Orr Park Has Gone to the Dogs
8/20/2007 Critters by the Creek Was a HUGE Sucess
August 4, 2007 was the first ever “Critters by the Creek” held at Orr Park in Montevallo by the Parks and Recreation Board. This event was designed after the ever so popular “Do Dah Day” held in Birmingham for the last 27 years. We wanted to combine the love people have for their pets along with a purpose: to help those pets who need it the most from the Shelby Humane Society located in Columbiana.
Throughout the event we had Steve Gilbert from CGS Events running our sound system and keeping the mood light with great music. In addition, Jordan Barrios entertained the crowd with fantastic live music. The day was sponsored by “Furtastic Pets,” Montevallo’s premier pet grooming and pet supply center which is owned by John and Emily Hall. We had several contests which included the following: Ugliest Pet, Cutest Pet, Best Dressed Pet, Owner / Dog Look A-Like, Most Talented and a Photo Contest. In all thirteen (13) prizes were awarded and donated by “Furtastic Pets” and “The Royal Duchess” a boutique also located in Montevallo.
We had several vendors at the event: Furtastic Pets-gave away free pet supplies, had a cooling tent and plenty of water for the dogs, Montevallo High School Band-sold cold drinks and t-shirts to raise money, The Cool Spot-sold shaved ice and hot dogs, Mt. Valley Church volunteers cleaned car windshields, painted faces, gave away water, made balloon dogs and kept the event area clean and free of pet “poop” all with a smile on each and every one of their faces. Last but not least, Montevallo’s Lil’ Red Fire Truck was on hand for photos.
In addition to the contests we had three (3) local K-9 units on hand at the park from the the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, the Montevallo Police Department and the Calera Police Department to give demonstrations and answer any questions the event goers might have for the officers regarding their partners, how they are trained and how they protect and serve the community. We would like to thank the officers for being a part of our event.
Our special guests were from the Shelby Humane Society. Erin, the Public Relations and Marketing Representative for the Columbiana office and a Shelby Humane Society volunteer brought four dogs for adoption and one dog was adopted almost immediately that day. We had a very successful day for the animals at the shelter due to the overwhelming support of the people and their pets at our critters day. We had about 100 -150 people, about 90 dogs, 1 miniature horse, 1 parrot and 1 bunny. We received about $200 in supplies, $493 in cash donations, $20 for t-shirts, 6 dogs were micro chipped and 1 dog was adopted.
Thank you to all the people who came to “Critters by the Creek” and brought your pets big and small. Thank you to the vendors and volunteers without all of you this day would not have been as successful as it was. Look forward to seeing you all at next years’ event.