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DOG raises money for dog park shelter

Nonprofit halfway toward funding goal to build shelter in Scappoose Veterans Park

by: ROBIN JOHNSON - Chairman of the Scappoose Dog Owners Group, Denny Evans, feeds his terrier, Bonny, at the off-leash dog park in Veterans Park Tuesday. The Scappoose Dog Owners Group, also known by the acronym “DOG,” is currently holding dog-washing fundraisers at All About Pets in Scappoose twice a month on Saturdays to raise money to install a shelter in the off-leash dog park in Scappoose Veterans Park.

The washes are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and DOG typically schedules one wash every half hour.

Currently the organization is half way towards meeting its funding goal of about $2,000. DOG plans to have the shelter completely finished before Scappoose Summerfest, which will be held in June.

While DOG is still in the process of fundraising, the organization is also looking for volunteers who can help wash dogs or who might be able to assist in the actual installation of the shelter.

“We’re looking for anyone with talent, materials or time,” said Denny Evans, chairman of DOG.

Evans said the shelter will be available for anyone at the park who wishes to retreat from the winter rain or summer heat while their dogs play and socialize.

“The dogs love this,” Evans said Tuesday, motioning to a group of dogs sprinting across the park. “They have a great time.”

The Scappoose City Council on Feb. 3 approved the organization’s plans to build a 12-foot by 16-foot shelter in the southwest corner of the park. Evans said the shelter should be big enough to fit a couple of picnic tables underneath. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Volunteers with the Scappoose Dog Owners Group, Kelly Sheeley (left) and Bo Henderson (right) wash a patrons dog at All About Pets Saturday, Feb. 22, to raise money for the organization to build a shelter in the park.

Evans and other dog owners started DOG four years ago with the intent to raise money to build the dog park. Evans said prior to the park’s installation, many local dog owners were taking their animals all the way to a Hillsboro dog park.

DOG has also raised money to install a cedar kiosk at the park as well as bag dispensers, with the hope they will encourage owners to clean up after their animals.

The city of Scappoose provided the land for the park as well as its fountain, one sized for humans, the other for dogs.

“The park has held up well for as much traffic as we’ve had,” Evans said. “On a good day, you’ll see anywhere from 10 to 12 dogs at a time.”

The organization is set up as a nonprofit, Evans said, noting that any donations made to DOG are tax deductible.

Those interested in volunteering with DOG are encouraged to contact Evans at 503-543-7951. For individuals with a dog in need of a good cleaning, DOG-sponsored dog washes are scheduled for March 15 and March 22 at All About Pets, located at 52567 Columbia River Hwy. in Scappoose. Evans said those who would like a dog wash should call All About Pets at 503-543-5740 to schedule a wash time.

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