AMSTERDAM - The fourth annual Pooch Plunge, sponsored by LaVilla Dog Works, will take place Saturday, (rain date is Aug. 30) from noon to 4 p.m. at the Veterans Park swimming pool on Locust Avenue.
The fundraising event will benefit the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New Animal Shelter Building Fund.
Greeting participants and prospective adopters will be the "MCSPCA Ambassador Dogs," which are awaiting adoption at the MCSPCA Animal Shelter, a news release said.
Admission is $10 per dog. The public is welcome to come and watch the dogs enjoy their plunge, and a $1 per person donation will be appreciated, the release said.
The pool will be closed to the general public, and only dogs will be allowed to swim. Wading pools and sprinklers will be available for non-swimming dogs. Toys will be provided for the dogs to play with their people and each other both in and out of the water. The canine playground will offer an additional activity for the dogs.
For the enjoyment and safety of all participants, dogs must be dog-friendly and people-friendly, the release said. Dogs can play off-leash in the fenced area, but must be leashed when entering the rest of the park, and must be under their owner's control at all times. Owners must be willing and able to enter the pool as necessary. Owners are also reminded to bring bags and be prepared to clean up after their dogs.
The Pooch Plunge fundraiser will also feature the MCSPCA Shelter Shop, with MCSPCA T-shirts, sweatshirts, magnets and more available for purchase. LaVilla Dogs Works of Johnstown will showcase its custom collars, leashes and more. The MCSPCA information booth will be available for people to learn more about the animal shelter, pets available for adoption and the programs and services the MCSPCA offers to the animals and residents of the community. Refreshments will be available for sale throughout the afternoon.
The fundraising event is also sponsored by Harvey's Home, Garden and Pet Center.
The MCSPCA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of homeless, abandoned, neglected and abused animals in the Montgomery County area. Funded primarily by public donations and nominal fees, the MCSPCA receives no funding from governmental agencies, nor from national animal welfare organizations such as the ASPCA or Humane Society of the U.S., the release said.