Woofs and Wags in Delhi on Saturday

Delhi —Time to Pony, Twist, and Stroll on over to the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society’s 10th annual Woofs‘n Wags Dog Walk and Fair on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the American Legion Hall and Field, Route 10, Delhi.

“Long Live Ruff & Roll” revisits poodle skirts, sock hops and hula hoops for a Fabulous Fifties’ fundraising tribute to the homeless cats and dogs of the Catskills region!

“Hey, hey Daddy-o! This year’s event is packed with activities, demos and rock‘n roll fun,” says Deb Crute, director of shelter operations. “We listened to our supporters and tightened up our schedule this year. Registration starts promptly at 11:30 a.m. with quick shelter dog struts and introductions at noon, followed by the official dog walk at 12:15 p.m. Mix in lunch and a bunch of demos and contests, and before you know it, it’s time to award prizes to our top three fundraisers at 2:00 p.m., This year’s top donation-getter takes home an Alta Log doghouse.”

Admission is $5 per person; supporters raising $100 in donations receive free admission, a 2012 Woofs‘n Wags Ruff‘n Roll t-shirt, and dog bandana. Download a pledge form at heartofthecatskills.org.

“Long Live Ruff ‘n Roll” festivities include: Easy-in dog registration and donation drop-offs from 11:30 a.m. to noon, The Blessing of the Animals with Pastor Martha Vink at noon, The Shelter Dog Strut leads off the official dog walk at 12:15 p.m. (walk at your own pace, water bowls provided), Hunker down for lunch at the Hard Ruff Café Burger Joint and Soda Shoppe Tent from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Shake a leg to Rockin’ Ruff‘n Roll music with Chet Delameter, Remember The Days at the Cruise-in car show (weather permitting).

Enter contests like Best Canine Ruff n’ Roll Costume, Hula Hoop Hullabaloo for Humans, and Best Elvis Impersonator (dog and human), prizes awarded here, too, Get your pet photo taken by the big jukebox, Find the latest in pet fashions, gifts and totally cool threads at the Beastie Boutique, Take a chance with a 50/50 raffle, poop raffle, and dog biscuit guessing contest, and Cruise home with a backseat full of belly-growlin’ baked goods from the Barkin’ Good Bake Sale.

“We’ve packed a lot of activities into a short time,” adds Crute. “Phyllis from Forest Grooming shares pet care tips in the Made In the Shade Grooming Tent. King cat-sters can kick back in the Kool Kats Tent with Tom from Feline Fantasies.

The cat’s meow
Cast your votes in the Feline Furr-tography Contest for the best in these cat-gories: Rebel Without a Cause, Love Me Tender, You Ain’t Nuthin’ but a Hound Dog’s Friend, The Cat’s Cradle; Shake, Rattle & Roll, and You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby. Photos have already been submitted, so please leave your cats at home on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society too.”

The annual dog walk and fair is one of the animal shelter’s key fundraisers along with a March rummage sale, Spring dance and auction, year-round Gifts from the Heart Store in Andes, and December’s Holiday for the Heart tree event. “It costs us over $1,250 a day to run the shelter for over 275 animals in our care,” says Crute. “Almost all of our funding comes from grassroots events like the dog walk and generous donors like you. Thanks to all our sponsors this year, including our King of Dogs sponsors, Century 21 Chesser Realty Joanne and Eddie Callahan, Delaware National Bank of Delhi and Delhi Liquor Store. Their pre-event support helps us stage this event and gather the community around our pet companions and the joy they bring to our lives.”

Pet owners are invited to bring one dog on a leash per walker. Dogs should be at least six months old with current rabies and name tags. For everyone’s safety, leave dogs in heat and those with questionable temperaments at home.

Can’t make it Saturday, Sept. 15? You can still help by sending your donation to the Heart of the Catskill Humane Society, PO Box 88, Delhi, NY 13753. For more information, visit www.heartofthecatskills.org or call 607 746-3080. Can you dig it?