Pet Shelter Aims To Get Past Troubles

September 17, 2018

SCRANTON — Griffin Pond Animal Shelter representatives hoped their pet-friendly event and fundraiser at McDade Park on Sunday showcased all the good the shelter provides for the community. At Paws in the Park, more than 22 vendors sold everything from wreaths to dog treats as pups posed between pumpkins for photos. Dogs of all shapes, sizes, colors and fur patterns sniffed through the crowds while stopping for random pats from strangers. Canines weren’t the only animals represented Sunday — a clowder of black-and-white cats stayed shaded under the park’s pavilion. Ashley Wolo, the shelter’s interim director, walked through the crowd with Chester, a young orange-and-white cat, on her shoulder. Wolo, who’s been with the shelter for the past three years, said Sunday was a beautiful turnout. She hoped people would see that Griffin Pond, which has had a series of staff changes and controversies over the past year, was moving in the right direction. “We’re cleaning up old messes,” she said. The recent hardships were on the minds of employees while planning the event. “But we have to force ourselves out there,” said Amber Weeks, the shelter’s development and communications associate. Griffin Pond also promoted responsible pet ownership during the event, Weeks added. Paws in the Park hosted both a rabies clinic and microchip clinic at McDade on Sunday. Five dogs from the shelter also cruised through the crowd, but Weeks said on-sight adoptions were not available. She encouraged anyone looking to adopt to stop by the nonprofit shelter in South Abington Twp. Rose Lewis brought her 5-year-old Yorkie-mix to McDade. She’s been to the event in past years and enjoys socializing with the other dog owners. The Big Bass Lake resident supports the shelter despite its recent setbacks. “It’s not about the people, it’s about the animals,” Lewis said. Contact the writer: kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9110 x5114; @kbolusTT on Twitter FOR DETAILS About the shelter or to adopt or donate, visit www.griffinpondanimalshelter.com.

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