WELLSBURG - Area residents and their pets and anyone who would like to help the Brooke County Animal Shelter are invited to a morning of pet-friendly activities Saturday during the third-annual Brooke High School Spring Festival.
The event is organized by the school's Paws and Claws and French clubs and local Leo Clubs and will include eight competitions for dogs: biggest, smallest, longest ears, cutest face, cutest costume, friendliest, best groomed and best trick. A "Top Dog" will be named at the event's end at 1:35 p.m. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
There is a $3 fee to enter one competition and $5 fee to enter each set of two competitions. Dogs must be at least 1 year old and vaccinated to participate and should remain on leashes at all times.
There also will be an agility course and dog races, with a $2 fee to enter either, from 11:05 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., student photographer Emma Wells will offer 5-by-7 photos, to be developed by Action Images, for $5 each.
Tents will be set up for the pets and their owners, but the owners are asked to bring their own folding chairs for the outdoor event.
Joyce McGeehan, a teacher working with the clubs to organize the event, said proceeds will go to providing a high fence for a play area at the shelter where dogs can get exercise.
Ellen Larter, a sponsor of the event and breeder of labradors, said, "Exercising dogs helps maintain good health in canines and also makes them more sociable."
McGeehan said an Italian dinner and candy sale also have been held to raise money for the project. Last year, the groups raised more than $2,000 for the shelter through the event and other fundraisers.
Those attending Saturday's event will be able to meet dogs and cats available for adoption from the animal shelter. Those who attend are encouraged to bring donations dog and cat food, pet toys, towels and dish and laundry soap for the shelter.
McGeehan said donors are asked to avoid pet food with red dye, some of which has been linked to cancer.