With hoses spraying and blow dryers blowing, 35 local dogs came clean Saturday at the Barks, Bubbles and Beer fundraiser held at Backside Brewery.
The donation dog wash fundraiser supported the For The Love Of Paws veterinary hospital that recently opened its doors in downtown Roseburg. The event raised about $400 to help the clinic promote pet health and education.
“The event was fun and the socialization was good for the dogs,” said Dawn Stayberg, president of For The Love Of Paws board. “We were excited to meet new people and new customers and to get out the word about what we’re doing.”
An income-based veterinary service, the nonprofit pet clinic is open to families of all income levels, giving discounts on a sliding scale to serve the community. The hospital is located 725 S.E. Mosher Ave., Roseburg.
Penny Vance of Glide brought her two dogs, an Australian shepherd mix named Rowdy and a border collie mix called Sky.
“This is fabulous, these ladies have done a great job on my dogs,” Vance said. “My dogs have never looked this good.”
Volunteers and clinic staff bathed the dogs in plastic kiddie swimming pools with castile soap. Dog owners drank beer and noshed on pizza while their dogs were pampered at the full-service salon day for dogs.
“I think the whole idea of having this clinic is very beneficial because the community desperately needs it,” Vance said, who’s been participating with animal rescue for 45 years.
Vance supports the clinic’s goal of providing low-cost neuter and spay services for dogs and cats, because she does not like to see unwanted animals who end up at shelters across the nation get euthanized.
“Roseburg is a disadvantaged area and people can’t afford to spend a huge amount of money on their dogs and cats,” Vance said. “More low cost neuter and spay is the answer.”
Rosemarie Wess brought her three dogs, Grover, a Rotweiller mix, Lola, a pit bull mix and Junna a hound dog mix. Wess is a patron of the clinic and said she believes the clinic is beneficial for the community because it provides veterans with discounts.
“I think this income-based service is wonderful,” Wess said. “I’d rather bring my dogs here to get bathed where they are the baddies for washing them,” since many dogs do not appreciate being bathed.
The clinic plans to hold a similar donation dog wash event on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Backside Brewery on 1640 NE Odell Ave., Roseburg. Visit the clinic’s website for more information about the time of the next event.