Dog Gone Rescue is hosting its fourth annual Hot Doggie Wash in McKinley Park Saturday, 10a.m. to 2 p.m. at shelter 2. The event will feature two main components: a dog wash, which costs $20 per dog and includes nail clipping and a free bandana, and a hot dog lunch, which costs $3 per plate and includes two hot dogs, chips and a choice of water, lemonade or iced tea. There will also be a free drawing for a $25 Pet Smart gift card.
The annual wash and lunch combo is a fundraiser for the shelter, but is also put on to raise awareness about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars.
“It happens more than people realize. This terrible habit unfortunately results in the deaths of many dogs each year,” said Janel McLain, director of Dog Gone Rescue. “I’ve seen people do this in our own community, so it’s important the rescue does what it can to educate dog owners how risky this habit can be.”
Those attending the event can take the Cool Dog pledge, a promise to not leave their dog in a hot car, and have their photo taken which will be uploaded to www.mydogiscool.com along with others who have taken the pledge across the nation. Photos of those who took the pledge at last year’s Hot Doggie Wash can also be found on the site.
Last year, 50 dogs attended the wash, and McLain said she hopes that number will double this year.
“The event keeps evolving each year, we now have nail clipping at our event thanks to the generosity of Whiskers to Wags Grooming here in Creston,” said McLain. “The groomers, Patti Miller and Lindsy Carruthers are great ladies, they do a wonderful job on my own personal dogs and the rescue doggies. They also do boarding and have great merchandise available for any animal lover.”
Those who would like to support the shelter but don’t have a dog, themselves, are invited to come to the event for the hot dog lunch. Outside of the event, volunteering for the shelter is a major way community members can contribute to the shelter’s success.
“Dog Gone Rescue is a small rescue but hoping to do big things in our community. I really need volunteers and foster families,” said McLain. “If anyone is interested they can contact me via (Facebook) or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Looking to the future, Dog Gone Rescue is currently planning with Hy-Vee to hold an adoption event at Hy-Vee during Balloon Days. After that, the shelter will be holding its annual Bowl-a-thon and Auction at Pine Valley Golf & Bowl in November.