Doggie Dress-Up... For A Good Cause
Published April 2nd, 2013
GAINESVILLE - This doggie competition is no ordinary dog show. Behind it, there's a big cause. Some University of Florida students are best in show when it comes to service.
Business students at the University of Florida were presented with an out-of-the-classroom assignment. One of these groups was assigned to work with the alachua county animal services which houses the Paws on Parole program. Claudison Azard one of the students says their goal was to raise $1,500 to help this cause.
"So far it's been successful, we actually met our quota and right now we're just getting more support and kind of going beyond our quota in the sales aspect of our class," Azard said.
Paws on Parole pairs adoptable dogs with inmates in an 8-week program that trains them the canines with basic skills. Alycin Hayes, who brought her dog to the competition to participate as a contestant said, "I am out here to support paws and parole because it's a really good program. It not only helps dogs from shelters but it also helps prisoners learn and work with animals. It's just a great program that works for everybody."
The students organized a dog costume competition to raise the necessary funds. Sascha Dunn, another student who was part of the assignment says the event was a success. "Seeing the dogs happy and the owners happy. They're receiving awards, being in this type of contest... You know in the walkway, in the runway was fun and enjoyable for me. They were happy when they left, so that's all that counts," she said.
That counts not only for the winners but for the students that made it happen.
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