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Scrub-A-Mutt returns Aug. 18

Volunteer Gabriel Brearty holds
Volunteer Gabriel Brearty holds 'Lil' Man' as the freshly washed dog receives a new scarf at last year's 'Scrub-a-Mutt' at the Strawberry Fields Athletic Park.
— image credit: Kirk Boxleitner

MARYSVILLE — Scrub-A-Mutt is returning for its fifth annual fundraising dog wash on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As always, the dog wash will take place at the Strawberry Fields Athletic Park, located at 6100 152nd St. NE in Marysville.

Suggested donations for dog washes are $5 for small dogs and $10 for large dogs. Groomers and vet techs will be doing nail trims for suggested donations of $5 per dog. The first 300 dogs washed will receive "doggie goodie bags" with treats and gifts for their dogs.

In addition to the dog washing, the site will host vendor booths with dog-themed businesses and a wide array of dog rescue groups, including Northwest German Shepherd Rescue, Basset Hound Rescue, Old Dog Haven, ARF and NOAH. There will be three demonstrations this year; the K-9 Agility Group at 11 a.m., "Meet the Marysville K-9" at 1 p.m. and the Snohomish County Sheriff's Department K-9 at 2:30 p.m.

"Five years, wow," said Jennifer Ward, co-director of Scrub-A-Mutt. "When Elizabeth and I had lunch and talked about doing a little fundraiser, I don't think either of us imagined where we would be after five years. We are so proud and thrilled with the relationships we have made in this world of pet rescue."

When Scrub-A-Mutt had their first event in 2008, they washed 25 dogs. Last year, that number shot up to more than 260 dogs.

Scrub-A-Mutt primarily raises money for three local dog rescue organizations; Old Dog Haven, NOAH and the Everett Animal Shelter. Additional rescue groups do receive donations based on the amount of money raised at the event.

Old ­Dog Haven is a nonprofit dog rescue group in Arlington that aims to provide loving and safe homes for abandoned senior dogs. Their website and outreach program finds "forever homes" for dogs seven years or older.

NOAH is the Animal Adoption Center located in Stanwood that works toward stopping the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats, and has a strong spay and neuter program. They partner with local shelters, providing pets a second chance for a home.

The Everett Animal Shelter and ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) care for lost or unwanted pets from most of Snohomish County. The staff and volunteers prepare unwanted animals for adoption. ARF's mission is to improve quality of life for companion animals and their caretakers in Snohomish County, through increased community involvement and fundraising with and for the Everett Animal Shelter.

Scrub-A-Mutt would like to remind dog owners to keep their pets on leashes at all times and to remember that a well-socialized, well-behaved dog is a pleasure to wash. Visit their website at www.scrub-a-mutt.org for a map to the event and a complete guide of the day's activities. Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ScrubAMutt for updates.

For more information, call Jennifer Ward at 360-659-9626.

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