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Sunday, the Jester Park Pool in Corsicana is going to the dogs.
After the last of the kids have climbed out for the last time, it’s open swim for the Dalmatians, poodles, Chihuahuas and terriers. Once a year, just before it’s drained for the end of the season, the parks department allows dogs to take a swim in the public pool.
The annual Pooch Paddle will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Jester Park Pool, 600 W. Park Avenue in Corsicana. Admission is $5 for dogs, $1 for people, with all proceeds going towards the Navarro County Humane Society’s spay/neuter program.
The spay/neuter program is designed to help prevent unwanted litters, and ultimately, fewer dogs and cats that have to be destroyed just because they don’t have homes.
“We’ve done in excess of 350 dogs and cats this year so far. We’re spaying and neutering non-stop,” said Marsha McAlister. “We have applied for another grant (for the program), and of course, all the proceeds of the chili cook-off went to spay/neuter.”
The Pooch Paddle has been hosted by the Navarro County Animals at Risk Foundation in the past, but that group has disbanded this past year, so the Humane Society quickly took up the leash on this event.
“Of course, the Pooch Paddle is definitely not a money-maker, but it’s just so much fun,” McAlister said.
All dogs should be current on their immunizations and non-aggressive. For more information, call McAlister at (903) 875-8705, or call the Humane Society offices at (903) 875-1060.
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