The planning committee (Roberta Knauf, Director of Pet Services at Schoedinger; Anne Kuntz, Director of Business Development at Wexner Heritage Village and member of PAWS – Powell Animal Welfare Society; and Julie Olds, Director of Community Relations and Education at Schoedinger) wanted to organize an event that would bring pet owners and animal enthusiasts together for a day of celebration and honoring our animal friends. There were numerous rescues on site with plenty of animal friends, as well as the Capital Area Human Society’s MARV Vehicle (an air conditioned mobile adoption van). There were also many other organizations that offer supplies or services to pet owners such as hand-made personalized mugs and bowls, pet bandanas, pet clothing, and pet slings. The folks from the Reiki Center joined us as well as organizations that raise funds for shelter dogs and cats with special needs. Let’s not forget the Canine Cancer Foundation and Paws of Love Treats. It was certainly a day filled with exciting things to see for everyone.
This day was also made special by the generous donation from Heartland Hospice to allow for newspaper advertising. Heartland Hospice, serving all of Franklin and surrounding counties, offers pet therapy to their patients and families. This is a great comfort to families with young children or when there is an animal enthusiast in the family.
Schoedinger Pet Services also had their two pet therapy dogs on site: Tara and Willow. Tara is a certified therapy dog and helps families at funeral services as well as when dog and cat owners have just lost a pet. Willow is in training but already showing signs of being a great addition to the therapy department at only 9 months old. It was a pleasure to be able to educate people on the value of pet therapy.
In addition to all these wonderful organizations that came out to support the event, we had a Pet Chaplain perform a pet blessing for all who wished to have their pets blessed. Some people came out specifically for the blessing and received a St. Francis medallion and a certificate of blessing.
To top off an already wonderful day (hot but sunny), attendees enjoyed the delicious concessions from Pitabilities. And on the way back to the car, many pet owners stopped and had their photo taken in front of the fountains at the Worthington chapel.
To view photos from the event, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SchoedingerPets/photos_stream.
Julie is the Director of Community Relations at Schoedinger Funeral Service.