By Darla Shelden
On Sunday, May 20, the 3rd Annual Rescue Day & Dog Wash will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Britton Square Shopping Center, NW corner of N. May Ave. and W. Britton Road. Coordinated by Carey Pet & Home Care and A1 Pet Emporium, this event supports Oklahoma rescues and animal welfare organizations in their efforts to rescue, foster, restore and find homes for dogs and cats. Many of the rescues are breed specific and will have animals on hand ready to be adopted.
“Over 200 dogs were washed last year and we are hoping to more than double it this year,” said Cris Carey, co-founder of Rescue Day & Dog Wash and owner of Carey Pet & Home Care.
“In addition to the dog wash, there will be inflatables for the kids, a DJ with music, a Mobile Vet doing low cost vaccinations & micro chipping, and an ordained minister will bless your pets, along with more than two dozen vendors and attractions. People will have an opportunity to win a trip for 2 to the Hard Rock Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.”
The net proceeds from the event go directly to the 25 well-deserving rescues and animal welfare organizations that are participating.
“Rescue Day & Dog Wash is in its third year,” said Carey. “This year we hope to raise over $10,000 for the pet organizations. “We have a blast doing this and it’s personally rewarding to be able to do something big for the local rescues who constantly struggle to meet (vet), food and boarding costs.”
In 2010, Cris Carey and Trisha Clark, owners of A1 Pet Emporium, decided to hold a small dog wash fund raising event to support a few local rescues. The idea included having some local business set up booths to promote their products and services. Rescue Day & Dog Wash was born.
“Come have your dog washed at one of our four wash stations for only $10 per dog, buy some raffle tickets, and have a local celebrity dunked. Come one and all,” said Carey.
This year, the raffle Grand Prize is a trip to the Hard Rock Resort at Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for two people, for four days and three nights. Grand Prize Drawing tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Main raffle table tickets are $3 each or 4 for $10.
Free raffle tickets are available by bringing unwanted CDs, DVDs and video games. In exchange, For Your Entertainment will donate the value of your CD/DVD/Game to Rescue Day & Dog Wash. Donate 5 CD/DVD/Games for one raffle ticket ($3 value). Or simply donate your unwanted discs to help raise funds for participating organizations.
Donate any type of bags, boxes, or cans of pet food to The Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma City to receive a chance to win the Pet Food Pantry prize drawing.
At 2 p.m., Reverend Ted Uhlig of Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church will be blessing the pets at the event. PAWS-OK, Pet Adoption and Welfare Services of Oklahoma, Inc., will be selling penny candy throughout the day.
Other event activities include a dunk tank, a groomer to do nails and ears, food vendors including Smokin’ Okies BBQ, Pops Hamburgers and Waffle Champion, and a photographer for posing pets. Any used leashes, collars, and toys will be appreciated and donated to Second Chance Dog Rescue.
Rescues included in the event are: Great Plains Mastiff Rescue, Homeward Bound Pug Rescue, Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma, Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue, Pet Angels Rescue, The Jude Ranch, Safe Haven Animal Rescue, Inc., Pekes and You Rescue, Oklahoma Westie Rescue, Heartland Weimaraner Rescue, Doberman Rescue Group, Fasthound Greyhound Adoption, Inc.
Also, All 4 One Rescue, HazelJane’s Blessings Italian Greyhound Rescue, Red Dirt Boxer Rescue, Pit Bull Rescue, Oklahoma Yorkie Rescue, Maltese Rescue of Oklahoma, ZsaZsa’s Sheltie Rescue, Friends with 4 Paws, Because of You Chihuahua Rescue, Heartland Lab Rescue, and the Oklahoma Cocker Rescue.
Of course, sponsors make it all happen. Gold Level Sponsors include Veterinary Home Health Care, A1 Pet Emporium and Carey Pet & Home Care.
Silver Level Sponsors include The Plumbing Company, Two Sister’s Bakery, and Precious Pet’s Cemetery. And Bronze Level Sponsors include Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Paint Your Art Out and Spacewalk of West. Oklahoma City.
“This is big for these rescues that work so hard to find good homes for animals that wouldn’t survive without temporary caregivers,” said Trisha Clark.
For more information visit www.RescueDayDogWashOKC.org or call Cris Carey at 405-605-3355 or Trisha Clark at 405-209-9868.