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Posted on: September 25, 2017

Passaic County Hosts Second Annual Paws in the Park

(Paterson, NJ) – The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in conjunction with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office and Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc. will be hosting the second annual “Paws in the Park” on Saturday, October 7th from 10am-3pm at Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne, with a rain date of Sunday, October 8th.

The “Paws in the Park” event will focus on local pet rescues and shelters, and the proceeds from the event will benefit the Passaic County Sheriff’s K-9 Division. Last year, the goal for Paws in the Park was to raise enough funds to remediate the dilapidated K-9 memorial, which was missing the names of 43 K-9s that retired or perished in the line of duty. The K-9 Memorial and adjacent memorial garden for pets of Passaic County residents was unveiled on September 20th of this year. The goal for the second annual Paws in the Park is to provide each K-9 with a bullet proof vest.

Paws in the Park will provide resources and entertainment for current pet owners as well. This will include demonstrations from the Passaic County SPCA and Sheriff’s K-9 unit, a blessing of the animals by Father Mark from St. John’s in Paterson, pet contests, raffles, and vendors ranging from face painters to animal psychics.
Discounted micro-chipping will be available from 10am-12pm, and will be administered by Dr. Gordon of Oakland Animal Hospital. The micro-chips will be supplied by the company “Home Again” and the registration fee for the first year will be waived. The micro-chips will function normally without the $20 annual registration fee, but the registration entitles the owner to free poison control services and up to $5000 in pet insurance for the year.

“We are excited to kick-off our second annual Paws in the Park. Last year’s event was a monumental success, and we are excited to offer a bigger and better event this year,” said Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara. “Every year, Paws in the Park re-affirms the county’s commitment to advocate for homeless pets who do not have a voice.”

Paws in the Park is being sponsored by several local organizations. This year the event is being sponsored by TD Bank, Aton Consulting, PBA Local 286, United Federated Systems, Columbia Bank, LAN Associates, Dover Brake & Clutch Company, Shotmeyer Brothers, and the Railroad Construction Company.
"I want to thank the Passaic County Freeholders for sponsoring the Paws in the Park program,” said Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik. "The Sheriff's Office K-9 Division will use the funds raised from the program to help with expenses that help support the important function of the unit. The K-9 Unit is one of the first lines of defense in our battle against drugs and violence."

As an extension of this event, the Freeholders are offering Memorial Bricks for civilians to purchase which will also benefit the Sheriff’s K-9 Division. The bricks will be placed around the current K-9 Memorial at Lambert’s Castle and will grow the Memorial Pet Garden. The bricks will allow people to honor their personal pet, or businesses can sponsor a brick as a donation. Information on Memorial Bricks, as well as a full schedule of events, can be found at www.passaiccountynj.org/PawsinthePark.
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