PAWS Animal Adoption hosts pet event in Middletown

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 14, 2014 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

PAWS-A-PALOOZA didn’t disappoint. There were hundreds of paws of all shapes and sizes at the animal awareness event Saturday in downtown Middletown.

From 4-pound Chihuahuas to sleek greyhounds to rats all joined in the event sponsored by PAWS Animal Adoption Center.

“It is a nice event … great weather, ” said Heather Gilstrap of Greyhound Adoption of Greater Cincinnati as she shepherded four of the retired racing pooches that are up for adoption.

Brittany Hobbs of Unleashed Agility in Liberty Twp. and her dog Brutus, a Chihuahua, wowed the crowd when they took to the agility course. Brutus was fast and barley visible in the grass.

“He’s a rescue,” Hobbs said, holding the little athlete after the run. “He was a biter when I adopted him, but the training is so great for building self-confidence in the dogs. As you can see now, he’s a wonderful, friendly dog.”

In addition to about 35 vendors, the event included information about animal safety for kids, search and rescue demonstrations and a costume contest.

It is the second year for the event, which also serves as a fundraiser for PAWS, said Sue Hutson a member of the board.

“(The event) has really grown. We have almost outgrown the space, which is a good thing,” Hutson said.

Also making a special appearance was Joseph, the German shepherd that was rescued last winter from an abusive home and has been in a foster home through PAWS.

When Joseph was found tied to a tree, he was emaciated and covered with fleas. On Saturday, he was looking healthy and barking with excitement.

“He is doing great,” said Gail Corrial of Middletown who is fostering Joseph and will eventually adopt him.

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