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Waterpaws welcomes dogs to splash in pool Saturday
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Eevee the Pomeranian is having a doggone good time during this file photo taken at a previous Waterpaws event.

If you’re looking to have a splashing good time with your best four-legged pal, then you’ll be thrilled to learn that Helping Animals of Warren County’s annual Waterpaws event is making a return next weekend on Sept. 11.

The only event of its kind in Warren County, Waterpaws is held at Gilley Pool once swim season ends for the year, allowing dogs and their owners to enjoy some time in the water. Dogs of all sizes are invited, but organizers request that owners give careful consideration to their dogs’ social skills, as there will be many dogs in attendance.

The event was unable to be held last year due to COVID-19 concerns, but HAWC president Hollie Cox says the organization is happy to welcome in the public and their faithful pooches. “We are excited to have it back this year,” said Cox. “The dogs always love it and we enjoy seeing them have a good time.”

As the event was confirmed last-minute, HAWC was unable to sell vendor spots like in years past but will have a booth set up where they will be accepting donations for pet food, supplies and money. Entries into a door prize raffle are being offered to anyone who makes a donation, but free gifts will be handed out to each dog present. 

Waterpaws will take place at Gilley Pool between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11. The fee for entry is $4 per dog and must be paid at the gate. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required. 

HAWC asks that owners bring a print-out directly from their dog’s vet to verify they are vaccinated, a simple rabies tag will not suffice. 

Aggressive dogs and dogs in heat will not be permitted. Owners are required to clean up after their dogs for the duration of their visit.