Bayside Pet Resort & Humane Society of Manatee County joined forces on October 19th to raise money and awareness for shelter animals, and to have a little fun at the same time. Non athletic Olympic Games included a pie eating contest, shedding contest, howling contest, longest tail, smallest dog, look-a-like, and more.
A small donation was required to enter a dog into an Olympic game, but each dog got a souvenir bandana just for participating, and a bag full of goodies to the winners. Nine rescue groups brought animals in hopes of finding their “Forever Home”.
According to Samantha Dominis, Public Relations and Event Coordinator of the Humane Society, gave a breakdown of the successful weekend:
· 14 dog adoptions
· 5 cat adoptions
· 250 guests
· 150+ dogs
· $500+ raised for the Humane Society of Manatee County (dog registrations, nail trims, face painting and raffle tickets)
Participating shelters and rescue groups included: Humane Society of Manatee County, Manatee County Animal Services, Bishop Animal Shelter, Gulf Shore Animal League, Royal Pet Rescue, Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, Canine Castaways, Safe Haven Animal Rescue and Almost Home Dog Rescue.
We are also proud to announce that our own little Olympian, Rico competed as well and took home gold in the smallest dog category, literally nosing out his closest competitor by one tenth of an ounce. Rico, a long-haired Chihuahua’s sleek physique is often disguised by his feathery fur. So, we were surprised to see how truly petite he is. Rico and his owner Sue, also won in the owner – dog LookAlike contest, donning twin Gator gear.
Thanks to all who donated the space and lots of time and energy to this event and to all who turned out to support the Manatee County Humane Society!