Pup-a-Palooza Draws Large Attendance and Raises Money for P.A.W.S.
By Kristi Kent
The 3rd Annual Rome Pup-a-Palooza was held today on National Dog Park Day at the new Rome-Floyd Dog Park. The Cinco de Mayo themed event offered a full afternoon of activities to include frisbee and ball throw areas, dog pools, door prizes, vendors, pet services, and a microchip and vaccine clinic.
The event attracted a huge turn out with an estimated 400 dogs in attendance. Only 18 dogs were turned away for not having rabies vaccination proof; and half of the dogs turned away were vaccinated on-site. The P.A.W.S. mobile vet low cost vaccine/microchip clinic generated $4,500 in under four hours to benefit P.A.W.S. Over 200 people signed up for the dog park email list to stay informed on dog park news.
“We were overwhelmed by the attendance and extremely pleased that we did not have one single incident at today’s event,” said Brice Wood, associate planner for the City of Rome and one of the event coordinators.
The City of Rome Planning Department and the Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism helped coordinate the annual event with support from event partners to include: ARF - Animal Rescue Foundation of Rome/Floyd Co. GA, Culbreath, Carr, Watson Animal Clinic, Downtown Dog, Diggin' It Dogs, Floyd Felines, Floyd County Humane Society, Jerusalem Grill, Kona Ice, Lake City & Acworth Animal Hospital, P.A.W.S., PetSense, Starbucks, and WetPetz.