A furry fundraiser at Hampton Park (plus bonus photos!)

Story and photos by Francella Fiallos – 

The Bayview Animal Hospital hosted its third free “Pedicures in the Park” for neighborhood mutts, dogs, and puppies behind the Hampton Park Plaza on August 12. The event is part of an outreach and charity program to increase awareness for dog rescue groups, veterinarians in the city, and adoption programs.

“We wanted to think of ways to give back to the community and have some fun and give some exposure to the hospital as well,” says Bayview Animal Hospital manager Karen Burton.

The small park behind the Food Basics near Kirkwood Avenue and Carling Avenue is a regular meeting place for dog walkers, who often unleash their furry friends in the last minutes of a draining wading pool at the end of the day. So there was no question for the Bayview Animal Hospital, which is located nearby, where they would want to lend a hand or a paw.

“So, we came up with the idea of Pedicures in the Park,” says Burton. “Free nail treatments and a showcase as well.”

The past two events in June raised around $200 and $600, respectively.

Rhett poses for the camera before getting a pedicure. His owner Sue brings him here because he gets to socialize with the other dogs. But, that’s not the only reason Rhett was excited. “He comes for the cookies,” says Sue.
Rhett poses for the camera before getting a pedicure. His owner Sue brings him here because he gets to socialize with the other dogs. But, that’s not the only reason Rhett was excited. “He comes for the cookies,” says Sue.
Oliver nervously gets a pedicure by staff members of the Bayview Animal Hospital. His owner was on hand to give him all the support he needed.
Oliver nervously gets a pedicure by staff members of the Bayview Animal Hospital. His owner was on hand to give him all the support he needed.
Pedicures in the Park raises money for charities that support rescue organizations and veterinarians. 
Pedicures in the Park raises money for charities that support rescue organizations and veterinarians.
Roxy confronts a new dog to the Hampton Court Park before getting her usual pedicure. “It’s a nice little gathering,” says owner Elaine Evraire. She also commended the Bayview’s support for dog rescue organizations. 
Roxy confronts a new dog to the Hampton Court Park before getting her usual pedicure. “It’s a nice little gathering,” says owner Elaine Evraire. She also commended the Bayview’s support for dog rescue organizations.
Born with a deformity on his paw, Pickles the toy Chihuahua is about to get his first ever pedicure but not without a few jitters along the way.
Born with a deformity on his paw, Pickles the toy Chihuahua is about to get his first ever pedicure but not without a few jitters along the way.
Not everyone is happy about getting their nails done, even if it is a free pedicure.
Not everyone is happy about getting their nails done, even if it’s a free pedicure.
Simba steals the spotlight as his owner looks on by the raffle and bake sale offered by the Bayview Animal Hospital to raise money for Sit With Me Dog Rescue.
Simba steals the spotlight as his owner looks on by the raffle and bake sale offered by the Bayview Animal Hospital to raise money for Sit With Me Dog Rescue.

 

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