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Dog Walk at Farmers Market to help animal shelter

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

Helping animals is her passion, so Connersville High School senior Ryleigh Loper decided to take her passion a step further and help raise money for the local animal shelter.

Dog Days Walk will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Fayette County Farmers Market in the 400 block of Central Avenue. There is no charge to attend. A Dog Walk will start at 8 a.m.

Booths will be selling pet-related items and there will be opportunities to donate to the animal shelter. Along with the Dog Walk there will be music, pet costume contest, cadaver dog demonstration and more activities.

Loper’s involvement started with a t-shirt.

“I originally created a t-shirt fundraiser to raise money for the animal shelter because I know they have been struggling with a lack of time, lack of money and new management,” Loper said. “After discussing ways to promote spaying and neutering along with a place I could sell more t-shirts to the community ... we settled on the Dog Day Event at the Farmers Market. Since then, I have planned out the event with a variety of different members of the community.”

Loper’s t-shirts will be available for $15. All of the money made goes to the animal shelter. 

Loper saw a need to help animals in the community after watching her mother work.

“With my mother working at the Connersville Veterinary Clinic, I have witnessed the problems of overpopulation and people shopping for animals rather than adopting,” Loper said. “There are too many wonderful pets in this world that are euthanized every single day because people do not rescue them from shelters like ours. Hopefully by raising money for spaying, neutering, and sponsoring animals, I can prevent more puppies or kittens being born without ever having a home and give those that are in shelters more time to be adopted.”

People attending can bring their dogs as long as they are on a leash.