On Saturday residents and their four-legged friends lent their hands and paws to help homeless animals in our community at the Pet Animal Welfare Society's Bark in the Park. The main event was comprised of a dog walk on the scenic wooded trails of Cranbury Park in Norwalk, but participants also got to meet vendors, watch demonstrations, shop PAWS merchandise and win great prizes.
Last year the event raised more than $40,000 as dogs and the people they own registered to walk the wooded trails and collected donations from friends and family to help support the programs and services at PAWS. Programs supported included adoption services for homeless animals at PAWS, low cost spay/neuter programs, The Cosmo Fund to help PAWS animals with severe medical issues, community outreach and education and more!
This year the goal was to raise at least $50,000.
Among the highlights of the event were pet first aid demonstrations. Guests joined Dani Silverman as she demonstrated some critical pet first aid techniques that every pet owner should know.
There was also a PAWS alumni photo op and a microchipping clinic. Trainer Jody Rosengarten of The Bark Stops Here provided answers to training and behavioral questions.
At the Paw-Casso booth people had their pet's pawprint memorialized in either paint or clay.
In additionm licensed massage therapist Dani Silverman treated dogs to a soothing massage and Tom Glover was on hand drawing pet caricatures.