SPRINGFIELD TWP. It was a day more suited for ducks than dogs, but the cold, wet weather Saturday did not keep dogs and their humans from raising funds for the Humane Society of Summit County (HSSC) during the annual Park in the Park at Springfield Lake.
The spirit of the annual fundraiser was not damped as dogs and their humans dressed in raincoats and turtlenecks to keep warm as they made their annual walk at the lake. Pledge walkers get support from family and friends of monetary contributions The event raised about $35,000 and all the money raised goes to helping the abused, abandoned, sick and injured animals rescued in Summit County.
Last year, the Humane Society rescued nearly 2,400 animals.
Events of the day included the Doggie Dash, where pet owners could test their pet's agility in a relay with six steps to complete; Paw Print Painting, where pets had a chance to make a paw print tote bag; HSSC Adoptable Dog Showcase, where attendees were introduced to a few of the adoptable dogs, learning their stories; and The Blessing of the Animals, where Rev. Sandy Selby gave thanks for the blessings that humans receive from their pet companions.
At the end of the event, fundraising winners were honored.
First year attendee, Coco Mayer and furry friend, Princess Bella, just moved to Cuyahoga Falls from Orlando, Fla. Mayer was excited to attend the event and raise some money for those dogs in need.
It was Cuyahoga Falls resident, Amy Kidd's second Bark in the Park. She said she loves dogs and she loves helping dogs because she knows "there are a ton of them out there in need."
Kidd, who also volunteers for other organizations that help dogs, was attending the event with the Western Reserve Hospital Team, "Tails on the Trails." An employee of the Pet Values store advised Kidd on collars for her chocolate labs, which she said advice from experts and ideas to help pets was just another great part about the day.
The day offers an opportunity for people and pets to have a fun and enjoy meeting other dog lovers, such as Springfield resident Elizabeth Wayman and her dog, Rico, who attended for the second year. This year, Wayman brought along her 1-year-old nephew Bryant "because he loves dogs."
The Humane Society of Summit County hosts the doggie day in conjunction with Springfield Township and the event is sponsored by Cascade Subaru and Wild Republic. More than 90 percent of the Humane Society's funding comes from individual donations.
For more information the Humane Society of Summit County, visit www.summithumane.org or call 330-487-0333.