Moncrief Park to host Dog Paddle on Saturday

Dogs participate in a past Dog Paddle at Moncrief Park. (Courtesy photo)
Staff Writer

After hosting a summer of fun for families in Starkville, Moncrief Park will be the venue of one last pool party before it closes on Saturday — the seventh annual Oktibbeha County Humane Society Dog Paddle.

The dog-centered pool party will begin at 9 a.m. this year and end at noon, with tickets $25 before the event and $30 at the gate. There will be snow cones, music, raffle prizes and games throughout the morning.

The Dog Paddle is a fundraiser for OCHS’s spay and neuter program, which helps reduce overpopulation of stray animals in the area. This year is the biggest year, yet, and OCHS Manager Christy Wells said they have 23 sponsors in the community who are donating for the cause.

“The money that is raised from the Dog Paddle goes to our spay and neuter fund, so that allows us to keep our adoption fees lower,” Wells said. “Every animal we have is spayed or neutered before going to their forever home.”

A raffle will be drawn with prizes ranging from Kendra Scott jewelry to Kroger gift cards, and every ticket-holder gets a T-shirt.

“We’ll have someone watching at the gate to make sure no pets get out as people go in and out of the pool,” Wells said.

Wells said no one is excluded from the event, even people who do not have their own dog are invited to come. The OCHS crew will bring some of their shelter animals to swim with attendees who do not have a four-legged partner to swim with.

OCHS does ask attendees to be aware of their dogs’ comfort level when it comes to being around other animals, and that dogs who are brought to the pool are friendly toward others.