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Pier Village Goes to the Dogs This Weekend

Paws for a Cause slated for Saturday

Dogs and their owners will descend upon Pier Village this Saturday for a day made for man's best friend.

The Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals is hosting Paws For A Cause Day at Pier Village in Long Branch on June 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will feature free, pet-friendly activities for families and their dogs. Guests can make donations to support the mission of the non-profit Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals. 

The foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial support and educational resources to non-profit, no-kill animal rescue groups and organizations from across the country.

The day will begin with the Purr’n Pooch 5K Classic Run/Walk at 8 a.m. with race day registration starting an hour earlier at Pier Village’s Festival Plaza.

The Long Branch Animal Control prohibits dogs on the beach, boardwalk and promenade so they will not be allowed to participate in the race with owners.

Visit the Purr'n Pooch Web site to pre-register with the race organizers at Race Forum. There is a $25 fee to register and race proceeds benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals.

Throughout the day, the Emmy-winning animated movie short “Tails of Love” will be shown. The film promotes the humane treatment and adoption of animals.

This spring, middle school children from across Monmouth County were invited to submit their original animals stories or drawings to the “Tails of Love” contest.  

Winners included Sam Jansky, 8, from Little Silver Point Road School, Eric Bellino, 8, from Little Silver, Ryan Karr, 9,  from Little Silver Point Road School, Carolyn Hester, 8, from Oceanport, Molly Kenney, 9, from Little Silver, Emma Greene 9, from Monmouth Beach, Abigail Wieczevzak 10, from Lincroft, and Victoria Spadavecchia 4, from Monmouth Beach.

The winners worked together  to create the film over the course of several production workshops at Small Factory's studio in Fair Haven. Small Factory Productions has created a library of more than 200 cartoons produced by more than 1,000 children from across NY and NJ.  

Other event highlights include a Long Branch K-9 Police demonstration, face painting with the Monmouth County Underdogs, DOGA (yoga with your dog) with Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, canine treats from Jodes Happy Tail, and a meet and greet with adoptable dogs from local rescue organizations.

The Paws for a Cause Day Doggie Fashion Show will be held on the Main Stage in Festival Plaza at 1 p.m. During the show, "Tails of Love" winners will show off summer fashions as their doggie models strut their stuff in fashions from Paws & Pose Pet Boutique.

For more information about the event, visit purrnpoochfoundation.org.

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