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Dog Days of Summer

It was a ‘dog-gone’ good time for community members and their canine companions on Saturday, June 20, at the Unicoi County Animal Shelter.
The shelter worked in conjunction with the Unicoi County Rotary Club to orchestrate the Rotary Dog Day, an event aimed to raise money for the Unicoi County Animal Shelter Maintenance Fund.
“This was a partnership between the shelter and the rotary club,” Unicoi County Animal Shelter Director Jessica Rogers said. “This was to help raise money for a new heating and air unit for the shelter. The one we have now is 15 years old and we are in desperate need of a new one to keep up with the weather and to keep the animals and public comfortable in the shelter. This was the first dog walk but we’re certainly looking at having one in the fall along with a fall festival-type of event, as well. There needs to be more events like this where people can come out and enjoy it with their pets, so we’re hoping to continue on doing events like these.”
Individuals had the opportunity to take to the Erwin Linear Trail with their furry friends. Different town officials were on hand, including Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley, who recently adopted a dog from the shelter, and Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch.
Assessor of Property Wayne Peterson got in with the festivities, serving as a judge toward the end of the event during a dog show that searched for the biggest dog, smallest dog, and the most human-like.
Rogers gave praise to Ginger Ray, the Rotary Club’s Animal Project Chair, who spearheaded the event. From taking the animals taking dips in mini-pools to smiles on people’s face, the inaugural Rotary Dog Day proved to be successful, Rogers said.
“We don’t always get to see the happy moments,” she added. “It is nice to see all the pets here that are loved and taken care of out spending time with their families. It is a really nice thing for us to see coming from the day-to-day activities inside the shelter. We really appreciate the community, we couldn’t do the mission that we do without them, we couldn’t help the animals without them. We are so thankful for everyone that continues to support us and what we do.”
For more information of upcoming events at the shelter, be sure to visit the Unicoi County Animal Shelter Facebook page online or call 743-3071.