‘Mutts in Need’ makes comeback to raise money for Turners Falls dog shelter

By JULIAN MENDOZA

Staff Writer

Published: 08-10-2023 12:55 PM

TURNERS FALLS — For the first time since 2019, the “Mutts in Need” fundraiser will return on Saturday.

The event, which features a barbecue, live music, a silent auction and a dog agility course, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. Proceeds support the Friends of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter.

According to organizer Megan Edson, Mutts in Need, which was last held in 2019, was an annual happening until the COVID-19 pandemic derailed the tradition. Each time, around 150 people have attended. It has historically been the shelter’s biggest event of the year, raising enough money to cover a year’s worth of veterinary bills for the shelter dogs, Office Manager Gabi Trudeau said previously.

Entertainment will come courtesy of local band Kip and the Trip. There will also be a demonstration by Northeast Houndsmen and a dog agility course that invites dog owners to “learn some kinds of tips and tricks,” Edson said.

“We absolutely would love to see well-behaved, leashed dogs at that event,” she encouraged.

Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. Those interested in attending may want to bring some extra cash, as there will be a set of raffles and vendors present.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit fcrdogkennel.org or call 413-676-9182. A free “pupsicle” made by Crooked Stick Pops will be provided to the first 80 ticket buyers.

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-930-4231 or jmendoza@recorder.com.

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