Dog Olympics to benefit Manatee Humane Society

HERALD STAFF REPORTSeptember 23, 2013 

Baby Hank Hollifield is training for the Dog Olympic Games on Oct. 19. Dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes are invited to participate in contests such as howling, shedding, Olympic-inspired costumes and best trick. PHOTO PROVIDED

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SARASOTA -- Adopt a new family member or watch your dog "Go for the Gold" at the Dog Olympics & Adopt-a-thon presented by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union at Bayside Pet Resort.

This family event focuses on finding forever homes for cats and dogs from local rescue groups and animal shelters. The adoption goal is to find homes for at least 100 dogs and cats.

Dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes are invited to participate in contests such as howling, shedding, Olympic-inspired costumes and best trick.

Olympic medals will be given to the gold, silver and bronze winners of each game.

"Dogs are jumping at the chance to win the gold," said Humane Society event coordinator Samantha Dominis.

Olympic Games will be played in the morning and repeated in the afternoon.

Guests will enjoy pet-related vendor booths, a cooling corner for dogs, raffle prizes, free photos by Walgreens, face painting, hot dogs and refreshments.

"Bayside Pet Resort is pleased to partner with the Humane Society and the other shelters and rescues to promote adoptions while providing a great day with dogs. We hope to make it an annual event," said Bayside Pet Resort General Manager Marilee Namaka.

The Dog Olympics & Adopt-a-thon will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Bayside Pet Resort, 8154 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (across from the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport). Admission is free, $3 per Olympic game or purchase a $15 Olympic dog bandana for unlimited games. Register your dog at humanemanatee.org.

Participating shelters and rescue groups include: Humane Society of Manatee County, Manatee County Animal Services, Bishop Animal Shelter, Gulf Shore Animal League, Royal Pet Rescue, Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, Canine Castaways, Safe Haven Animal Rescue and Almost Home Dog Rescue.

Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Manatee County.

"It'll be a tail-wagging good time for all," said Humane Society of Manatee County Executive Director Amy Van Dell.

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