Where: The Belmont Complex, 415 Butler Road, East Franklin
When: Sept. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $5 admission. $1 from that fee will be donated to the Orphans of the Storm animal shelter in Rayburn. Spectators will be charged $1 for admission.
Below is the write-up about the event from the Tribune-Review:
A dog day of summer is coming to the Belmont Complex on Sept. 5.
No humans will be allowed in the pool at the East Franklin complex that day when a dogs-only swim event has been scheduled to give pet owners a chance to let their four-legged friends cool off for a cause.
The Belmont Dog Swim is a first for Belmont, organized by lifeguards Jud Toth and Morgan Joseph – both from Kittanning. A portion of admission fees will benefit the Orphans of the Storm no-kill animal shelter in Rayburn.
“We both love dogs and we wanted to do something for the community pool,” Joseph said.
They said the pool – which held its final swim day of the season for people last weekend – will be free from chemicals and safe for animals to take a dip in during the event.
All dog owners must show proof their dog is licensed and its vaccination is up to date.
Orphans of the Storm staff and volunteers plan to bring some of the shelter dogs to the event, said manager Phyllis Wiles. But none of the dogs will be adopted or fostered that day. Instead, there will be plenty of information available about the adoption and pet foster care processes.
That will also be the case for other animal organizations, like the Pennsylvania Great Dane Rescue from Beaver County, which will be present at the event.
Outreach events such as this help bring awareness to rescued and rehabilitated purebred and mixed breed Great Danes, said Jean Matvey, president of the rescue organization.
“They’re kind of caught in a hard place because of their size,” Matvey said. “They take up a lot of room at shelters, so often they are first in line to be put down.”
Since 2008, Matvey has worked with teams of volunteers to rescue and transport these large dogs to the safety of foster and adoptive homes. Up to 120 dogs a year pass through Matvey’s organization for rehabilitation and placement – many coming from other states. A few have even been rescued from war-torn areas of Kuwait and Beirut, Matvey said.
And, just like humans, her rescue dogs come with all types of temperaments and a varying appreciation of water activity.
Leo, a Great Dane rescued from one of the southern states, loved to sink into a pond with just his eyes showing – just like an alligator, Matvey said with a laugh.
She is planning to bring Duke and Dutchess, a brother and sister purebred duo, to the Belmont. Both dogs are in foster care and rely on one another for companionship.
“We’re trying to keep them together,” Matvey said.
Belmont Director Gary Montebell said similar events have been organized in neighboring counties. Although he doesn’t have a dog of his own, Montebell said he plans to bring a friend’s dog to the pool that day.
“We’re excited about it,”he said.