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Animal shelter works to raise funds, awareness
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Katelyn Seabolt, 7, takes “Gypsy” out of her pen Saturday at Mutts on Main, a fundraiser on the downtown Gainesville square that benefits the Hall County Animal Shelter. Katelyn’s mother, Meghan Seabolt, is a veterinarian at the shelter. Gypsy is a 1-year-old Sheltie mix. - photo by NAT GURLEY

Wagging tails, barking, laughter and smiles were found on the Gainesville square Saturday as the Hall County Animal Shelter held the first Mutts On Main fundraising event.

Contests, a pet fashion walk, vendors and discounted rabies shots and microchips were part of the event along with chances to meet some of the dogs up for adoption.

“I think (the event) has met or exceeded expectations,” said Cindy Langman, program coordinator of the shelter.

Beyond fundraising, part of the goal was to let people know the shelter is not the same as the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia.

“A lot of people don’t realize we’re two separate organizations,” she said. “So, this is branding as well as fundraising, too, because all of our funds from the adoptions and donations goes to the shelter.”

Langman said besides monetary donations, supplies such as toys and treats for cats and dogs, towels, laundry detergent and bed linens are always appreciated.

Many who attended brought their pets from home to bask in the sun and play with the shelter dogs.

One of those who did was Roscinda Matz of Lula and her 1-year-old dog, Hank.

“This was good for him to get out here and walk around,” she said. “He’s been doing really good (at the event). I had been wanting to get him microchipped, but it’s expensive. So, I brought him here and got him microchipped.

Pam Beasley entered her two dogs, Ginger, 6, and Lupe, 3, into the best-dressed contest, where they paraded around in pink shirts and jean skirts.

“This has been fun,” Beasley said, “seeing all the different dogs and their costumes and talking to the people has been really neat. I look forward to coming to another one.

She added that she wishes she could help the shelter out more, but she donates supplies.