dog owned by Susanne Tate of Lowell, leaps into the water to fetch a toy during last year's Soggy Doggy Pool Party at the Prairie Grove Aquatic Park. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Prairie Grove Pound and is held annually before the pool is drained for the season.

Proponents of the Prairie Grove Pound will have an opportunity this month to support the nonprofit organization.

The "Soggy Doggy Dog Swim" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17 will be at the Prairie Grove Aquatic Park. Dogs will have the run of the pool, and humans can enjoy food, drinks, vendors and "pup cones" for both. Admission is $10 per dog. Dogs must be up to date on shots and spayed or neutered.

Soggy Doggy Pool Party

Who: Friends of the Prairie Grove Pound

What: Canine swim party, pup cones, human food and drinks, raffle, vendors

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17

Where: Prairie Grove Aquatic Park

Tickets: $10 per dog

Proceeds from the swim soiree will help the animal shelter's nonprofit "friends" organization support the shelter's services, providing well-animal checks, vaccinations, microchipping and spaying or neutering for all pets adopted from the shelter.

Food will be available from Kona Coast Gourmet Tacos, and dog caricatures will be offered by The Scarlett Piper.

Organizers say the shelter takes in approximately 300 cats and dogs annually and spends an average of $30,000 to $35,000 per year on veterinary bills for those animals. The work the group does is entirely funded from donations and fundraisers.

The friends group also is raising money to build a stand-alone, low-cost spay and neuter clinic.

Supporters can also contribute to the organization by shopping its booth at The Locals Craft & Flea Market at 128 E. Buchanan St. in Prairie Grove.

-- CARIN SCHOPPMEYER

cschoppmeyer@nwadg.com

NAN Our Town on 08/08/2019

Print Headline: Soggy doggies support healthy pets

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