Why dogs will be all over downtown Middletown on Friday night

The fifth annual Dog Day Downtown will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday in downtown Middletown. The organizer said it’s one of the downtown’s most popular events. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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The fifth annual Dog Day Downtown will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday in downtown Middletown. The organizer said it’s one of the downtown’s most popular events. SUBMITTED PHOTO

For the fifth year, downtown Middletown is going to the dogs, and if you know where to look, to the cats, too.

Dog Day Downtown, one of downtown’s most popular events, will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday, said Kara Goheen, the event organizer.

The free event will include vaccines, raffles, pet supplies and treats, $20 microchipping and animal rescue groups will offer dogs for adoption. There also will be a groomer and a temporary tattoo artist on hand.

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Goheen, who said one-third of dogs are lost sometime in their lives, called it “a fun event and about responsible pet care.”

Dog owners are encouraged to check-in at Governors Square at the corner of Central Avenue and Broad Street to grab their Doggie Bag and Paws-port Guide, Goheen said. From there, she said, they can collect free dog treats and goodies from participating downtown businesses.

All dogs must be leashed, Goheen said.

“It’s all about celebrating the love between owners and their dogs and encouraging that love,” Goheen, who founded the event five years ago when she worked at All About Pet Care, the major sponsor. “Dogs give you unconditional love and do no wrong unless you count chewing up a shoe. Dogs make life great.”

She said the event includes most of downtown and it’s about a one-mile walk from one end to the other.

Some of the agencies that will have booths set up include Joseph’s Legacy, PAWS Adoption Center, Animal Friends Human Society and Wonder Dogs.

A veterinarian from All About Pet Care will be available to provide first-aid to the dogs if necessary, she said.

It’s not all about dogs, though. Goheen said there’s a “Secret Cat Corner” when owners can receive free treats and toys for their cats.

“We just can’t tell the dogs where the cats are,” Goheen said with a laugh. “That’s why it’s a secret.”


HOW TO GO

WHAT: Dog Day Downtown

WHEN: 5-9 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Downtown Middletown