There will be wading pools, free treats, baths and a kissing booth, and it’s all to benefit a good cause.
The 4th annual Wash-N-Wag, a dog wash and fundraising event to benefit the Sullivan County Humane Society (SCHS) will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the Kingsport Town Center.
“It’s not just we’ll wash your stinky dog. It’s we’ll wash your stinky dog to raise money,” said Laura Cochran, a SCHS volunteer.
The event, sponsored by the Kingsport Town Center, Electric 94.9 and Biggie’s Restaurant, is designed to spread the important message of pet spay and neutering, and to raise money for SNIP, the Sullivan County Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter Impact Program, a low-cost spay neuter program for companion animals in Sullivan County. SNIP is funded 100 percent by donations, grants and volunteer fundraising activities. The program is open to anyone who lives or works in Sullivan County. Recipients of a SNIP certificate can have their dog spayed or neutered for $30 or cat for $20 at participating veterinary clinics.
Wash-N-Wag volunteers will wash dogs up to 100 pounds for an $8 donation and dogs more than 100 pounds for a $12 donation.
Participating organizations will include the SBK-Kingsport Animal Shelter, Camp Ruff N More, Stay and Play at Home, the Southeast German Shepherd Rescue, Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee, American Black & Tan Coonhound Rescue, Kingsport Dog Park, the Sullivan County Disaster Animal Response Team (DART), Chloe’s Treasures, Andes Straley Veterinary Office and the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance.
Autumn Leigh Brown, the current Miss Kingsport, will make an appearance. New this year will be a puppy kissing booth, where visitors will have the opportunity to be photographed with a puppy.
“We welcome all vaccinated dogs,” Cochran said. As part of the sign-in process, all dog owners will be asked to sign a waiver indicating that their dogs are current on their vaccinations.
“Come out, get your pet washed, have a good time,” said shelter volunteer Natalie Whitlock. “It’s a fun afternoon. Knock on wood, they’ll get along.”
The event will be held rain or shine in the mall’s lower parking area at the intersection of Fort Henry Drive and Memorial Boulevard.