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Paint 4 Paws: Help dogs by making art

The Paint 4 Paws fundraiser allows people of all ages to show their creativity while helping the mission of the Holmes County Dog Warden's Department. This painting was submitted for last year's contest.


Paint 4 Paws, now in its third year, is an art contest for adults and children of all ages. The point of the contest is simple: to raise much-needed funds for the Dog Warden’s Department to better equip them to serve the needs of lost, unwanted and homeless dogs in the region.
“We love this contest,” said Scott Goodland, assistant dog warden. “It allows the community a way to actively participate in helping the dogs, and it gives us incredible artwork that we use to decorate the office for the year.”
This year’s contest runs Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, 2018. “That gives everyone 60 days to submit as many pieces of art as they like,” Goodland said.
A nominal fee of $5 is required for each piece of art. “In the past we charged $10 per piece, but with so much interest in the contest, we lowered the price,” Goodland said. “Ten dollars is a lot of money to some families. We wanted as many people as possible to be able to participate.”
The contest has three themes: Holmes County Sunset, All American Dog and Canine Heroes. Age groups include students grade K-4, students grade 5-8 and adult. The top-two pieces of artwork in each age group will receive a prize, and their artwork will be displayed in the dog warden’s office throughout 2018. Winners are chosen by the public on Facebook.
“Every year we receive comments from the public on how great the paintings and drawings are,” Goodland said.
The first year of the contest garnered a dozen entries. Goodland said that number doubled last year, and he expects it to climb again this year.
“In addition to the fundraiser, when people bring out their art, they get to see what we do here at the Dog Warden’s Department,” Goodland said. “They see how clean it is, how much care we give the dogs and that we aren’t the scary dog catchers with nets of the past. They see we genuinely care about the dogs that come into the facility, and we do everything we can to reunite them with their owners or find them the homes they deserve.”
Funding for the department is through sales of dog licenses. This doesn’t leave a lot left over for medical care, flea and tick prevention, and raising awareness to the public.
Proceeds from this contest will go into purchasing a new camera for the department. “Getting dogs adopted is a priority for us, and having a high-quality camera allows us to make all of our dogs much more appealing to the public,” Goodland said.
Since the advent of social media, Goodland said reunions and adoptions are at an all-time high. With 5,000 followers on Facebook, the department is able to reach a wide audience anxious to help through donations, raising awareness, fostering and adoption.
“In September, 148 dogs were adopted,” Goodland said.
Because the department is not able to have volunteers on site, everything they do to facilitate the mission is profoundly appreciated by the small staff.
Currently the needs of the department include a 10-foot-by-14-foot storage shed, dog leashes and collars, plastic and rubber dog toys, office supplies, general cleaning supplies and paper towels, scrub pads, and flea spray.
“We are so fortunate to have so much support,” Goodland said. “Local vets help us out by offering low-cost spay and neuter programs for pet owners. We get a lot of support from local teachers and their students from Lakeville and Holmesville.”
Goodland encourages residents to participate in the contest and to visit during office hours. "We're not a doggie jail, and we aren't the dog catcher with the net like it used to be," he said. "Our adoption room is very comfortable, and we have a clean facility and a staff that genuinely cares about these dogs."
Call Holmes County Dog Warden's Department at 330-674-6301 for further information. They are located at 5387 County Road 349 in Millersburg, and hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and closed on Sunday and all major holidays.

Published: November 22, 2017
New Article ID: 2017171119949