PHOTO GALLERY: Paws in the Park

Sunday, September 13, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
During the Paws in the Park Festival, organized by Columbia's Second Chance at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, visitors show their affection to dogs waiting for adoption. 4-year-old Ryley cuddles Roxy. During the event, Ryley's parents, Ryan and Stacy, adopted a dog - but not Roxy, who has been waiting to be adopted for three years. "I love dog," Ryley said as she hugs Roxy.

Columbia's Second Chance hosted Paws in the Park on Saturday in Stephens Lake Park. Visitors met and held a collection of dogs waiting to be adopted.

Columbia's Second Chance organized the Paws in the Park Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12th, 2009. Kim Foster, a volunteer since 2002, pets Roxy. "Roxy is very docile and needs someone who can sit quietly with her," Kim says while patting the dog, who has been waiting to be adopted for three years. "As we look for adoption, we try to match the need of a person and dog's character," Kim says. "When these two factors match, they become life-long companions." Kim says Paws in the Park is community education. "Current owners reinforce their sense of responsibility and soon-to-be onwers learn responsible ownership," she says. Kim and other volunteers emphasize the importance of responsibility. "A dog loves you unconditionally no matter who you are, but a person can just walk away."
Four-year-old cocker spaniel Cesar enjoys a belly rub from volunteer Cathy Murphy at the Paws in the Park Festival, organized by Columbia's Second Chance on Saturday, Sept. 13.

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eric biesemeyer September 15, 2009 | 9:40 a.m.

My name is Eric Biesemeyer, and my sister is a guardian angel of all animals.Her name is Kim Foster and she works for Second chance which I have personally watched and helped miracles happen. Please help support this project, as it has saved the lives of thousands of poor neglected animals. Bless you Kim.

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