Saturday, August 27, 2022

Paired groups for National Dog Day

By Leslie Gartrell

Photo by Leslie Gartrell/The Daily Standard

Duke, a 4-month-old Wirehaired Terrier, smiles outside Biggby Coffee in St. Marys on Friday. The cafe has partnered with the Auglaize County Humane Society for an adoption and donation drive in honor of National Dog Day.

ST. MARYS – Man’s best friend got a chance to shine at Biggby Coffee on Friday in honor of National Dog Day.

The annual party honors dogs of all shapes and sizes and raises awareness about adopting fuzzy friends at rescue centers.

At Biggby Coffee, the staff decided to partner with the Auglaize County Humane Society to celebrate the holidays with an inaugural National Dog Day event.

The event included wading pools, gourmet treats, specially designed dog bandanas and puppy cups, which are small cups filled with whipped cream and topped with a dog treat.

The Auglaize County Humane Society brought in Duke, an adoptable 4-month-old wire-haired vizsla cross puppy, as an ambassador for the 41 dogs and cats currently available for adoption at the shelter.

The event also served as a fundraiser for the shelter by raising funds through the sale of treats and bandanas and by collecting items such as dog and cat food, treats, cat litter and Moreover.

Biggby Coffee District Manager Jeannette Tajalle said the event lasted two years.

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Biggby District Manager Jeannette Tajalle shakes hands with Belle, an American pit bull terrier, and offers her a treat.

“We were going to do it about two years ago, and then COVID happened, so we had to postpone it,” she said. “Biggby loves his puppies and we give puppy mugs to all the dogs that come through the drive-thru, so we just wanted to take it to the next level.”

In fact, the staff at the St. Marys location love dogs so much that they made a special request to Biggby Company to create a photo wall dedicated to dogs enjoying their puppy mugs.

“Because we’re all such big animal lovers, we thought it would be good to raise awareness of Biggby and the Humane Society and join the two together,” Tajalle said. The shelter has “a lot of animals that need forever homes, and that’s kind of the way to go.”

While buying a specific breed of cat or dog is appealing to some, there are plenty of reasons to consider adopting a pet instead.

According to the Humane Society of America, it is estimated that more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States simply because too many pets are entering shelters and too few people are considering adoption. when looking for a pet.

By adopting rather than buying, the number of euthanized animals could be significantly reduced, according to the Human Society. In return, individuals and families bring home happy, healthy pets waiting for a forever home.

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Lola, the chocolate lab, enjoys a puppy cup filled with whipped cream and topped with a dog treat.

Deb Logan, director of the Auglaize County Humane Society, said nearly all shelter pets are house trained and used to living with families. It’s also much more affordable to shop around rather than spending thousands on a specific breed, she added.

“Each animal is adorable like each child,” Tajalle said. “Every pet, every dog ​​is adorable. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a pet.”

Logan said the shelter is full of cats and kittens because it’s feline birth season and the shelter is not accepting new animals at this time.

She encouraged people to spay and neuter their cats and dogs to keep shelters from being overcrowded, reduce the dumping of pets, and keep adoptable animals off the streets and out of harm’s way.

The Auglaize County Humane Society, 616 N. Dixie Hwy., Wapakoneta, is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The refuge is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.


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