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COLUMBIA CITY -- The Whitley County Humane Society brought out paws-a-plenty Saturday. Morsches Park was a puppy playground for pooches of all breeds. The Canine Carnival was an event organized by the society to benefit the Whitley County Humane Shelter.
Volunteers ran various attractions, and offered canines and their companions a chance to learn about area service providers. Among the volunteers, students from Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s Key Club paraded dogs from the shelter that are available for adoption.
According to society volunteers and event organizers, the day was planned as a way to generate funds for the shelter and to create an opportunity for awareness. One of the ways the event brought in money, was through a costume contest for pets. Those pet owners entering their four-legged friends into the contest paid a nominal fee to compete. The categories included the costume portion as well as a pet-owner look-a- like and best in show.
Winning the pet show was Lori Groger and Jet in the Best Costume category, Colleen Britten and Shiloh for Best of Show and Kim Foulks and Milo in the Pet-Owner Look-a-Like contest.
Lindsay Pease, the shelterâ€™s director said, â€śThe turn out has been good and weâ€™ve all had a lot of fun.â€ť
Many of the pets were â€śalumni adopted dogs,â€ť once housed at a shelter. Laura Underwood, a volunteer at the Whitley County Humane Shelter, said as she sat among five dogs, â€śThese were all rescued dogs. They all came from a shelter.â€ť
For more photos of the carnival, visit The Post & Mailâ€™s Facebook page.
To learn more about adopting a pet from the Whitley County Humane Shelter, contact the shelter at 244-6664.