Charlottesville Animal Hospital to Hold Charity Dog Wash

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You can get your pups pampered in Charlottesville this weekend to raise funds for other furry friends in need. The Old Dominion Animal Hospital is hosting its third annual charity dog wash as a way to give back to the community.

All of the money raised through this event will benefit the Companion Animal Fund. The charity was established about seven years ago to help support independent rescue organizations across central Virginia.

Old Dominion Animal Hospital's parking lot will essentially be turned into a doggy hair salon on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff members and volunteers will have hoses, shampoo, and blow dryers to bathe pups of all sizes for donations.

The funds will go directly the Companion Animal Fund, whose primary goal is to help spay and neuter stray dogs and cats in the area. Organizers say the procedure helps prevent an overflow of animals at rescue organizations, pet sanctuaries and SPCAs.

Old Dominion Animal Hospital owner & veterinarian Charles Wood said, “It helps dramatically decrease the population. It keeps them from running around loose. It's wonderful, they should all be spayed or neutered by the time they are 6 months old.”

The veterinarians at Old Dominion Animal Hospital also say this is a good opportunity to educate dog owners on flea control. The summer season is a big time for fleas to be a problem, so they will also be providing information on that issue at the dog wash.

Suggested donations for small and medium pups are $10. Organizers recommend giving $15 for large and extra-large dogs.

All pets must have proof of a current rabies vaccination to participate.

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