by Allison Deutschman
The Niagara County SPCA invites local residents to attend its third annual onsite Dog Days of Summer fundraiser, Aug. 23 and 24, and even stay overnight.
From 11 a.m. Saturday until 3 p.m. Sunday, this year's Dog Days includes an overnight campout on the more than 26 acres of SPCA property at 2100 Lockport Road, Wheatfield. Attendees are invited to bring their tents, RVs, etc., to stay the night, for a small fee: $10 is the going rate for a tent spot, $20 for an RV. Camping is weather permitting.
For daytrippers, attendance and parking are free, but there are charges for food, flea market items, auction pieces and raffles.
"All of the proceeds from this event will go to benefit the homeless animals of Niagara County." Amy Lewis, director of the shelter, said. "We're pretty excited about it."
Some of the other attractions at the event include the shelter's popular dog kissing booth, a car show, a double feature movie showing of "Lady and the Tramp" as well as "Turner and Hooch," music courtesy of Eastside Sound and a bonfire.
There will be many food options on site, but to purchase advance barbecue dinner tickets ($10), stop by the SPCA or go to www.niagaraspca.org. Dinners will be served from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday only.
Premier sponsor for Dog Days of Summer is United Healthcare. Other sponsors include Central Park Animal Hospital, Purina, General Mills, Mt. Olive, Zukes LLC, Pepsi Co., J & J Snacks, Paula's Donuts and Muscoreil's.