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Dog wash raises $1,750

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

Brandon Merson gets his beagle Molly a bath as OSPCA volunteer Christina McFadden hoses her off during Saturday's annual Dog Wash and BBQ, held at the Petawawa Legion. The event raised $1,750 for the Friends for Life! Walk.

Brandon Merson gets his beagle Molly a bath as OSPCA volunteer Christina McFadden hoses her off during Saturday's annual Dog Wash and BBQ, held at the Petawawa Legion. The event raised $1,750 for the Friends for Life! Walk.

PETAWAWA – It was a day fit for the dogs, and they loved every minute of it.

On Saturday, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre held its annual Dog Wash and BBQ, sited at Petawawa's Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517.
More than 100 people stopped by to have their furry friends pampered with a full range of grooming activities, from a wash and shampoo to a blow drying, fur styling and even nail care. Once again, volunteers were on site offering their services as part of the fundraiser.
 
The event raised $1,750 for the 2017 Friends for Life! Walk, which is being held at the Pembroke Marina Saturday, Sept. 23.
Danielle Burnette, OSPCA community development coordinator, said this has been a great day. She said they are all so grateful to be living in such an amazing community, which is always quick to step up and help out the animal shelter when needed.
 
Burnette said the Petawawa Legion donated the space, and groomer 'Monet' from My Diva Dog volunteered her time doing nails, plus they had a great team of volunteers washing and drying dogs, running the barbecue and otherwise being supportive of the day.
“Every little bit helps,” she said. “We couldn't do all that we can do without them.”
If you missed it, don't worry. The dog wash and barbecue will be back for a return engagement Aug. 19. 
 
This year's Friends for Life! Walk features a variety of walks to take part in, from the 1K Stray Cat Strut to the 3K Dog Jog to the 5K-nine.
To register for the Saturday Sept. 23 Friends for Life! Walk, visit friendsforlifewalk.ca, or appear in person at 10 a.m. at the Pembroke Marina on the day of the walk. It gets underway at 12 noon.
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