Paws in the Park aims to provide animal adoption awareness

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SCRANTON (WOLF) -- McDade Park in Scranton became a dog park this afternoon for the annual Paws in the Park event which aims to share adoption awareness and education to the community.

Dorothy’s an 8-year-old pit bull. She has a lot of energy and loves to play.

She recently came to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter as a stray and is now up for adoption.

Today, she’s getting the chance to meet people outside of the shelter in Clarks Summit at this year’s Paws in the Park event at McDade Park in Scranton.

“We have this event to promote adoption awareness as well as to offer a place to go with animals and with kids and families where vendors can come and lots of fun activities planned for the day,” Interim Director Jess Farrell said.

One of those educators is Roberta Cerra.

She’s a dog trainer and has adopted two dogs while fostering another.

She gave Dorothy some love and treats before helping out.

“I am here basically to help anyone who either owns a rescue, or is adopting one, or to help with dogs that are getting adopted. My whole reason to get into this is so that once a dog is in a home, hopefully that’s where it stays,” Cerra said.

Elliott is another one of Griffin Pond’s rescue dogs.

He also came as a stray, is about a year old, and loves being around other dogs and people…

Volunteers say that’s one of the reasons why introducing dogs to potential new owners outside of the shelter is beneficial to increasing the chances of adoption.

“A lot of dogs don’t show well in a stressful environment like in a kennel so when they’re out in public it’s the best. Everyone can interact with them and see how they’re going to be in a life, with a home and a family,” Volunteer Virginia Smith said.

The event also featured animal demonstrations, including a K-9 demonstration with Scranton Police, craft vendors and local business owners.

Dorothy is available for adoption through Griffin Pond’s seniors for seniors adoption program.

Anyone age 60 or older can apply for just a $25 donation.

Adoption hours at Griffin Pond are from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. every day except Tuesdays. You can also call the shelter at (570) 586-3700 – or fill out an application online.

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