Volunteers and employees with Sierra’s Haven for New and Used Pets will be spending the hot days of June working the different fundraisers they have planned in upcoming weeks. The group has expressed much interest with expanding their kennels, but first has to secure funds for operational means before any extra fundraising can be done. With this in mind, they are hitting the pavement hard to create several opportunities for the community to give, while taking a fun experience away from it.
The first event the organization has planned is a scavenger hunt at Applebee’s. For $5, customers can partake in a scavenger hunt around the Applebee’s property. The scavenger hunt includes a packet of clues with pictures and hints. The first person to find all locations will win a gift certificate to Applebee’s. The scavenger hunt will be at 11 a.m. on June 14.
Applebee’s is also working with Sierra’s Haven to bring various opportunities outside of the scavenger hunt. Restaurant patrons have the option of donating a dollar with each purchase and getting their name hung on a heart in the store. This is going on all month, with all proceeds going to Sierra’s Haven.
Applebee’s is also hosting a fundraiser called “Paws for Carside.” Every Monday and Tuesday from May 26 through June 24, the restaurant has promised to give 10 percent of all carside sales to the local shelter.
Applebees is keeping their main event with a theme that is just too dog gone cute. Applebees bandanas will be available at the start of next week for $2. Pet lovers are encouraged to purchase the bandana and take a photo of their favorite four-legged friend wearing it. Pictures can be posted to the Portsmouth Applebee’s Facebook page. The restaurant will pick their favorite photo and the winner will receive a gift basket for them and their pet.
The month of fundraising will wrap up with Portsmouth’s first time celebration of Woofstock, which they hope they can grow on and turn into an annual celebration. Woofstock will be in Tracy Park June 28, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
It might not be time for the Scioto County Fair or River Days just yet, but Woofstock is giving people an early taste of greasy food vendors, live music and such during a nice day in the park. There will also be a poker run to be hosted by Stray Dawgs Motorcycle Club.
Woofstock is still being planned and finalized. Registration for public performances is still open and they are also continuing enrollment for food vendors. Anyone interested should contact Linda Cottle at 740-935-1164.
Joseph Pratt can be reached at the Portsmouth Daily Times 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.