Puppy Pride Day has large turn-out

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Wed., Jun. 12, 2013
Dog Sofia, upon meeting her adopting family, Alexander, Madalyn, Melisa and Jeff Rivard of Avon. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Dog Sofia, upon meeting her adopting family, Alexander, Madalyn, Melisa and Jeff Rivard of Avon. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Enfield Dog Park Action Committee held its fifth annual Puppy Pride Fun Day on June 8, when it invited all proud dog owners to show off their furry family members. Some of several contests held included Best Kisser and Best Costume.

The dog park has been open since 2011 and is located on Ecology Drive in Enfield. “The dog park has been a project that has solely relied on volunteers and donations. EDPAC leases the land from the Town of Enfield, but is run by the volunteers of the EDPAC. We even carry our own insurance policy on the land,” said EDPAC President Karen Warren. “It’s open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to sunset. We are always looking for more volunteers, and obviously donations as well. Community involvement is key.”

There were many booths at the event offering different services for pets and their families, such as an animal photographer, animal rescue centers, and even animal crematories.

By 11:30 a.m., the event had already seen four adoptions. Double Dog Rescue’s event coordinator, Ken Sanford, explained the process. “You can go to our website - preappddr@yahoo.com - and get a pre-approval for an adoption. It is a fairly easy process. You can also go to petfinder.com and you can find our site there as well,” Sanford said. “We are a completely non-profit organization that relies on volunteers and donations. Our average cost for an adoption is approximately $450. That includes all of the neutering or spaying, as well as the shots and exam fees. It also includes the airfare to get the dogs. Most of our dogs are from down south. They don’t really have as many animal shelters in the south, so we bring them up here and find them a good home.” He said there will be another adoption day at Petsmart in Plainville, Conn., on June 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Frank Silver is a member of the Enfield Moose Lodge. Along with his wife, Jackie Silver, and co-member Scott Cooper, they sold refreshments to help benefit the Moose Lodge. Silver said, “We donated the space for this event because we believe in the cause.”

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