Paws in the Park Barks of Success
By MILES LAYTON
SISTERSVILLE – Dogs, cats and a couple of ferrets wagged their tales on Saturday at the fifth annual Paws and Park.
Paws In The Park is an annual fundraiser for the Olive Branch Animal Rescue – a non-profit, no kill animal shelter in Tyler County.
“The Olive Branch gives animals a second chance,” said Tory Dalrymple, an Olive Branch employee.
Dalymple and Katelynn Thomas, an Olive Branch volunteer, assisted with introductions for two dogs – 13-year-old Bruiser, a gentle blond Cocker Spaniel, and Buddy, a 19-week old Yorkie-poo.
“Bruiser is are out here to interact with people and other animals,” Dalymple said. “Buddy – he’s here for the little kids and the elderly to pet and put a smile on their face.”
The event had something for everyone, including events for kids, pet photo booth, prizes, awards, pet costume contest, concessions, face painting, vendors, yard sale, corn hole, pet walk, raffles, pie throwing, prize for most unusual pet, bake sale, music and more. More than 75 people brought their pets out to support a good cause.
“This was by far our must successful in terms of turnout and the amount of funds raised,” said Vickie Folden, Olive Branch manager. “We create awareness with what we do.”
Dr. Shaun Meckley of Mountain Valley Veterinary Clinic offered some his time for help these furry animals, including vaccinations (including rabies), micro-chipping, and clipping toenails.
“Today went very well,” said Linda Henrikson, president of Olive Branch. “Lots of dogs got medical care and everyone had a good time.”
An awareness walk was held for Kilo, an 8-month-old German Shepherd, who was killed in April under tragic circumstances in April. Since the dog’s death, the community has banded together for a pet food drive in support of Olive Branch.
“We are trying to keep Kilo’s memory alive and help change state code so that these things don’t happen,” Henrikson said.