- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2015

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Dressed in a pink dress and a fetching hat, Trinity lingered around a group of pools set up at Cooter’s Pond in Prattville, not certain whether to plunge in or not.

It wasn’t necessarily the ensemble that was holding her 3-year-old dog back, said Taylor Friday, Trinity’s owner. In fact, she did not enjoy dressing up, “but she’s distracted,” Friday said.

“Normally, she’d be trying to eat it,” added Taylor’s mother, Linda Friday.

There were many dogs and many people to hold a canine’s attention April 26 at the Prattville/Autauga Humane Society’s 10th annual Bark in the Park, a fundraiser that Jenny Whisenhunt, community outreach director for the organization, said brought in over $7,000 last year. The group was expecting between 2,000 and 3,000 people to participate in the event, which was postponed the previous day because of inclement weather.

The Humane Society is working on furnishing its new building, which provides shelter for about 85 cats and dogs.

“With Prattville growing, the pet overpopulation has grown,” she said. “But adoptions have grown, too.”

With that in mind, Whisenhunt said, the organization is trying to stress the need to spay and neuter pets to bring the overpopulation under control. Whisenhunt said it was important for people to understand “how quickly pets can multiply” and how spaying and neutering bring things under control.

Many, like Sovan Tea, who brought his bulldog Socrates to the event, were there to support the organization and to give their pets a chance to play with other dogs.

“He’s jumped in the pool and played with other dogs,” he said. “It’s a good atmosphere.”

Hutch Heberer of Prattville brought his dog Dixie Ann to walk around and meet with friends’ dogs. “She needs a little socializing,” he said.

There were opportunities for businesses as well. Shelby Martin, a groomer with River Region Vet Services, showed off Dude and Mo, her colorfully dyed canines, near a table for the business. Dye jobs like theirs - featuring the full spectrum of colors on one half of Dude and tiger stripes on the other - aren’t necessarily in high demand, but work well as conversation starters, Martin said.

“This is a good way for people in the pet industry to market themselves,” she said.

There were certainly dog lovers available to consider the services.

“It’s amazing how much more pets are like family,” said Linda Friday, who owns three dogs. “I spend more time taking my pets to the doctor than I do myself.”

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com


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