Dogs, bring your owners to Paws Along the River open house Sunday

By BEN KLEIN

bklein@timesobserver.com

It’ll be a dog day afternoon at the Warren County Humane Society, Paws Along the River, open house and pet celebration on Sunday, Sept. 22, from noon to 3 p.m.

Humane Society Executive Director Karen Kolos said the event started out 15 years ago as Paws in the Park, a dog walk in Betts Park. Now the open house and celebration has run into its sixth year at the shelter, 212 Elm St., Warren.

Canines who bring their owners to Paws Along the River should follow the strict leash-only rule. And, no cats are allowed.

“Anyone can come,” said Kolos, “it’s just a fun afternoon with your dog.”

Depending on the weather, Kolos said upwards of 200 to 300 people attend the event annually.

The open house and pet celebration is open to everyone, not just Paws Along the River alumni, and attendees can visit with adoptable pets.

Pastor Dave Heckman will officiate at a Blessing of the Animals, and a number of dog games are planned throughout the day, including a scavenger hunt, bobbin for dogs, a hot dog relay, and a canine costume contest.

A cat photo contest will start at noon with judging for the favorite feline photo starting at 2 p.m. Participants should leave their cat at home but bring in a favorite photo from one of the three categories – funniest pose, most beautiful pose and most unique pose. Photographs should not be larger than 5×7 inches.

Karen Heltzel of Moments in Time photography studio photographs all the pets at Paws Along the River during the year, and will be on hand to show off her work. MLW Stables will offer pony rides, and D.J. John Misulich will provide music.

Kolos said canine owners should come hungry and ready to eat chili, hot dogs, and home made pie with ice cream.