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Beverly rehabilitation center gears up for its annual charity dog wash

Posted by Terri Ogan  August 15, 2013 01:58 PM

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Essex Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Beverly is getting ready to host its third annual charity dog wash.

The Dog Days of Summer Charity Dog Wash aims to raise money for Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement K-9s throughout the US.

This outdoor event will be held on Saturday Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of Essex Park Rehabilitation and Nursing and Center.

“This event was been so popular in the past that we decided to make it an annual summer event," said a statement from Essex Park Admissions Director Stacey Scharf. "Our goal is to raise at least $950, the cost of one vest for a law enforcement dog in need of that extra level of protection.”

Last summer Essex Park was able to raise enough money to purchase a vest for a police K9 in Manchester, New Hampshire named K9 Bud.

Dogs that attend will be treated to a shampoo, rinse and towel dry for a $5 donation. The day’s activities also include a guide dog demonstration from Salem resident Don Armell and the Fidelco Guide Dog staff, who will discuss what it takes to train a puppy to become a seeing-eye dog.

Additionally, there will be a K9 demonstration by the Essex County sheriff’s department. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with local vendors of pet products and services. Refreshments and hot dogs will be available at the event during the barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Essex Park will also be collecting items for Salem’s Northeast Animal Shelter during the event such as chew toys, pet food and treats.

Located in Beverly, Essex Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 190-bed rehabilitation and nursing facility that offers short-term rehab and memory care. It is a part of the HealthBridge Management family which operates 16 centers in Massachusetts.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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