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Pooch Plunge brings out the best in dogs while helping two nonprofit organizations

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December 13, 2018
Stuart, Fla. — More than 500 people and some 300 dogs came out for the Santa Paws Holiday Pooch Plunge at Sailfish Splash Waterpark. The event raised more than $6,500 to benefit the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Guests also brought unwrapped gifts for local children in need, which were collected and will be distributed by the House of Hope.
 
Sponsored by Apex Pavers & Pools, the “paw-sitive” event gives dogs the opportunity to literally make waves, dive, swim, splash and romp about the waterpark before it closes for the winter.
 
The four-legged pooches also sat on Santa’s lap for a free photograph taken by volunteer pet photographer Tom Gilmore. Woody Woodruff with Tow Boat U.S. volunteered to play Santa. There also was a microchip clinic for pet owners to get their dog microchipped for just $10, face painting and food trucks in the “barking lot.” Dixie Church was the lucky winner of a 50/50 raffle that yielded almost $300.
 
In addition to Apex Pavers & Pools, Physicians Weight Loss Centers, Treasure Coast Legal and the Palm City Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event.
 
For more information, contact HSTC Director of Community Outreach Courtney Zanetti at czanetti@hstc1.org or (772) 600-3211.
 
About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822

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