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Wet, wonderful day benefits Animal Rescue

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From Great Dane to bloodhound to yellow Lab to Yorkie and many other breeds, dogs had a great day on Sunday at Carroll Aquatic Center.

They splashed, paddled, retrieved tennis balls and took trips down a mini slide in Animal Rescue of Carroll’s ninth annual Doggie Dip.

ARC didn’t keep official attendance but estimated nearly 100 dogs total in two different sessions.

ARC volunteer and Board Secretary Karen Schouten said one of the highlights of the day was seeing the big variety of breeds.

Schouten also noted, “We had a lot of our former shelter dogs that have been adopted. Their adopters brought them back for the event. It’s always nice to see them and see that they’re happy in their new homes.”

Although Doggie Dip attendance was down slightly from previous years, Schouten said, fundraising was up.

“It seemed like people were very generous in dropping donations in,” she said.

All funds raised by Doggie Dip stay with ARC, strictly a volunteer operation, and are used for feeding and housing the dogs and cats as well as shelter upkeep.

Many dogs and cats are available for adoption, Schouten said.

She added, “We do have senior dogs. If anyone wishes to adopt a senior dog, the adoption fee is already paid. The senior dogs are very good as pets, especially for somebody who’s a little older and doesn’t want a puppy. Puppies require more maintenance. Senior dogs are calmer and more settled.”

At Doggie Dip, ARC provided tennis balls for dogs to retrieve, and all the animals were treated to a Milk Bone parting gift.

Six owners paid $20 each to have their dogs microchipped. The chips can be read for contact information if pets become lost.

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