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Kids, canines crowd Crossroads for Bow Wow Luau

Published 7:14pm Monday, July 4, 2011

Dozens of canines – and their owners – crowded the green at Russell Crossroads on a dog day of summer for the Lake Martin Animal Shelter’s Bow Wow Luau.

Big and small dogs frolicked across the grass in the triple-digit heat from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the second annual fundraiser. Mia Chandler, manager of the shelter, said she was happy with the turnout.

“There’s a ton of dogs and a ton of kids. I’m happy,” she said.

The event included inflatables, games and prizes for children and their families. Local dog businesses set up booths on the lawn and the several of the Lake Martin Animal Shelter dogs also attended.

One of those dogs found a new home on Saturday.

“Bitsy is going home with me today,” Prattville native Donna Whetstone said.

Bitsy seemed very happy with the arrangement as she played with Jackie O, another dog Whetstone adopted last year from the Lake Martin Animal Shelter.

Chandler said some visitors showed “mild interest” in some of the other dogs and she hoped more adoptions would take place in the future.

The luau was a testament to many happy adoptions that had already taken place. Chandler said she recognized many of the dogs at the event as former residents of the shelter.

“There is instant gratification when you see one of the adopted shelter dogs,” she said.

A silent auction was also held to raise money for the event. The auction is the only source of funding for the shelter, although Chandler’s life insurance company, Modern Woodmen of America, has offered to match the funds raised up to $2,500.