Tonawanda News — At 12:30, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., agility demos will be presented by Canine Sports Complex. At 2:15 p.m., there will be contests including a dog-owner look-a-like competition, coolest trick and best dog costume. The contest will be judged by state Sen. Mark Grisanti (who sponsored Phoenix’s Law against animal cruelty in the state Senate) and others, Berryman said.
In the past, money raised through small fees for contest entry were donated to one rescue organization chosen that day, KVIS President Melissa Foster said. This year, in addition, five $100 gifts will be donated to five different rescues chosen at random at the event.
“They need it so much,” Foster said of the rescue groups. “We really wanted to say to them, ‘We appreciate what you’re doing.’ It’s a very moving circle of people, and it just touches your heart strings. They give a lot of time and energy to this.
“We encourage people to come out and learn about the rescues ... and investigate the possibility for bringing a wonderful dog friend into their families.”
Groups include the humane societies from Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties and about 20 rescue and help organizations. Berryman, herself involved with GRROWLS, a golden retriever rescue group, said that the event is an opportunity to learn a lot about the different groups that are out there.
“Some of these groups are breed-specific and some are not,” she said. “It helps tremendously. It’s an opportunity to learn abut the group, find out how you go about adopting a dog, learn what procedure is.”
Skye Lipton of Kenmore, president and founder of Silver Lining for Pit Bulls, has attended the past events for her rescue organization and is also serving on the Dog Days planning committee this year. The event has been so well-run that it gets groups’ names out in the community in a very positive way, she said.