Dog wash event benefits humane society

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- Several dogs in Black River Falls enjoyed some cool water and their owners enjoyed having a clean pet.

“All the local groups do car washes and everything like that,” Jody Stoker says, the EMS Division Chief of the Black River Falls Department. “They just advertise it as a dog wash and we've had great turnout so far.”

To wrap up National EMS Week, the fire department held an open house; and partnered with the Jackson County Humane Society to host a dog washing fundraiser.

“It gets people to stop by the station and visit with all of our staff here today too and gets kind of our name out there a little bit more and develop some of those partnerships out in the community,” Stoker added.

Organizers say they had nearly 20 dogs lined up for the event in the morning before it even started at 10 a.m.

All the event proceeds are going directly to the humane society, who's raising money to renovate their shelter.

“We need to raise $500,000 and we're a little over half way there, so that we can renovate and make it better for the animals,” Marly Divver says, the President of the Jackson County Humane Society.

In total, more than 50 dogs left the fire station feeling fresh, cool, and pampered.

More than 150 people stopped by the fire station Saturday.

Volunteers say they raised nearly $200 halfway through the event.

To find out how to donate to the shelter CLICK HERE

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