Because Animals Matter puts on Dog Day Spectacular

Dog Day Spectacular, Hurricane, Utah, September 2013 | Photo courtesy of Because Animals Matter, St. George News

HURRICANE—Because Animals Matter is hosting its annual Dog Day Spectacular event on Saturday, outdoors at the Hurricane Community Center, 63 South 100 West, Hurricane, Utah.

Children playing at the Dog Day Spectacular 2013, Hurricane, Utah, Sept. 2013 | Photo courtesy of Because Animals Matter
Children playing at the Dog Day Spectacular 2013, Hurricane, Utah, Sept. 2013 | Photo courtesy of Because Animals Matter, St. George News
“The Dog Day Spectacular is a great opportunity for the region’s dog owners to not just learn about fun activities they can do with their dogs, but to also see those dog sports in action; from FUNgility demonstrations and the opportunity for novices to run their dogs through the course, to a professional disc dog competition and more,” BAM President September Smith said.

To start the day off, BAM will host a walk at 8 a.m. to raise awareness for animals. Robin Kirker, longtime animal rights activist and owner of Tails off Trails, will lead the walk. Kirker’s hiking experience with animals promises a lively and enjoyable walk. Your $25 entry donation earns you a souvenir T-shirt and raffle tickets.

“My favorite part of the Dog Day Spectacular each year is getting to see our region’s residents, both people and dogs, come together in Hurricane for a fun day out,” Smith said. “The experience is unlike anything else in Hurricane. There is a huge variety of dogs that attend and last year we even had one guinea pig visitor, and there’s usually a regular visit from a beautiful Macaw who belongs to one of Because Animals Matter’s volunteers.”

The walk event at the Dog Day Spectacular 2013, Hurricane, Utah, Sept. 2013 | Photo courtesy of Because Animals Matter
The walk event at the Dog Day Spectacular 2013, Hurricane, Utah, Sept. 2013 | Photo courtesy of Because Animals Matter, St. George News

Events running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. include FUNgility demonstrations with a chance to have your dog run through the FUNgility course, Skyhoundz DiscDogathon World Championship Qualifier, Southern Utah Dog Sports flyball, adoptable animals from Because Animals Matter and other area rescues H.A.R.T., P.A.W.S., We Care for Animals and Best Friends.

A wide variety of local vendors (some pet related) will be on site all day on the community center grounds. Dog Works Mobile Grooming will be offering nail trimming and other limited services. BAM will conduct a raffle with a wide variety of products donated by local businesses and the event’s vendors. The 2014-2015 Pets Make a Difference calendar will debut at the event as well. Buy raffle tickets and calendars at BAM’s event booth.

Dr, Wittwer does a handstand in the discdogathon, Dog Day Spectacular, Hurricane, Utah, circa 2013 | Photo courtesy of Because Animals Matter, St. George News
Dr, Wittwer does a handstand in the discdogathon, Dog Day Spectacular, Hurricane, Utah, circa 2013 | Photo courtesy of Because Animals Matter, St. George News

About Because Animals Matter

Because Animals Matter is a registered nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing animal abuse and neglect through education. All of Because Animals Matter’s programs and services are supported through the generosity of contributors and dedicated volunteers.

Because Animals Matter operates a network of foster homes to assist animals in need of finding their forever homes, and a network of volunteers to support community programs focused on building strong humane relationships between people and their pets. For more information, visit their website.

Event details and contact information

  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 13
  • Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Location: Hurricane Community Center, 63 South 100 West, Hurricane, Utah
  • Admission: Free (Dog Day Spectacular), $25 per team (Dog Walk Against Animal Abuse)
  • Contact:  435-773-5209
  • Website: Because Animals Matter

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2 Comments

  • De Ke September 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Our dog LOVED this last year!

  • ladybugavenger September 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Hope there were no dog lovin’ freaks there casing out the pretty pups 😉

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