The K9 Club is hosting the 6th annual Pup-E-Palooza on Saturday, May 7. The event will be held in Brinser Field at Elizabethtown College and start at noon and end at 4 p.m.
The event is free and will provide food, music, raffles, contests and more. Because all proceeds earned benefit animal rescue groups, rescue dogs will also appear. Although it is held at the College, anyone in the surrounding communities is welcome to attend.
“The event is all about the animals and what they want,” K9 Club Vice President Shannon McNamee said.
Through this event, K9 Club hopes to raise awareness of animal causes with various rescue organizations.
“We hope that people will learn that there are many more animals that need help,” McNamee said. “We want them to get involved because each person makes a difference to the animals, whether it is taking an adoptable dog for a walk or donating money to help an animal with its vet bills.”
All the proceeds earned from Pup-E-Palooza this year will go to Furry Friends Network, Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue and Adopt a Boxer Rescue. Each year, the foundations that receive the donations change.
“We ask all participating rescue groups to send us a paragraph describing what they would do with a hypothetical $500 donation,” K9 Club President Patty Cangelosi said.
The club’s officers then read all the submissions and choose three groups based on what they believe are the most worthwhile causes. According to Cangelosi, this process is difficult because the club would like to help every rescue group so it is hard to choose only three.
One of the things that make Pup-E-Palooza stand out is that animals are invited, too. The contests are for the pets, not their owners.
“When so many people unite in this way, it makes a statement that we care about animals and we will do everything we can to help them,” Cangelosi said.
Not all animals live like this so come play with the puppies at Pup-E-Palooza May 7 in Brinser Field at Elizabethtown College. It’ll help the animals as well as yourself!