Many dogs and their owners enjoyed a fun day in the sun during the second-annual Bark in the Park at Dillon Dog Park on Saturday.
The event was hosted by Carolina Helping Paws Rescue, a nonprofit, foster-based animal rescue.
It's nice to have an event where the animals are welcome, said Angel King, co-founder of the rescue.
King said the organization has been around for almost three years, and Saturday's event will help get the word out about the rescue. It's hard to raise money with so many other rescue organizations out there, she said.
Many people don't realize the amount of money that is needed to care for some of the rescued animals, King said.
She mentioned a rescued dog that needed $1,000 in medical care after it was dragged behind a vehicle and left by the road. Dog adoptions are $185, she said.
The rescue often addresses extreme medical needs for animals, she said.
King said the proceeds collected on Saturday would be used for food, grooming and veterinary services for rescued animals. Some of the vendors even decided to donate their proceeds to the rescue, she said.
She said each vendor also provided an item that was given out during a raffle.
"It's our moral obligation to help those who cannot speak for themselves," King said. It's a community effort, she said.
King also thanked the event's sponsors, StoneQuarters Countertops LLC, Bullock Pet Cremation Services, CCM Investment Advisers in Columbia and Northwoods Senior Living.
Stephen Barrineau, CEO of Northwoods, said Bark in the Park was a great way to show support to another local organization while also giving back to the community. The rescue provides a much-needed service and is a positive thing in the community, he said.
Carolina Helping Paws Rescue president and co-founder Janet Derrick said the organization is always looking for people to foster animals.
All rescue animals receive veterinarian care, are spayed or neutered and are placed in homes where they are socialized, she said.
More information about Carolina Helping Paws Rescue can be found on Facebook or on the organization's website, www.carolinahelpingpawrescue.org. Information about donating can also be found on both sites.