Money raised for shelter during boating event

The Humane Society of Warren County held a Waggin’ for Dragons boat race Saturday to raise money for the shelter.

Lavenda Denney, executive director for The Humane Society of Warren County, said teams had to raise at least $2,000 to participate in the event, with 16 teams competing Saturday.

Teams raced 40-foot canoes decorated with dragon heads and tails along the Shenandoah River. The race was held at the boat landing at the Front Royal Golf Course.

Denney said the proceeds will benefit the shelter by:
• Providing emergency veterinary care to animals that suffered neglect and abuse.
• Purchasing medications to help homeless animals in need of treatment for conditions, such as skin disorders, upper respiratory infections and eye infections.
• Providing homeless animals with food, bedding and toys during their stay in emergency shelters.
• Making much-needed repairs to the animal shelter to ensure appropriate housing for homeless animals
• Ensuring shelter dogs enjoy shelter dog play group sessions that allow them ample time outside of the kennels and to socialize with other dogs.
• Educating the community on the importance of spay and neuter procedures and ensuring a reduction in the number of unwanted litters surrendered to the shelter.
• Promoting the Hand In Paw (Helping People and Pets in Crisis) assistance fund that provides aid to those in the community that would otherwise be forced to relinquish their pet.

Denney added that this was the third year the shelter has put this event together.

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