Duxbury’s Standish Humane Society will host its 18th Annual DoggiePawLooza event at the Wampatuck State Park on Sunday in an effort to raise money for the spay/neuter programs and no-kill cat shelter.
According to a release, the program, which is the society’s biggest for the year, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday and feature an optional three-mile walk through the forest.
Dogs are encouraged to come, and the day will feature live music, animal balloon sculpting, food, raffles, pet and human massage, dog contests, and animal behavior advice.
For dogs to attend, they must be wearing rabies vaccination tags and have up-to-date vaccinations.
T-shirts will also b given for every donation of $50 or more, and every dog “making a donation” of $10 or more will receive a bandana.
Organizers say this year's event will be particularly special with several “Animal Heroes” in attendance.
One of them is Sweet Lilly the Hero Pit Bull, who was seriously injured while saving her
unconscious owner from the path of an oncoming train, organizers said. Also attending will be Animal Control Officers Leslie Badger of Hingham and Hull and Eddy Ramos of
Duxbury, "who provide extraordinary services to families and animals
each day,” organizers said in a release.
The event typically draws 500-1000 people, but organizers hope this year is even larger with the special guests.
"This year we have Lilly the hero pitbull…and she’s got 15,000 followrs on Facebook and they have been promoting the event, so if we have good weather, we’ll probably have a large turnout," said Nancy Cullen, president of Standish Humane Society.
Donations received at the event will help the organization support its spay/neuter program and a no-kill cat shelter.
“In these challenging economic times for families, it’s critical that we raise funds for both the adoption and spay/neuter programs. Standish subsidizes a tremendous amount for South Shore pet owners in financial need,” Cullen said.
Last year alone, Standish subsidized over $40,000 in spay and neuter services for approximately 700 cats and dogs.
Donations are also accepted in advance, organizers said, and T-shirts, jerseys, and other items will be on sale to help raise money for programs.
The event raises "tens of thousands of dollars. We’re a non profit, all volunteer run shelter, so everything we raise other than minimum expenses drops to the bottom line, but its north of $20,000," Cullen said. "It’s a big nuber for us because we’re all volunteer and [it takes] grants from foundations in addition to these fundraisers to keep us going."
In addition to the fund-raising aspect of the day, society members will be on hand to discuss the breeds of specific animals and adoption options for families looking for a pet.
For more information call 781-834-4663 or visit the website,