Oxford Animal Shelter to hold pet show, auction

Oxford Animal Shelter to hold pet show, auction

OXFORD – The Oxford-Lafayette County Humane Society will hold its second annual “Dog Daze” fun pet show/silent auction from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Oxford.

This year’s event is sponsored by the Iams pet food company. All proceeds from the pet show will benefit the Oxford Animal Shelter.

The pet show will include a “Best Costume” contest, a silly pet tricks competition, a “That’s My Dog” obstacle course and a frisbee/ball retrieving contest. There also will be two obedience events: one for puppies under 6 months and one for adult dogs.

Obedience events will cover basic on-leash obedience such as “Sit” and “Stay.” Winners in each event will receive a ribbon as well as a prize. Additional prizes will be awarded for the dog with the most hair, the dog with the curliest tail, the most colorful leash, the largest dog, the smallest dog and a number of other categories.

To date, more than 80 Oxford businesses have donated items to the silent auction.

“We are very pleased with the response we’ve been getting from businesses,” said Clara Lee Arnold, chairwoman of the event. “Almost every business we contacted gave something, and most of the donations were substantial.”

Iams pet food company has donated a one-year supply of dog food and a one-year supply of cat food to be auctioned off as well as prizes for the show. Other donated items include trips, car phones, jewelry, furniture, household items, veterinary services, sporting goods, collectible dolls, gourmet food baskets and many gift certificates.

In addition to the pet show and silent auction, there will be demonstrations by obedience and police dogs, face painting for children, an artist who etches pets on glass, door prizes and free food and drink for those who enter the pet show or the silent auction.

Admission to the silent auction is $5 per bidder. Entry to the dog show will be $10 for the first event, and $5 for each additional event.

Entry forms are available around Oxford or at the Oxford Animal Shelter. For more information or a complete schedule of events, call the animal shelter at 236-7631.

Admission to watch the dog show is free to both humans and dogs. All pet owners are invited to bring themselves and their dog out to watch.

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