Just one of the articles from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, IBPSA’s digital magazine for pet care services professionals. Read the current issue online here.
They raised the ruff at Dawg Paradise on February 23, 2019, hosting a Paint Your Pet party at the boarding facility in Westville, Indiana. The colorful event held at the IBPSA member facility, owned by Annette Bloss and Laurie Clark, united pet parents, paint, and a convivial atmosphere to raise money and awareness for Giant Paw Prints Rescue, a rescue group for giant breeds in Northwest Indiana. Paint Your Pet brought together approximately 100 people who also enjoyed beer, wine, and food while painting portraits of their pets. For the paint supplies and artistic direction and inspiration, Dawg Paradise worked with a local art gallery. A local restaurant sold food at the event to raise money for the rescue, while also getting their name out to the community. Giant Paw Prints Rescue acquired a temporary beer and wine license through the State of Indiana so that donated libations could be sold, with all proceeds going to the rescue. Tickets to the event were $35, with $5 from each one also going to Giant Paw Prints Rescue. To promote the event and maximize turnout, the boarding facility, art gallery, and rescue all engaged their networking resources and, at the end of the day, close to $1,000 was raised for the rescue, along with raised awareness of both the rescue and Dawg Paradise, as well as the other local businesses involved.
In the spirit of an event that was about coming together, having fun, and supporting local, Dawg Paradise owner Annette notes that “there is no financial gain for us, it’s all for the rescue.” But, she says, “it does give us exposure to some people who follow the rescue but have never been in our facility.”
Will Dawg Paradise host another Paint Your Pet event? Most likely. This was the second time for the facility to host the event and, Annette says, the Dawg Paradise clients “responded well to it and usually ask us when we are going to do another one.” And, perhaps, even more than being “a great opportunity to bring people into your facility that may not have seen you before,” she says that Dawg Paradise is a “huge supporter of rescue and we love giving back to them whenever we have the chance.”
Photos courtesy Dawg Paradise.