Pet Palooza set for June 16

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County will host a Pet Palooza for the first time in June to benefit the Bladen County Animal Shelter.

The Pet Palooza is set to take place on Friday, June 16, at the National Guard Armory and the Elizabethtown Dog Park located on Swanzy Street in Elizabethtown. The event will run from 5:30 until 9 p.m.

With the help of local businesses like Kuraray America, Inc., in Bladen County and Bladen Animal Hospital in Elizabethtown, the fundraiser is off to a great start according to Mike Jackson, chairman of the Animal Control Advisory Board.

“Kuraray is active in the community and supporting community efforts, he said”

The money raised will go to support the Bladen County Animal Shelter’s non-profit fund for the construction of an animal exercise area.

Ross Crews, plant manager of Kuraray , said one of Kuraray ’s guiding principle is to support the community.

“It’s important we (Kuraray) support activities our employees are involved in,” said Crews. He added that supporting events like the Pet Palooza is one way the company can encourage its employees to be active in their local communities.

Kuraray and Bladen Animal Hospital are both Pet Partners of the Pet Palooza by donating $500 each. More sponsorships are coming in as well according to the planning committee of the Bladen County Animal Control Advisory Board.

Planned festivities include live entertainment by the Loose Floorboards, a ribbon-cutting at the dog park, a corn hole tournament, a K-9 race, a silent auction, games, a 50/50 drawing and more. There will be vendors and food will be available. Also, luminaries will be for sale. All animals are welcomed, but must be on a leash and cleaned up after.

All donations are tax deductible.