Annual pooch plunge slated for Saturday

PHOTOGRAPHER:
Dan Gallup, Amsterdam, is shown playing with his dog, Brando, at the Montgomery County SPCA sixth annual Pooch Plunge at the Veterans Park swimming pool on Locust Avenue at last year’s event. (The Leader-Herald)

AMSTERDAM — Dogs will be diving for fundraiser dollars during the seventh annual Pooch Plunge this Saturday at Veteran’s Park.

The event, sponsored by LaVilla Dog Works, will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the park on Locust Avenue. In case of rain, the event will be held Sunday. The fundraising event will benefit the homeless pets of the MCSPCA Animal Shelter.

Greeting participants and prospective adopters will be the “MCSPCA Ambassador Dogs” who are awaiting adoption at the MCSPCA Animal Shelter. The public is also welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket and watch the dogs enjoy their plunge — a $2 per person donation is requested.

The pool is closed to the public for swimming and only dogs are allowed to swim. Wading pools and sprinklers will also be available. Toys will be provided for the dogs to play with their people and both in and out of the water. The canine playground will offer additional activity for the dogs.

For the enjoyment and safety of all participants, dogs must be dog-friendly and people-friendly. Dogs can play off-leash in the fenced area, but must be leashed outside the fencing, and must be under their owner’s control at all times. Owners must be willing and able to enter the pool as necessary.

Owners are also reminded to bring bags and be prepared to clean up after their dogs.

“Big Splash Sponsor” LaVilla Dog Works, of Johnstown, will showcase their popular custom collars and leashes and more. They will be joined by “Plunge Partner” sponsor Harvey’s Home, Garden & Pet Center, of Johnstown, with a sampling of its services and products. Providing lunch for sale throughout the afternoon will be the Amsterdam High School varsity swim team.

The Pooch Plunge fundraiser will also feature raffles baskets, and the MCSPCA information booth will be available to learn more about the Animal Shelter, pets available for adoption, and the programs and services the MCSPCA offers to the animals and residents of the community.

The Montgomery County SPCA’s is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of homeless, abandoned, neglected and abused animals in the Montgomery County area. Funded primarily by public donations, nominal fees and municipal service contracts, the MCSPCA receives no regular funding from governmental agencies nor from national animal welfare organizations such as the ASPCA or Humane Society of the US.

For more information on the MCSPCA, visit or Facebook.

By Patricia Older

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