Pets get primped and preened at shelter benefit in Turners Falls

  • Megan Edson, owner of Mighty Clean Mutt, a dog grooming salon in Greenfield, trims the toenails of a dog at the Franklin Regional Dog Shelter in Turners Falls, while Karen Hathaway helps hold it during the shelter's toenail clinic benefit Saturday, February 18, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Karen Brooks, of Greenfield, and Karen Hathaway, a volunteer at the Franklin Regional Dog Shelter in Turners Falls, comfort Brooks' Chihuahua, Rikki while he gets his toenails trimmed at the shelter's toenail clinic benefit Saturday, February 18, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Karen Hathaway, a volunteer at the Franklin Regional Dog Shelter in Turners Falls, comforts Chanel, a Chihuahua while Megan Edson, owner of Mighty Clean Mutt dog grooming salon in Greenfield, trims her toenails during the shelter's toenail clinic benefit Saturday, February 18 2017. Chanel was rescued from the Franklin Regional Dog Shelter by her owner Ella Ingraham of Turners Falls. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Karen Hathaway, a volunteer at the Franklin Regional Dog Shelter, holds Ginger, a lab and German shepherd mix while Megan Edson, owner of Mighty Clean Mutt dog grooming salon in Greenfield, trims her toenails during the shelter's toenail clinic benefit Saturday, February 18 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

Recorder Staff
Published: 2/18/2017 6:17:20 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Winslow, a 4-month-old terrier puppy, whimpered softly on the grooming table.

As Megan Edson, owner of Mighty Clean Mutt, trimmed his nails, Winslow’s owner Courtney Simons of Montague comforted him. Winslow looked up at her with brown eyes and his tail began to wag.

Simons brought Winslow to Saturday’s fifth annual nail trimming clinic at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter.

“Every morning he likes to jump up on me,” Simons said, describing how his nails could be painful. Plus, she said, all proceeds from the clinic benefit the shelter.

According to Gabby Trudeau, office manager at the shelter, the money is primarily used to cover vet care for the shelter’s animals.

“It really helps to keep this place running,” Trudeau said. “Every dog we get here usually has some kind of condition, whether it be a skin condition or just needing vaccines.”

Edson offered nail trimming for $11, nail trimming with a cordless Dremel tool for $16 and pad trimming for $16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Last year, 46 dog owners from across Franklin County brought 63 dogs to the clinic, with many also giving additional donations. As of around noon Saturday, 26 owners had brought in their dogs.

“It’s usually pretty popular,” Trudeau said.

For Trudeau and other shelter volunteers, the clinic also allows them to reunite with “alumni,” or dogs that were adopted from the shelter.

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