Cadets for Pets aims to teach compassion for animals in Girard

Bark in the Park

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) — Lots of tail-wagging Saturday at Stambaugh Park in Girard.

And here’s why!

It was the third annual Bark in the Park Dog Fun Festival!

Dozens of dogs enjoyed the day with their human owners eagerly sniffing their way from one activity to another!

There was a pet parade, pooch portraits, a bone hunt…and even a pet parent look-a-like contest.

But the main goal was to teach people about the Cadets for Pets program to teach kids to more more compassionate to animals.

“And the community needs to know more about it. They don’t know what we’re doing. we’re not a rescue, but we’re rescuing the dogs through educating the youths to care for them better and to understand them,” said Maryann Hoffman, festival director.

The event was run by St. Francis Pet Care.

All proceeds will benefit their Cadets for Pets Children’s Programs.

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