Pets receive benefits from Furry Friends Day

Photo by Marcelly Peyre-Ferry Debbie Charles sits with Daisy Mae at Furry Friends Day.

By MARCELLA PEYRE-FERRY

For 21st Century Media

OXFORD - Pets sometimes need help finding a safe and loving home. Furry Friends day in Oxford, Sat. Sept 14 was a fun event for people and pets that raised over $600 for Rescue Dogs Rock Rescue and Forever Home Adoptions.

Held on the grounds of the Keystone Animal Hospital, the day featured a low cost rabies clinic and dog baths for the canines, as well as raffles, face painting, baked goods, crafts and an inflatable bounce house for their humans. Members of the Bits and Bridles 4-H club were also on hand with a home made baked goods stand, and the Chester County SPCA had a few animals on hand, hoping they would find new homes.

“The SPCA is here with dogs to get them exposed so they might find a new home. To be part of that is very exciting,” Chris Neville from Keystone Animal Hospital said The Animal Hospital asks its employees to do at least one day of volunteer work of some kind each year.

Veterinarian Jennifer Lyle gave up her day off to help with the Furry Friends day rabies shots. “I think it’s good to get everybody out of the clinic and into the community on more one on one terms and interact on a different level,” she said.

Clinic office manager Kimberly Moore, organized the Furry Friends day. “As a rescuer myself, I know it’s very hard to get donations,” she said. “This has always been a passion of mine. We wanted to reach out to the community.”

Debbie Charles brought Daisy Mae, her labradoodle service dog in for a bath and nail trimming. “We’re looking forward to all the vendors and all the fun things that are going on,” Charles said. “I love to see anything that raises money for rescues.”