‘Spectacular’ way to help homeless dogs Saturday
Published 7:51 am, Thursday, June 11, 2015
A fundraising event, “Sizzling Summer Spectacular at Saugatuck Sweets,” is planned Saturday by the Westport Animal Shelter Advocates to benefit homeless dogs in Fairfield County.
“Our main focus is caring and advocating for dogs at the Westport Animal Control,” said Julie Loparo, the WASA president. The group also funds spay and neutering of dogs and has a network of foster families who take in dogs prior to adoption, she said.
The fundraiser will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave. There will be an array of events, including some for four-legged attendees, she said.
“This is a really big problem,” she said about finding homes for abandoned dogs, as well as for pets that a family can no longer care for. She said that some area animal shelters, like those in Bridgeport and Stamford, no longer take “owner surrender” dogs.
And, she noted, some shelters will take in only “small perfect” dogs, meaning senior dogs are often out of luck with no place to go.
There are 10 spaces at the Westport shelter, she said, adding that’s not a large number, but the town also is not faced with a large number of abandoned dogs that often besets bigger communities.
Loparo said a recent resident at the Westport shelter was Rico, a dog found chained to a cellar door in Fairfield. The Fairfield shelter didn’t have space, she said, so Rico was housed at the Westport shelter waiting for a new home.
WASA also helps pet owners with veterinary costs, such as spay and neutering expenses, and it supplies pet food donations to area food banks.
Saturday’s fundraiser will also have a silent auction featuring a number of summer-themed items including Mets, Yankees and Red Sox tickets, restaurant gift certificates, concert tickets, signed sports memorabilia and much more.
She said Saguatuck Sweets will be “serving up doggie sundaes” and “their hot dog truck will be serving up hot dogs for human consumption.”
There will also be a Draw Your Dog Contest and a doggie photo booth.
“We’ll also have information about some terrific dogs looking for their forever homes with a few of our furry friends on site,” Loparo added.
At 7 p.m., as part of Saugatuck Sweet’s summer concert series, there will be a performance by Jam Theory.
For more information, contact WASA at 203-557-0361 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.