CATAWBA ISLAND TWP.
Ready for a doggone good time? Bring out the balloons and hats for the “Every Greyhound Birthday Party” this Saturday.
The North Coast Greyhound Connection has hosted the fundraiser for the past three years.
The nonprofit adoption organization rescues about 100 greyhounds each year and finds homes for them.
“If the dogs aren’t winning at the racing tracks, they’re either taken by a greyhound rescue group or they’re terminated,” said T.J. Held, one of the event planners and the owner of three greyhounds.
Sandy Augugliaro, a representative for Greyhound Connection, attends the greyhound birthday party every year.
“We think the greyhounds are precious and that every birthday they have is a gift to them, because so many of them don’t make it,” she said. “It’s our reward to see them happy and having a good life.”
Residents are invited to partake in the festivities, which celebrate the dog breed and promote opportunities for adoption.
All proceeds from the event go toward the greyhounds. The money is used to pay for veterinarian services, food, grooming and other needs.
Guests can connect with fellow greyhound lovers and see dogs of every color, shape, size and personality.
“Everybody has their own stories to share,” Held said. “It’s a good way to see these dogs in their natural habitat with their owners, and a good opportunity to learn about these types of dogs.”
There will be plenty of activities for the canines, including contests and a giant dog-friendly birthday cake. Each four-legged guest also leaves with a “doggie” bag.
For the two-legged folks, there’s a caricature artist, face painter and raffle. Partygoers have a chance to win tickets to a Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers baseball game with all-you-can-eat nachos, hot dogs, and peanuts, as well as items for their furry friends.