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What’s different about Paws on Parade this year? Almost everything

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BANGOR – The 27th edition of “Paws on Parade,” the largest annual fundraiser conducted by Bangor Humane Society, must be different this year because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Instead of people and pets gathering at the Bangor Waterfront on a single Saturday morning for a fun downtown dog-walk, this year’s edition of Paws on Parade will be a 10-day virtual event that director of development Kathryn Ravenscraft says will have the same spirit.

Participants are encouraged to take part in Paws on Parade from September 17 to September 27 wherever they are, as far as they want to go, when it’s convenient, according to Ravenscraft.

This year’s major event sponsors are Cross Insurance, Darling’s VW and Veazie Veterinary Clinic.

Register online at www.BangorHumane.org. The Paws on Parade registration page can be found by opening the “programs and events” tab.

Upon registration, Bangor Humane Society will mail you a care package containing an event T-shirt, a “paws-port” for events and a ticket to pick up your wag-bag of goodies.

“We’ve also created other opportunities for the community to take part in this very important fundraiser,” Ravenscraft says.

Among those opportunities: a series of photo shoots for people and pets at different event Paws on Parade sponsor locations around the Bangor area.

“We plan to do two-hour blocks of photo sessions, beginning with Bangor Savings Bank at their new campus near the waterfront,” said Ravenscraft. “The first session will take place on Thursday, September 17, from 9-11 a.m.”

Further photo sessions are expected to be announced soon.

The event will culminate on Sunday, September 27 with an open house at Bangor Humane Society’s facility on Mt. Hope Avenue. With all of the recent construction at the facility following a two-year capital campaign, this will the first opportunity for most people to see the renovations and improvements inside.

“We’ll combine the Paws on Parade finale with the grand reveal of our facility,” Ravenscraft said, adding tours will be offered from 1-4 p.m. on September 27.

When Paws on Parade participants walk with their pets, Bangor Humane Society encourages them to wear their event T-shirts and share photos on social media using the hash tag #stillwalking.

“Even though we can’t do it in the traditional way, we’re - hash tag - still walking,” said Ravenscraft.

After registering and receiving their registration packet, participants are encouraged to visit longtime sponsor Darling’s Volkswagen, 403 Hogan Road in Bangor, to pick up their event “wag-bags,” according to Ravenscraft.

“People can pick up their wag-bags full of goodies for people and pets during Darling’s regular business hours,” she said.

The other hash tag in use for Paws on Parade, Ravenscraft says, is “find me a home.”

“We have a full house right now in terms of cats,” she said. “We also have quite a few great dogs available for adoption.”

Bangor Humane Society has a live release rate of 98%, according to Ravenscraft. That means 98 out of 100 pets that walk through the door are matched with adopters. It’s an extraordinarily high live release rate that mirrors a nationwide trend of higher animal shelter release rates.

“The primary reason for our live release rate being at 98% is that we’re able to use the funding we receive to provide extraordinary medical care for animals that need special attention. We pour every dollar we can into our second chance fund in order for that animal to be able to have every opportunity to find their perfect match,” she said.

Bangor Humane Society offers a voucher program for low cost spaying and neutering for pet owners that receive some form of state or federal assistance. Since the program’s inception, it has helped reduce the greater Bangor area’s pet overpopulation.

Other ways Bangor Humane Society benefits that community is by offering a pet food bank for any pet owner that needs assistance in feeding their pet.

“You don’t need to show us any proof, you only need to come in and ask for help to feed your pet, and we’re happy to offer that,” Ravenscraft said.

All donations to Bangor Humane Society’s pet food bank come from the general public dropping off new bags or cans of food.

“When some people lose a beloved pet, they’ll honor that pet by purchasing food and/or supplies to bring to Bangor Humane Society.”

When Ravenscraft joined Bangor Humane Society as Director of Development in May, she says she was very aware that this year’s edition of the facility’s most important fundraiser would likely look different this year.

“I think it remains to be seen what is going to happen,” she says, adding, “now that we’re in September, we know that participation will increase, but I think we’re going to take a hit because people can’t gather on the waterfront like we’ve traditionally done. It’s always been an exciting event, but that element of magic is missing. What we’ve tried to do is to create other fun opportunities in which we invite the community to take part over a 10-day period.”

Last modified on Wednesday, 09 September 2020 08:44

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