2005-12-15 / News

This Saturday at 11 a.m. sharp, the highlight of the

Jamestown Doggie Social Season commences with the start of the 4th Annual Holiday Dog

Parade.

Is your pooch ready with a

float, or some fabulous holiday costume? The parade began four years ago as a way to raise money for veterinary bills for senior citizens living on fixed incomes. Who would have thought anyone would show up? But the first year over 100 dogs and their owners marched down Narragansett Avenue singing holiday songs.

Since then, the parade has raised over $1,500 to help Jamestown’s seniors keep their best friends healthy.

This year’s parade means even more with the February 2006, planned opening of the animal shelter. Saturday is really the kickoff party for a busy eightweek construction schedule that will turn a dilapidated building into a fun meeting place for animals and people. As always, the fee for parading your dog down Narragansett Avenue is $5.

However, this year, we ask that any extra biscuit money be donated to the shelter, to be used for either construction costs, maintenance, food and supplies, or medical bills.

As discussed two weeks ago, Dr. Jack Civic of the Jamestown Animal Hospital pledged up to $2,500 for medical care which has to be matched. What this means is that for every $1 we raise for veterinary services, the animal hospital will match it.

If we can raise the whole $2,500, this allows us to start the New Year with a $5,000 fund to treat un-neutered and sick animals. Any donations intended for medical purposes must be dropped off or mailed to the Jamestown Animal Hospital, 30 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI 02835. To date, the animal hospital has received $475.

This week we received a very generous offer from a resident to pay for the fencing required for the rear of the building, and to provide an outside play area for the cats that always seem to end up at shelters.

We thank the Mead family for this wonderful Christmas present. Also our new pitbull roofing friends said they can complete any structural work needed for the roof. They had already offered to replace the shingles, and install three brand new skylights donated by the Hoff family.

See you Saturday morning at the Fire Station. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. Dress warm, bring any extra biscuit money, and please make sure your pup is on a leash and under control. Oh and yes, no cats allowed!!

— Barbara Szeptakowski

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