The North Country SPCA wants to thank all the families and pet owners who joined us to celebrate Dog Days of August held Aug. 16 at Marcy Field in Keene Valley. We also want to thank the Adirondack Farmers' Market Cooperative who generously sponsored the event, and the Noonmark Diner, Cedar Run Bakery, the Ausable Club and the Valley Grocery who donated food for a free kids' lunch.
Entertainment providers were Phil Mero, who twisted and tied many balloons to make all shapes and sizes for children and adults; Debbie Timon and family, who painted faces and decorative tattoos on many happy children; and The Lonesome Travelers, Mitch and Vi Terry, a wonderful singing and guitar playing duo. Sid Ward Jr. generously contributed proceeds from the sale of his many beautiful wooden cutting boards.
Our shelter animals received lots of attention from the crowd and we're happy to report that a number of cats and kittens found their new homes at the Pet Fair. We thank you all for your participation and generosity.
The main event was the Pet Parade with prizes for winners (doggies and owners) in six categories, and the finale was a wonderful Blessing of the Animals given by the Reverend Milton Dudley from the Keene Valley Congregational Church. Most of the very special prizes were donated by The Birch Store in Keene Valley.
For the second year, the event drew a large crowd, giving everyone a chance both to support the shelter and to enjoy the wonderful Keene Valley Farmers' Market. The NCSPCA wants to thank all of our old and new friends who support our mission to find loving homes for dogs and cats at our shelter. Look for us again, rain or shine, in August next year.