Due To COVID-19 Social Distancing Standards, HHHS Is Transforming Their Most Well-Attended Fundraiser Into An Online Weekend-Long Experience
Helping Hands Humane Society has been continually adapting to changing needs to keep animals and people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent change is an official announcement for a virtual version of Paws in the Park set for the second weekend in June. Paws in the Park is an outdoor fundraising event consisting of food trucks, vendors, and pet contests. It is HHHS’s most well-attended annual fundraiser. The cost of admission covers participants and their dogs and allows them to participate booth giveaways, pet contests, and other fun activities.
“Coming into 2020, we never imagined that we wouldn’t be able to hold one of our favorite events in person with all of our supporters. COVID-19 has turned our world upside down, but we still have a population of over 6,000 lost and homeless animals a year to care for. We have a lot of fun, interactive-from-afar activities planned for our Sit, Stay at Home edition of Paws in the Park this year, and the best part is that by participating and making a donation of any amount, community members will be making a difference in the lives of animals in need,” says Grace Clinton, Director of Business Development and Special Events.
The event will consist of t-shirt and swag bag pickup at HHHS on Friday, June 12th, a day of virtual activities Saturday, June 13th, and a one-mile mutt strut on Sunday, June 14th. T-shirts will have a special commemorative logo for the Sit, Stay at Home edition of Paws in the Park. Saturday’s activities will include virtual pet contests, behind the scenes tours of HHHS, training demonstrations, a virtual adoption event featuring pets looking for homes, and more. On Sunday, HHHS is encouraging everyone to walk a mile in their favorite park with their dog(s). Those who screenshot their route and send a selfie of them on their walk will receive a certificate of participation! HHHS hopes our community enjoys the planned activities while making a positive difference in the lives of homeless animals.