Harley-Davidson to host fundraiser for local spay/neuter non-profit

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Harley-Davidson of Baton Rouge, located at 5853 Siegen Lane, will be hosting a dog fashion contest to benefit local non-profit Spay Baton Rouge. Dubbed the “Harleywood K9 Fashion Contest” it will be held Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and will include Hollywood flair. Registration will be from 11 a.m. – noon and the fashion show will run noon – 1 p.m.

Open to the public, dog owners are invited to enter their costumed pet and accompany them down the red carpet. Contestants will have the opportunity to win a golden “Pawscar” statuette in three categories and have their picture taken by the “puparazzi.” WAFB’s Donna Britt will serve as celebrity host, while local judges Scotty Mac (96.1 the River), Travis McLavy (Travis LTD.) and Dr. Kristen Kulinski, DVM (Cypress Lake Animal Hospital) will pick the winners. All dogs will leave with a swag bag of treats and Nice Dog Hot Dogs and Louisiana Flavor on Ice (sno cones) food carts will be on site to sell food to attendees, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Spay Baton Rouge.

Executive Director Sandra DiTusa thanks Harley-Davidson for hosting the event a second year in a row, as well as Donna Britt and the wonderful judges for giving of their time. “The contest, designed for people and their dogs to have fun, will also allow us to raise awareness of what we are about,” DiTusa states.

Spay Baton Rouge is dedicated to reducing the pet euthanasia rate in East Baton Rouge Parish. Since 2006, they and their partners have spayed and neutered over 11,200 cats and dogs by offering low-cost spay and neuter services to people otherwise unable to afford the procedure for their pets.

Despite the organization’s success, DiTusa says funding is a continuous challenge. “Pet homelessness is still a serious problem in our community. Nearly 44% of all animals impounded yearly in East Baton Rouge Parish are euthanized. If we continue to euthanize as a method to control the pet population, we will continually be playing catch up with animals that produce an average of 10 offspring per year.”

Proceeds from the fundraiser will allow Spay Baton Rouge to continue providing spay and neuter services, effectively stopping the problem at its source and offering a humane alternative to euthanasia.

Spay Baton Rouge thanks event sponsors and donors Carriages Fine Clothier at Bocage, Celtic Media, Coca-Cola, Fleming’s Steakhouse, Images by Sharon Turner, Louisiana Flavor on Ice, Marsh Dog!, Neighborhood Pet Market, Nice Dog Hot Dogs, Petz Plaza and Tsunami.

For admission and contest registration information visit www.spaybatonrouge.org.