K-9 Day At The J To Raise Money For The Scranton Jewish Community Center, Animal Rescues

March 25, 2019

This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Jessica John son about K-9 Day at the J, which raises money for the Scranton Jewish Community Center and two animal rescues.

Residence: West Pittston

Professional background: Fitness instructor and personal trainer who also manages a medical office and medical building in Dunmore

Title: Chairwoman


Q: What was the inspiration for this event?

A: My dog, Manni. He comes to teach classes with me on Mondays and Fridays. My clients love him. The Scranton JCC also is looking for different avenues to bring people into the center so everyone feels welcome. We are not just a gym. We are a community center, a daycare and so much more. The Scranton JCC has never held an event specific for dogs, so I thought it might be a draw. I know many people who consider their dogs as their family. With the bad weather, why not give the dogs something to do and the pet owners a look at a recently renovated facility.

Q: What animal rescues will be in attendance?

A: True Friends Animal Welfare Center and Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

Q: What is included with admission?

A: Attendees will get a T-shirt, and their dogs will get a bandana. Each ticket includes three single-day passes to the center. The ticket with the attendee’s name will be entered into a drawing to win one of three three-month memberships to the facility. Admission also includes a lecture with K-9 Academy and agility playground with Sit, Stay, ’N Play. There will be a photographer who will be taking pictures that will be digitally uploaded for free as well. We have multiple vendors for everyone to come and peruse. There will be a scavenger hunt with treats for the dogs. Everyone who stops at all locations will be put in a drawing to win a prize. You are also able to enter your dog into our fashion show, which will start at 4 p.m. (registration is at 3:45). There are prizes for first, second and third places.

Q: What else will be on hand?

A: We currently have a basket raffle tablet set up with 34 amazing baskets and gift cards (more are coming in daily). We also have vendors of all walks of life. There is no need to have a dog to attend the event; there will be lots for everyone to do. VCA Dunmore Animal Hospital also will be on hand holding a rabies clinic. There will be a Canine Café with food and snacks for purchase and a canine kissing booth.

Q: How will proceeds be used?

A: A portion of the proceeds will be split between the two rescues involved with our event. The other portion will go toward promoting new programs (exercise classes, daycare, camp and community events) at the Scranton JCC.


If you go

What: K-9 Day at the J

When: Sunday, March 31, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Scranton Jewish Community Center, 601 Jefferson Ave.

Details: Admission costs $10 in advance and $15 at the door and is free for ages 12 and younger. For more information, email jj@scrantonjcc.org, visit k9day.eventbrite.com or call 570-687-1972.