A year ago, the Sheridan JROTC in collaboration with the Noble Impact program, started a tradition that is entering its second year – Doggo Day, a free dog adoption event, will be held at the Sheridan Recreation Center Dog Park on Saturday, April 20.
Heading up the event this year is Sheridan High School senior August DeLong, who helped last year with the program, which helps find homes for the plethora of dogs that are being housed at the Sheridan Animal Shelter.
DeLong and his associates will be at the dog park at the recreation center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Approximately 20 dogs are currently housed at the shelter that are in need of a good home. All those who adopt dogs will receive a leash and collar to take home with the dog. Those items have been purchased with donations through the school.
DeLong said that if the event is a success to the point that the dogs being housed at the animal shelter are all adopted, there are more dogs available for adoption that will be brought in from the Pine Bluff shelter. Also, DeLong added that if that happens, or if the school-donated leashes and collars are insufficient in numbers, the JROTC and Noble Impact class will purchase additional ones so that everyone adopting dogs at the event will have the proper equipment to get their new pets to their vehicles and home.
In addition to leashes and collars, this free adoption event will also provide certificates for the animals and a record of the dogs’ shots, if available.
Many of the dogs that will be available at the event have been waiting to be adopted for some time.
(This reporter recently adopted a dog from that shelter himself and could not be happier with his new member of the family. While there, I spent time with many of the other dogs and found nearly all of them to be incredibly friendly and ready for a permanent home with a new family.)
There are a variety of breeds, ranging in size from small, lap-dog type pups to large, outdoor dogs. The ages of the animals also varies, so there is a good chance the right dog for you will be available for adoption.
The Doggo Day event is one of a myriad of community service events that students from the Noble Impact class take part in each year. Many students use events such as this as a stepping stone for a future in community service, whether it be professionally or on a volunteer basis.
When the Doggo Day event was conceived, some of the students where surprised to learn that many people in Grant County did not realize there was a pound/shelter in the area where they can adopt a new family friend.
The facility where the dogs are housed for the majority of the year is overseen by trustees at the jail who work with the animals, training them, and thereby making the dogs even more adoptable than they already were.
The Sheridan Animal Control Center is located past the Sheridan Police Department. A benefit to the city of a successful dog adoption day is that there are fewer animals at the shelter, which requires less tax money to keep running.
DeLong, his fellow students and the dogs from the shelter will be waiting patiently for visitors throughout the day Saturday, April 20 in the dog park at the Sheridan Recreation Center, which is located on U.S. Highway 46 South.