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A look at an unconventional St. Patrick's Day fundraiser

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Thousands of people are expected to flock to Uptown Columbus this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. On Friday however, some unconventional party goers are expected.

Paws Humane is sponsoring a "Pints for Paws" bar crawl. The event includes pet adoptions; but one local animal rights group wants to remind party goers of the commitment that comes along with a new pet.

Paws Humane said they were approached by the Downtown Nightlife Association to sponsor the event. The organization was also quick to add that yes, they are aware of the drinking tradition associated with the holiday.

"Our adoption staff is very well versed and we are not going to let a dog go home with someone who has been drinking. We are very, very cautious of who we do send our animals home with and we are going to be very on top of that tonight," said Missy Mcclure, the Director of marketing at Paws.

She said from day one, the organization has been aware of the challenges their adoption staff might face at the bar crawl.

"They've gone through all their training, they've been trained for the past few years, they've both, both Lauren and Tara will be there tonight and they've been doing this for quite sometime, they both know that they are doing, they are great at what they do," added Mcclure.

With that in mind, Animal SOS, a local animal rights activist group, reminded party goers impulse adoptions are never a good idea, especially ones fueled by alcohol.

"Any time you are meeting a new dog, you want to take your time, take a breath, say 'oh it's cute,' but what will it be like in my environment," said Animal SOS Founder and President Becky Carter.

Carter added that adopting a new pet is a lot of responsibility, and not something that should be taken lightly.

"If you're not prepared for it even though it's a cute cuddly thing, and I'm rescuing and its going to have a safe place to be, he's not going to have to live in a cage, the worst thing you can do is take it home and in a few days say oh boy this was a mistake and take it back."

Carter did add that she does not know of a rescue in town, including Paws, that will not take back a pet they have adopted out, but it should be used as a last resort because it has the potential to effect the dogs demeanor.

As well as pet adoptions Friday night, the bar crawl will also act as a fundraiser for the shelter. Wrist bands cost 10 dollars, one dollar goes directly to paws.

The adoptions will run from 730 to 830 and the bar crawl kicks off at 8.

 

 

 

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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