Pet gathering in Peace Park kicks off national Be Kind to Animals Week

Sunday, May 1, 2011 | 3:49 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Dogs ranging in size from a great Dane to a Chihuahua mix and one cat congregated out of the rain under trees in Peace Park on Sunday afternoon with their owners.  

Pets in Peace, hosted by the Central Missouri Humane Society, kicked off the American Humane Association’s national Be Kind to Animals Week. The event featured free nail trimmings for the animals by members of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine's Shelter Club.

Prizes for the oldest animals in attendance will be awarded but were not announced Sunday pending notification of the owners.

Casey Corbin, director of development for the Central Missouri Humane Society, said that despite the inclement weather, he was pleased with the turnout. 

Leslie Gully, shelter relations assistant for the Central Missouri Humane Society, brought the only feline in attendance. Mango, a cat Gully fosters, is available for adoption and held her own in a crowd of dogs. 

“I bring Mango to almost all the Humane Society events,” Gully said.  “She meets all the dogs at an event, hisses and tries to scare them.”

The Humane Society plans to hold a raffle every day this week for anyone who adopts an animal from the shelter. The raffles will end with a grand prize drawing on Saturday. Gift certificates to Main Squeeze, Sycamore and Riversong Spa and Salon are among the daily prizes. The grand prize is a one-night stay at Dauphine Hotel Bed and Breakfast in Bonnots Mill.

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