The first annual Paws and Claws Summer Jam hosted by The Animal Shelter Society took place today at Zanes Landing Park Saturday.
The main attraction, the cornhole tournament helped raise a lot of money for the animal shelter. The executive director of the shelter, Jody Murray, was excited about the turnout from today’s event.
"First and foremost it’s a fundraiser for the shelter," Murray said. "We’re a private non-profit shelter, we don’t get any government funding or anything like that, so the services that we provide are only limited by the donations and income that we get."
Not only was today a fundraiser, but the shelter took it as an opportunity to educate people about what the shelter does. Murray said that if you don’t want to adopt an animal there are still plenty of things that you can do to help.
"Of course we appreciate donations, but the shelter is here for the community," Murray said. "We want to be part of the community and invite people out and be apart of what we do. If they want to get more involved we’ll find an activity or something for them to do, but the main thing is we want people to come out and just be part of the shelter."
Murray said that all the money raised from today’s event will stay right in Zanesville at the animal shelter.