Who will be Augusta’s Next Top Dog? It could be a tiny little Chihuahua, a big handsome American bulldog, or your Heinz 57 mix.
On behalf of the nonprofit animal rescue group That’s What Friends Are For Inc., we hope people take our Augusta’s Next Top Dog competition seriously enough to enter their furry companions. But we also hope everyone realizes it is simply for fun and fundraising, and isn’t a formal competition.
Along with raising much-needed funds, we hope to bring more attention to the animal rescue work that is done throughout the CSRA. We are hoping for great participation in each of the categories, in which judges from within our community will rate them with very simple criteria.
There will be first-place medals given, as well as second- and third-place ribbons for each category. There is a trophy for the overall winner – the Top Dog. There also will be a trophy for the Top Underdog – the rescue dog with the most compelling story.
We also will have vendors; raffle drawings; silent auction items; a kissing booth with sweet dogs; and an educational table with information on many pet issues such as fleas, heartworms, parvo, rescue groups, the new ordinances and more. We are pre-selling raffle tickets, and you can contact Tara Rames for more about the raffle tickets. For more information, see the event card on our That’s What Friends Are For page on Facebook.
We will be setting up for this event at Pendleton King Park between 8 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, with plans for the competition and judging starting at 11 a.m., and finishing about 3 p.m.
It is our hope that you will help promote our fundraising event among your family and friends, and even consider making a donation to That’s What Friends Are For. We have been recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit since 2009, and all donations are tax-deductible. All the funds we raise go into our fund that pays for spaying, neutering and vaccines for pets of people who cannot afford the expense, and to help with the cost of more serious veterinarian treatments and surgeries that save or improve the lives of dogs and cats. We also help with such expenses for unowned animals, so they will be more readily adopted into good homes.
Please help us raise some much-needed funds for our lifesaving programs. Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated, and checks can be sent to TWFAF, P.O. Box 9490, Augusta, GA 30906. You also can use PayPal on our website, www.ThatsWhatFriendsAreFor.org.
(The writer is founder of That’s What Friends Are For.)