Salvation Army to host its first animal show

January 13, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Competition is going to the dogs, reptiles, cats, possibly a pony and a pig at the Salvation Army’s inaugural animal show.

The Salvation Army, located at 1227 3rd Ave. in Huntington, is scheduled to present its first animal show from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Salvation Army building.

Lt. Liz Blusiewicz says the event started from the Salvation Army’s Character Building program, which is similar to a scout program but helps children from preschool to high school age build confidence in their unique personalities and strengths.

“This is one of the big fundraisers to send kids to a weeklong summer camp at Canaan Valley Resort,” Blusiewicz said. “The idea started from the children who are earning badges as they work on their curriculum designed around taking care of animals.”

From this curriculum to help children earn “Friends to Animals” badges, an idea came forth where the Salvation Army would start an annual and fun pet show — a show where almost all animals are welcome to attend and compete.

“Any animal, which can be crate sized, are invited to come out and attend. We heard one person is bringing a pot bellied pig and another may bring a miniature pony,” she said. “We will award ribbons for first through third places for a dog class, cat class, reptile class and miscellaneous animals. It’s meant to be a fun take on the dog show shown on Thanksgiving Day.”

Along with ribbon presentation ceremonies, the Salvation Army’s Character Building kids are helping to volunteer with the show. The children have volunteered to make homemade dog biscuits, clean up after pets and ensure pets have enough water.

The Salvation Army is offering refreshments and cost is $10 per pet entry.

For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 304-529-2401.

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