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Tipton Ridge will host Community Day open house

Cody_humane society-webBy LAURA ENDERSON

laura@southwesttimes.com

The Pulaski County Humane Society and Tipton Ridge Veterinary Medical Center are teaming together to bring back Community Day. The event is planned for Saturday, April 27 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Tipton Ridge.

“It was so popular, we’re doing it again,” said humane society Director, Candice Simmons. “We are hoping to make Community Day an annual event.”

The event will include adoptable animals, humane education, and a Creepy Crawler Corner with snakes, spiders, and turtles. The humane society plans on bringing at least five adoptable dogs, as well as a few adoptable cats to Community Day. Applications for all shelter pets will be available on site, but can take up to 72 hours to fully process.

“The homeless dogs and cats at the Pulaski County Animal Shelter are really looking forward to getting out of their kennels and mixing and mingling with their human counterparts,” Simmons said. “They know this is their chance to find that perfect forever home.”

For adults, Community Day will feature veterinary hospital tours and booths showcasing dog training, and specialized surgery. And for the children, there will be many fun activities, including face-painting, crafts and free snow cones.

“We are trying to educate children early to be good pet owners.” Simmons said.

Josie, a Labrador Retriever who joined the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Law Enforcement’s K9 last year, will also be there to perform a few tricks. Josie helps detect wildlife violations, and searches for people lost in the wilderness.

Tipton Ridge Veterinary Medical Center is located on Bob White Boulevard in Pulaski. Attendees can park in the Critzer Elementary School parking lot.

The Pulaski County Humane Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the welfare of animals in the community. They work closely with Animal Control to adopt out and rescue as many dogs and cats as possible. They also host weekly low cost spay/neuter and vaccinations clinics.