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People putted, pets prospered at fundraiser
Julie Carlson reacts to a shot during Saturday’s Putting for Pets fundraiser at the Oaks Miniature Golf Course. With Julie are her playing partners Shawn Holbrook and Katie Holbrook. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Hall County Humane Society educational programs. - photo by Tom Reed

On this cool Saturday morning, the Oaks Miniature Golf course was bustling with sound. Lively folk music and rushing waterfalls blended in the background of people chatting as they lined up for their turn at the "Putting for Pets" miniature golf tournament.

The golf was for humans, but the proceeds went to help the pets at the seventh annual event.

All of the proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Humane Society of Hall County, particularly their educational programs. More than 100 people had signed up to take part in Saturday’s fundraiser.

Other activities kept participants busy until the awards ceremony.

"We try to have things for people to stay occupied so they’re not just sitting," said Florence Aiken, administrative assistant of the Humane Society of Hall County.

Participants could play bingo, get their faces painted or check out booths of sponsoring businesses and vendors.

Animal guests as well as humans visited the tournament, including Max the Termite Dog, a beagle whose ability to sniff out insects makes him "worth every penny" of his training, according to owner James Benners of Guard Dog Termite & Pest Solutions Inc. Saturday, Max showed off his sniffing skills for the crowd with a demonstration. Max’s visit to the event brought him back to his roots. He was adopted by a humane society in Florida before becoming a termite-sniffing dog.

Joe Ingram, a frequent Humane Society of Hall County volunteer, came with his wife, Lisa, and stepchildren Brianna and Alan Brown to the tournament. He said the event is one of many humane society functions that he attends.

"We try to do all we can to help the humane society," Ingram said.

For more information about the Humane Society of Hall County, go to organization’s Web site or call 770-532-6617.