On Saturday, February 22, the Humane Society of Delaware County (HSDC) invites you to brave the cold and show you care about the animals suffering this winter during “Freeze Out 2014”. Proceeds from the event go directly to the Humane Services Fund to provide houses, warm bedding, food and medical care to animals in need. This fund also assists with the costs of operating cruelty investigations and humane outreach programs.
“We encourage everyone to start gathering pledges from their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers and join us in bringing awareness and providing assistance to those outdoor pets in our community in need of our help,” said HSDC shelter manager Heidi Myers. “You can either brave the cold with us anytime from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at our society’s shelter, or you can make a donation in honor of Freeze Out.”
The Humane Society will be providing snacks and warm beverages within the designated “warm zone” so guests can shake off the cold. Participants can even experience what it feels like to be chained to a dog house, thanks to the Delaware Area Career Center’s Facility Maintenance class who designed and constructed the dog house specifically for this event. Participants at Freeze Out can put on a dog collar (if they want) and actually be tied to the dog house and have a commemorative photo taken to prove they ‘walked a mile in the paw prints’ of a chained dog.
At 6 p.m., the bravest of the brave are invited (but not required) to shed their winter outerwear for a few minutes while a publicity photo is taken to generate empathy and promote awareness about the suffering of outdoor pets with inadequate shelter.
“This has been a terribly cold winter and the donations made to the Humane Services Fund allowed our humane agents to run emergency wellness checks during the bad weather,” said HSDC marketing and cruelty investigations manager Misty Bay. “Your support of Freeze Out makes a direct and positive impact for animals in need all over this large county.”
If you’re unable to participate in Freeze Out, but would like to make a donation, you may either mail in your donation to the shelter, or submit your pledge online. For donations of $15 or more, HSDC will write your name on a “Paw Print” and display it at the event. The society would like to thank McCorkle Real Estate for sponsoring the event by donating $1,000.
For more information, please call 740-369-7387. You may also visit < www.hsdcohio.org > to download the pledge form, purchase a Paw Print or make a donation directly to Freeze Out. The event will be held at the society’s shelter located at 4920 Ohio 37 East, Delaware.