Mutt Strut Raises Funds And Wags Tails
The ninth annual Mutt Strut fund raiser on Oct. 23 at the Wetzel County Fairgrounds brought in over an impressive $7,000. According to Wetzel County Animal Shelter Director Rosy Cozart, about $3,800 of that came from generous sponsors made up of individuals and local businesses.
This is the group’s major fund raiser to help the homeless and unwanted pets in the area. Many owners and their pets attended the free event to walk with their pups and enjoy a day of fair-style fun with man’s best friends.
Winners for the most money raised were: first place adult category, Veronica Price collecting $945; second place adult category, Nina Petry collecting $400; first place age 17 and under category, Cheyanna Day collecting $288; and second place age 17 and under category, Alex Yeager collecting $171.
Robert Scott won first place in the costume contest followed by Sharon Howell and Debbie Highley taking second and third place, respectively. In the Pet Owner Look-A-Like contest Robert Scott and girls took first prize, Pam Nelson and Hoover took second place, and Trace Free and his pug took third place. The Best Kissers at this year’s event include Pat Ordile and Sophie, first place; Chelsea Weekley and FooFoo, second place; and Pam Nelsen and Monty, third place.
In the pumpkin decorating contest Chelsea Weekley won in the adult category and the Yeager family took first prize and Kasey (no last name provided) took second in the age 17 and under category.
In the pie cook-off Robin Spencer won first place with a strawberry apple pie and Leslie Manley took second with an impossible coconut pie.
It was determined Jamie Yost and Roxanne from North Carolina traveled the farthest to attend the Mutt Strut, with Jody Goodrich and Sadie of Indiana, and Jill Warneke and Homer of Woodsfield taking second and third place honors for their distance traveled for the tail-wagging fund raiser.
This year, top prizes included a 19-inch flat screen television and three $100-150 gift certificates.
The shelter supporters want to thank all of their sponsors and those who attended this year. Sponsors include businesses and individuals listed below.
Lifetime Memorial Sponsorship in Kayla McElaney’s memory.
Corporate Sponsors were: Riverside Services, Inc.; Carl, Linda, Angel, and Velvet Reist; and Kimble Chiropractic Clinic, in honor of their Bodi and Ginger.
Gold Paw Sponsors were: AAA Homes; Dog Palace; Domino’s Pizza; Klug Bros. Inc.; Now and Forever Pet Crematory; Wetzel-Valley Agencies, Inc.; The Percinsky Pack; Design’s and Logos; Power Country 104 and Magic 99.5; RCS Printing/Business Machines; Radio Shack/Verizon Wireless; A and M Solutions, In Loving Memory of Tara, Lacey, and Bu.
Silver Paw Sponsors were: New Martinsville Moose Lodge #931, Nancy Ray and Poteet, and the Wetzel County Hospital.
Proceeds from the event pay for vetting and pet maintenance while the animals are in the shelter to ensure that they will find a home.
Another big fund raiser for the shelter is the upcoming auction to be held Nov. 27 at the Mollohan Center on the Wetzel County Fairgrounds. The dinner catered by Quinet’s Court Restaurant will begin at 5 p.m. and the auction will start at 6 p.m. Cozart Auctions will be donating their services for the fund raiser as they auction off new, unused items donated from businesses, local and beyond. There will also be door prizes (must be present to win) and a 50/50 drawing.
There is no admission for the auction itself. However, tickets for dinner will be sold at the door and can be purchased ahead of time at the shelter, Dr. White’s, Dr. Barnes’, or Dr. Meckley’s offices. Tickets are $8 each. The menu includes spaghetti, cole slaw, iced tea, coffee, and dessert.
Why go shopping when you can sit, eat, shop, and support the Wetzel County Animal Shelter all in one evening?
For more information on fund raising events or about the shelter call Rosy Cozart at the Wetzel County Animal Shelter at 304-455-5348.