GREENFIELD – Double dog dare you to head to the city’s public pool this Saturday.

It’s finally the dogs’ turn to splash at the Kathy Dowling Aquatic Center.

The 17th annual Partners for Animal Welfare Society Pool Party closes out the summer season of the pool in Riley Park, celebrating the canine community and raising money for P.A.W.S.

“It is a truly fun event. The dogs just have a fantastic time with their owners and the other dogs,” said Michael McGuire of P.A.W.S. “Some just dip a paw in the pool, while others are out there swimming all afternoon in the pool. Some dogs chase toys while others catch up with old friends from prior pool parties.”

McGuire said in an email that the event is highly anticipated. It was really missed in 2020 when it was canceled due to the pandemic, but in 2021 there were 176 people who attended with 125 dogs. There are concessions and dog items to purchase, and a party atmosphere with music.

The event, at 300 Apple St., is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 Cost is $12 for one adult and one dog, plus $2 for each additional adult or dog for a maximum of $20. Children must be accompanied by an adult and all dogs must be current on vaccines.

All proceeds from the event go to support P.A.W.S. programs, like the monthly spay and neuter transport to low-costs clinics, the cat and kitten program, dog and puppy program and small critter program. The organization also solicits sponsorships from the event.

McGuire said donations are very critical this year for programs, since donations for the organization in general have decreased.

“P.A.W.S. understands that this year has been really tough for a number of people and pet owners in central Indiana, which is why we have not raised our prices from last year for the P.A.W.S. Pool Party,” he said. “If your dog is up to date on all age appropriate vaccinations and friendly with people and other dogs please give the pool party a try.”

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