Public Swimming Pool Goes to the Dogs

Published by Alisa Mullins.

It was a busy weekend for PETA staffers in our hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. We were proud to be one of the chief sponsors of the Norfolk Animal Care Center’s (NACC) annual Dogs Gone Swimming event, in which a local pool goes, well, to the dogs for one day before closing for the season. As usual, they had a blast.

Dog next to swimming poolPhoto by Barbara Hays/Norfolk Animal Care Center

Dog swimming with tennis ballPhoto by Barbara Hays/Norfolk Animal Care Center

One of PETA’s low-cost mobile spay/neuter clinics was on hand to provide canine companions with rabies shots and nail trimmings for the bargain-basement price of $5.

Dogs Gone Swimming

More than 300 dogs attended, and the event raised $15,000 for NACC’s animal adoption and foster programs!

Dog in front of "Dogs Only!" sign at swimming poolPhoto by Barbara Hays/Norfolk Animal Care Center

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, PETA staffed an information table at the annual Norfolk Neighborhood Expo, educating citizens about the many services that PETA provides, including low- to no-cost spay/neuter surgeries, reduced-cost vaccinations, free straw bedding and doghouses, and more.

Norfolk Annual Neighborhood Expo(2)

Norfolk Annual Neighborhood Expo

And last but not least, the Harbor Gallery, a local art gallery that’s famous for its resident cats, generously loaned us its display windows on busy Colley Avenue to show off some of the cats and kittens we currently have up for adoption.

"Adopt a Shelter Cat!" sign

Cat available for adoption

Woman holding kitten

Cat available for adoption

Woman holding cat

While several people expressed interest in taking home one or more of these friendly felines, none of the cats is officially spoken for—yet. If you are interested in adopting one of our rescued kitties, e-mail [email protected].

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