MERIDEN — Rain and cooler temperatures did not stop many from attending the 10th annual Pet Fair, Dog Walk and 5k Road Race in Hubbard Park.
”It’s fun. The weather notwithstanding, to see the smile on people’s faces and happy dogs,” said Dave Lake, event coordinator.
The Meriden Rotary Foundation and Saving Paws partnered in hosting the Saturday event.
Lake said they decided to partner with Saving Paws because it is a local organization that helps animals.
”Last year [Saving Paws] helped over 200 pets find their forever home,” Lake said.
The pet fair consisted of vendors, demonstrations, information tables and food trucks.
Dawn Tyson of Middletown attended with her two Shih Tzu dogs, Jazzy and China. She started coming three years ago when China was a puppy.
”I’ve been coming ever since. I love the walk, when it’s not raining, and seeing the other dogs. It’s a good fundraiser” Tyson said.
Proceeds benefited Saving Paws and the Rotary Club.
“We’re attempting to raise as much money as we can to save as many animals we can,” Lake said.
Lake said a few of his friends have been able to adopt dogs after attending the pet fair event over the years.
”Hopefully a few animals, through today, find their forever home,” Lake said.