Paws in the Pool

Halifax Dog Squad members are inviting dogs, pups and their owners to swim at Staunton River State Park from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, as part of their “Paws in the Pool” fundraising event. Advanced tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Frutopia, Riverdale Auto Parts, Adams Total Fitness and Halifax/South Boston Visitor Center. Tickets are $25 at the door for first dog. Additional dogs are $5 for each.

Halifax Dog Squad members are inviting dogs, pups and their owners to swim at Staunton River State Park on Saturday, Sept. 7, as part of their “Paws in the Pool” fundraising event.

It will be held from noon until 4 p.m.

“This is the primary fundraiser for the Halifax Dog Squad,” said member Vicky Allen, who added funds from this event will go toward their efforts of vetting, spaying and neutering dogs.

Last year’s turnout was “better than (the Halifax Dog Squad members) could have ever dreamed. It was such fun,” said Allen. “There were dogs jumping off of sliding boards and off of the sides. The support that we received is greatly appreciated.”

The concession stand will be open, and lifeguards will be on duty.

The event will be closed to the general public, and only ticket holders and their canine companions will be permitted in the pool.

Certificate of updated rabies must be presented at the door. The certificate or photo of the certificate will be sufficient.

Dogs will not be allowed in the event without this, as part of the state park rules.

For those with puppies under 4 months of age, proof of parvo vaccine is needed.

If cancelled by the park, ticket holders will be given credit for next year’s event.

“Have you ever seen a hungry hound wandering on the side of the road? That is what inspired a group of Halifax County women to start the Halifax Dog Squad,” according to member M. J. Roark.

Now after four years, the Dog Squad has rescued almost 3,000 dogs and counting, and they operate solely from donations.

Sponsors for the annual Paws in the Pool fundraiser include Italian Delight Family Restaurant, Love Shop Veterinary Clinic, Virginia State Parks  and “Crossroads with the Burtons,” a new Sportsman Channel TV show featuring NASCAR driver Jeb Burton and family.

The “pawty” starts at noon and goes until 4 p.m. rain or shine,” Roark said.

Families are invited as long as they are accompanied by a dog, and they bring proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination, she added.

Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Riverdale Auto Parts, Adams Total Fitness, Frutopia and Halifax/South Boston Visitor Center. 

Tickets will be $25 at the gate for the first dog and $5 for each additional dog.

As a thank you to all those attending, the first 100 people will receive a free ice cream or snow cone compliments of the Halifax Dog Squad.

“It’s the end of the ‘dog days of summer,’ so don’t miss this chance to swim with your fur baby and have them socialize with others,” Roark said.

More information and tickets are available on Facebook at Halifax Dog Squad, Inc.