The Aberdeen Area Humane Society has always been a beacon of positivity for Aberdeen’s animals, and it’s all made possible thanks to the goodwill and donations from the animal lovers in town. Looking for ways to help? Here are four of the Humane Society’s biggest events for 2023.
The Aquatic Center is Going to the Dogs!
One of the Humane Society’s most popular events comes along at the end of each summer. Dogs and their owners are welcome to splash around and cool off in the Aquatic Center’s pools before they close their doors for the season. Despite inclement weather and COVID shutdowns, the event still sees a huge turnout.
“It was both of our ideas, the Humane Society and the Aquatic Center,” said Elaine Schaible. “There’s not a ton of planning involved, and it’s super easy for anyone to participate.”
This event also serves as a fundraiser. The Humane Society asks that participants bring a donation, whether it’s pet supplies or a monetary donation.
Second Paw Sale
Twice a year, in the fall and spring, the Second Paw Sale is held at the Brown County Fairground’s Expo Building. This giant rummage sale is held on Saturday mornings, but anyone can participate in First Pick Friday, which allows shoppers to get in on the deals early for a $20 donation.
“We had to move to the Expo Building last year,” Elaine said. “We never thought it would be as big as it is!”
The Second Paw Sale is the Humane Society’s biggest volunteer event, with over 1,000 volunteer hours logged each year.
Puttin’ for Paws
Puttin’ for Paws is a golf tournament held each summer at the Rolling Hills Golf Course. This 18 hole, four person scramble includes golf cart rental, meals, raffle prizes, and lots of fun. Along with team registration, there are opportunities for hole sponsorships as well.
“So many different groups of people want to help out, so we thought a golf tournament would be a great way to get more members of the community involved,” Elaine said.
Soggy Doggy Dock Diving
The Soggy Doggy Dock Diving is one of the Humane Society’s newest events. The tournament is held at Anchors Away at Richmond Lake. Each dog will get two jumps from the dock, with the longest jump being the qualifying score. From there, the top scoring dogs will have a jump off to determine the overall winner. There are prizes available, as well as plenty of chances to earn bragging rights!
“We wanted to make some more events,” Elaine said. “It’s also fun because the dock diving is a chance for the dogs to participate as well.”
Participants can register on-site or preregister for a discounted price. Spectators and their pets are welcome to attend as well. //