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Every dog (and cat) has their day in Portage

2013-08-14T00:00:00Z Every dog (and cat) has their day in PortageRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

I remember I was 5 years old and we finally got my mom to agree to get a puppy. It was a joyous day in the Tucker household and we adopted a little black Cockapoo. We named her Lady and my life was never the same. She was always there when I was sad and happy giving that unconditional love only a pet could ever give … no strings attached.

When our boys were small, the Wilkening household got a little, buff-colored Cocker Spaniel and we named her Lacey. What a joy it was to have a puppy for our kids and us.

Now we have two very independent but loving kitties named Charlie and Nicky. The point is that pets are a great thing to have to teach kids responsibility and how to care for another living being. But these days many people are just fighting to feed and take care of themselves, so many pets are abandoned.

This Saturday, the second annual Homeless Animals Day will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at Countryside Park, 5250 U.S. 6. The day is also the 22nd annual international day which is to shed light on the global tragedy by memorializing millions of loving, adoptable dogs and cats that have been put to death because there is no one to take care of them. The event is free and has many note-worthy groups to fill you in, provide support and many other things to do with pets. Pets are welcome at the event.

There will be a place where you can create some artwork with your pet. Waggin’ Tail Grill for tasty treats while you picnic with your pet (bring own chairs or blankets). There will be a pet blessing at 2 p.m., contests, raffles, a Puppy Puddle Water Park, live entertainment and $5 pet nail trims to benefit the Kibble Kitchen Pantry.

The Kibble Kitchen Pantry helps pet owners feed and keep their pets who cannot afford to due to unfortunate circumstances instead of abandoning them. Michelle Duca is the founder of the pantry and is coordinating this wonderful event right her in our own city.

Some of the many exhibitors at the event this year are: Nina G Photography, (professional pet portraits), Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry, Safe Haven Rescue & Adoption, CPR Fund Rescue & Adoption, Second Chance 4 Pets(microchips), Lakeshore Pets, Rodbar’s Hound Song, All Breed Rescue Angels, Hobart Humane Society, Independent Cat Society, Sunshine Paws, Hearts and Hounds, 2 X 2, No Chain Porter County, Thirty One, Burn’s Pet Health, New Prairie Soap Company, Paws On Wags and Wiggles, Porter County Animal Shelter, Last Chance Rescue, Cocoa’s Canine Cabana, McAfee Animal Clinic, Pampered Chef, Avon, Coral’s Edge Aquarium Maintenance, Indiana Antler, Head to Tail Pet Sitting, Holy Cross Lutheran Church Comfort Dog Ministry and more.

Come on out to have a great time and check out all the “pet projects” in the area this Saturday in our great city and hats off to Michelle Duca for doing so much to help with the pet population here.

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