Many of our fosters and volunteers show up almost every weekend with their dogs at some kind of outreach event because they want to promote Old Dog Haven and let people know what we’re all about.
Our presence in the Western Washington community is strong thanks to the people who decide that staffing an Old Dog Haven booth at a pet store or other business is an important way to let the community know about ODH and to support our mission.
And the dogs … they’re the draw. People love seeing our dogs at various events, not only because our dogs are so wonderful, but actually seeing and interacting with an ODH dog dispels the idea that our dogs are all too sick and decrepit to go out visiting. And, even more importantly, seeing our dogs as ambassadors at events encourages people to think about adopting or fostering an older dog.
We’d like to thank every foster, volunteer and dog by name for their time spent at these events, but the list would be too long and I don’t want to leave anyone out. I would, however, like to acknowledge a couple of people here who are the foundation of our weekend excursions:
Aaron Davis, Events Coordinator, assisted by Diane Lee and Chris Partman coordinate all of the events and benefits, which is no small job since these activities take place almost every weekend. Setting up a schedule of events, making sure people who will staff events have supplies, and lining up fosters and volunteers to sit in the booth is just part of what they do. There are Meets and Greets—events done at stores, usually pet stores, large pet fairs like Petpalooza, Poochapalooza (North) Barkefest and others, as well as benefits for ODH put on by various organizations to benefit ODH.
And then there’s our intrepid twosome, Donna Adams and Genese Harney, who can be seen every month (rain or shine) in front of a Haggen store (Marysville, Burlington and Stanwood) promoting ODH. These two ladies have been doing this for years because they love talking about ODH.
Stop by and see us at any of the events listed below. There’s an assortment of ODH merchandise for sale as well as information about ODH. We’d love to see you. Bring your dog!
I should also mention Old Dog Haven’s biggest fundraiser of the year, The Walk for Old Dogs, which will be held at Cromwell Park in Shoreline on July 22. We need many volunteers for this event so if you’d like to help, please contact Shirley Stallings, our volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know how you’d like to be part of this extraordinary event. And, if you would like to be one of the wonderful sponsors at the Walk, please email our new Development Director, Karyn Kubo Fleming, at email@example.com.
Here’s the schedule of events for March-May in case you want to plan ahead:
Saturday, March 3, 12:00 pm: Sumner Mud Bay Meet & Greet, 15105 Main St. E., Sumner
Saturday, March 10, 12:00 pm: Reber Ranch Meet & Greet, 28606 132nd Ave SE, Kent
Saturday, March 24 12:00 pm: Coldwell Banker’s “Somebody to Love” Adoption Event, 12505 Pacific Ave. S, Spanaway
Saturday, April 7 12:00 pm: Sumner Mud Bay Meet & Greet, 15105 Main St. E., Sumner
Saturday, April 14 12:00 pm: Maple Valley Meet and Greet, Mud Bay, 24107 SE Kent Kangley Rd., Maple Valley
Saturday, April 21 10:00 am: Burlington Meet & Greet, Haggen, 757 Haggen Dr., Burlington
Saturday, April 21 12:00 pm: Pet Central Meet & Greet, 13004 SE Kent-Kangley Rd, Kent
Saturday, May 5 12:00 pm: Sumner Mud Bay Meet & Greet, 15105 Main St. E. Sumner
Sunday, May 6 3:00 pm: Pooches Pub Pawty at The Irishmen, 2923 Colby Avenue, Everett
Saturday, May 12 12:00 pm: Reber Ranch Meet & Greet, 28606 132nd Ave SE, Kent
Saturday, May 19 10:00 am: Auburn Petpalooza, Game Farm Park, 3030 R St. SE., Auburn
Sunday, May 20 12:00 pm: Puyallup Pups & Purrs, Sunrise Village PetSmart, 10309 156th St E., Puyallup
Saturday, May 26 10:00 am: Marysville Meet & Greet, Haggen, 3711 88th St. NE., Marysville