By Conrad Dudderar
Yukon’s beloved canines will earn the royal treatment at an upcoming benefit for homeless animals.
Pets & People Humane Society will present its 11th Annual “Pawsitively Pampered Dog Wash, Grooming & Vendor Event” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12 outside YNB Parkway, 1550 Garth Brooks Blvd.
“Dogs will be pampered with washes, basic grooming by professional groomers and nail trims,” event co-chair Peggy Nichols said.
“We had a record turnout last year and raised over $11,000. We washed 187 dogs, clipped 199 nails and did 97 grooms.”
All proceeds will benefit Pets & People, which operates a no-kill animal rescue and adoption center in eastern Canadian County. The non-profit humane society has saved more than 56,000 dogs and cats since 1992.
“The purpose of this year’s event is to raise money for specific additional items needed at our newly opened adoption center at N.W. 4th and Morgan Road,” said Nichols, a Pets & People board member.
Yukon’s Sept. 12th Dog Wash, Grooming & Vendor Event also will help socialize some fantastic canines.
“It’s a dog carnival, of sorts,” Nichols said. “It’s like a ‘parade of dogs’. It’s so much fun. Last year, it seemed when you viewed the crowd the most popular dog breed was doodles.”
Dogs are washed in enclosed kennels with secured gates.
Prices for dog washes will be $10 (under 60 pounds), $15 (over 60 pounds) and $20 (large breed with long and thick hair such as the Great Pyrenees and St. Bernard).
Basic grooming will be $20 (de-shedding large dog), $25 (small fluffy breed) and $30-plus (large fluffy breed).
And it will cost $10 each for other grooming services like nail trims, glands and nail polishes.
VENDOR BOOTHS, FOOD TRUCKS
While their four-legged friends are being spoiled rotten, dog owners will enjoy shopping at 35-plus vendor booths plus several food trucks.
“We have many faithful vendors who are with us each year,” event co-chair Stacey Sprague said.
Vendors will offer a wide array of products, such as clothing, holiday gifts, dog accessories, jewelry, home and kitchen goods, handmade items, and make-up.
“Please come hungry because we’ll have a great food truck lineup again this year,” Sprague said.
Some 150-200 volunteers are helping plan and present the Sept. 12th Pawsitively Pampered Dog Wash, Grooming & Vendor Event.
“This includes many, many individuals who return year after year,” Nichols said. “We even have some who’ve been with us since the very first one.
“It is always so heart-warming to see them supporting our efforts.”
Event organizers thanked YNB (Your Neighborhood Bank) for allowing them to have this prime site near Interstate 40 and Garth Brooks Boulevard.
Fairfield Inn & Suites also allows Pets & People to use a large portion of its front parking lot for the event.
“Our gratitude for their generosity cannot be overstated,” Nichols said.
“We want to give a ‘shout out’ to Pawtopia, a Yukon pet nutritionist that supplies the wonderful-smelling shampoo.”
For more information, visit “Pawsitively Pampered” on Facebook or http://www.petsandpeople.com