Oswego is going to the dogs … “warrior dogs,” that is.
The brainchild of resident Pat Gavros, the Warrior Dog Project was created to support disabled veterans and military working dogs during and after their service.
Gavros knew there was little she could do alone, but if she created a communitywide effort to educate the public, they would be inspired to pitch in and raise funds to assist two organizations.
The first is Save-A-Vet, a nonprofit organization that acquires nonadoptable dogs and pairs them with disable veterans who, in return for caring for the dogs, receives a place to live.
The second is Support Military Working Dogs, which provides equipment kits for dogs.
The kits include cooling vests, “doggles” to protect their eyes, “mutt luks” to protect the pads of their paws and “mutt muffs” to protect their ears while they are in airplanes and helicopters waiting for deployment.
Gavros has conducted several fundraisers, which also serve to educate. The next events are scheduled for Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.
From 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, the public is invited to visit with Gavros at the Fox Valley Winery, 5600 U.S. Route 34 for music, food, wine tasting and raffle.
The final event will be a Dog-A-Rama from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, in the parking lot of Petco, 3066 U.S. Route 34. The family-friendly event will have music provided by DJ Bud Bieber, balloons, crafts, face painting, raffles, dog adoption, bounce house and more. The Save-A-Vet truck will be there with Danny Scheurer and his working dog, Nero.
More information, a method to donate and tickets for events can be found at www.warriordog.co (not .com).
Originally posted here: Valley Free Press | Events benefit Warrior Dog Project.