Pets will be pampered in West Chester to raise funds for local animal rescue

There will be spa packages at Mandy’s Dog-O-Mat in West Chester Twp. next weekend, including pet pampering and raffles, to benefit a local pet rescue.

The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 14, and proceeds will benefit Peaches Bully Rescue, also based in West Chester. Pooch pictures with Santa are also a highlight of the event.

“We’re hosting our annual dog wash and people can bring their dogs in and buy a spa package for them,” said Nicole Briggs, president of Peaches Bully Rescue. “All the money goes to our rescue to pay for the medical bills. So they come in a volunteer will wash them and dry them, cut their nails, they get a picture with Santa, so it’s kind of fun, They are super cute.”

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Mandy Watts, the Dog-O-Mat owner, said the spa treatment is $20 for short hair dogs and, $30 for long hair pooches, with $7 for the raffle tickets. About a dozen volunteers from Peaches will give the 20-minute spa treatments. There will also be a bake sale going on that day.

“We have a blast,” Watts said.

Briggs said they hold the fundraiser twice per year, and the last one garnered about $1,200. The rescue has been operating for 27 months, they have saved 272 bully breeds, and “anything squishy faced is mine,” Briggs said. There are eight foster families who take the pups in when they have been rescued from local shelters or owner-surrenders.

“Then they go through and get medically vetted, they’ll get any rehab that they need, any behavioral stuff that they need worked with and then we’ll find them homes,” Briggs said, adding the medical attention can get very expensive.

The raffle items include a kids mountain bike, a Keurig basket, a crock pot filled with food and a couple “dog-based ones” to name a few. She said they washed about 23 pups last year and you don’t have to do a spa day to win, they’ll deliver raffle winnings.

Briggs said the rescue also has a account and a Kroger community rewards account “which have been awesome ways for people to give back to the rescue just by shopping at their normal stores.”

Mandy’s dog wash is located at 6896 Tylersville Road, and the phone number is 513-847-1240.

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