LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (War Memorial) - Bring your dog for a swim at the War Memorial pool Oct. 20 and help the homeless animals at the Little Rock Animal Village, the city's animal shelter. The Jim Dailey Fitness Center Pool will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. for dog owners to bring their pets to swim. The cost of Doggie Paddle Day, sponsored by the Friends of the Animal Village, is $10 for one animal or $15 for two.
During the event, winners will also be announced for the Friends of the Animal Village's 2013 Pet Photo Contest. A dog and cat grand prize winner in the contest will be announced as well as winners in several categories, including "Most Mature," "Sweetest Baby," "Best Looking," "Most Athletic" and Class Clown." The theme for this year's photo contest is "Class of 2013." The grand prize is a $200 gift certificate from Bedford Camera and Video. Category winners will receive canvas prints of their pets and gift baskets.
KTHV-TV, Channel 11, Anchor Craig O'Neill will serve as master of ceremonies for the Doggie Paddle Swim and the Photo Contest. Dogs participating in the Doggie Paddle Swim must be spayed or neutered and have proof of vaccinations. No city-defined "dangerous" breeds will be admitted.
The fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of the Animal Village, a volunteer organization that provides supplemental support for the Little Rock Animal Village. The group accepts donations and hosts fundraisers for the shelter throughout the year in an effort to raise awareness about the Village, increase adoptions and improve the quality of life for animals housed there.