Staff File Photo by Erin O. Smith / Parker, 6, fetches a Frisbee during a previous Doggie Pool Paddle at the Warner Park pool. The canine swimming party is one of two fundraisers for McKamey Animal Center being held Saturday.

Wet or dry is the question for supporters of McKamey Animal Center when the nonprofit hosts two fundraisers on Saturday, Sept. 7.

To stay dry, head to First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St., for the first 4 Paws Pantry Palooza between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to stock McKamey's pantry. All you need to bring is a food donation for animals to get in this free event.

"Our food intake varies greatly — we estimate between 10,000-12,000 pounds of dog food plus 1,000 pounds or more of puppy food," says Jamie McAloon, McKamey executive director, of meeting the food demand at the shelter.

"We also go through about 5,000 pounds of cat food monthly and 50-200 cases of canned cat food monthly. This does not include the food we donate to the pet food bank for people who need temporary help," she adds.

Leashed dogs are welcome to attend this family- friendly event. There will be a doggie parade, dog cake-eating contest, food trucks, displays by animal rescue groups, vendors and a photo booth among activities there.

* If you'd rather cool off splashing with your canine pal in the pool, the annual Doggie Pool Paddle will take place at Warner Park swimming pool, 1254 E. Third St., on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Swim with your pup in an Olympic-size pool or one of the park's two wading pools. All sizes of dogs are welcome.

Pool rules are: owners must accompany their dogs and clean up after them, there must be one adult per two dogs, dogs much be on a leash when outside pool area, children must not be left unattended, bring your own towel.

Aggressive dogs (and people) will be asked to leave.

Admission is $15 per pooch in advance, $10 each additional dog, humans free. Advance ticket sales will end at noon on Friday, Sept. 6.

Admission is $20 per pooch at the gate, $10 each additional dog, free for humans.

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— Compiled by staff writer Susan Pierce


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