Dixie’s Adopt-A-Paws: ‘Dog Day Spectacular,’ through the woof

FEATURE —The “Dog Day Spectacular” held in Hurricane by nonprofit Because Animals Matter, or BAM, went through the “woof” Saturday.

BAM hosts the event annually, every second Saturday in September, showcasing different adoptable dogs from various local shelters and organizations.

Featured this week is the beautiful collie-shepherd mix, Rigley; the beagle with lots to love, Baxter; a sweet Chihuahua named Smokey; and a jovial corgi mix named Henry.

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The morning started off with a dog walk. People from the community brought their own pups and volunteers took some of the adoptees on the adventure. The area was filled with various vendors, food trucks and supporters.

A FUNgility course was set up for dogs of all ages and sizes to play and exercise, flyball, freestyle competitions and even a flying disc dog competition.

“We started as a small organization focused on education in the community,” said September Smith, President of BAM.

BAM’s main purpose is to reduce animal abuse and neglect through educating the public.  BAM does not receive any government funding and is solely volunteer-based to ensure the welfare of the area’s animals.

“Luckily, this year we are moving forward with that mission even more than we have before and this event helps us do that,” Smith said.

BAM offers multiple services and hosts various fundraisers. For example, the “Kibbles on Wheels” program is designed to help the pets of senior citizens in the Hurricane Valley who receive help from Meals-on-Wheels.

This is a way to ensure their beloved animals also get the nutrition they need. BAM hopes to expand the program to the greater Washington County area as well.

BAM currently does not have a facility to adopt out animals, so they have many volunteers who foster a variety of pets.

Today, however, BAM announced at the event that they are in motion to obtain their own facility in Hurricane. Animals will still not be housed in this location but will serve as a place for foster volunteers to bring them and also a thrift store to benefit the animals.

P.A.W.S, Providing Animals With Support, the LaVerkin Animal Shelter and other organizations were also there showcasing some fluffy forever friends.


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1 Comment

  • Mike September 13, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Nice article. It was a fun event and your coverage was great.

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