Filled with arfs, meows and purrs, Lapping Park went to the dogs and other four-legged friends this past Saturday as various animal protection organizations gathered for the first annual Rescue the Rescuers event. With more than 20 different rescue associations in attendance, the event aimed to encourage local pet adoption and promote volunteer and fundraising opportunities within the organizations.
Floyds Knobs resident Lauren Howard, founder of Piece of my Heart Animal Rescue, helped to organize Rescue the Rescuers.
She said many animal protection organizations have been affected by the economic downturn and need funds and volunteers to help maintain their relief efforts. To combat this, money collected through an event raffle was equally distributed among the different participating organizations. In addition, the associations and other local vendors also sold pet-friendly merchandise and animal care products.
“The main objective is to help shelters and rescues move some dogs and also help them to raise money for vet bills because of things that have been happening due to the economy and whatnot,” Howard said. “They need funds from the community. They need the community to adopt. Period.”