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.