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Dogs play a special role in the lives of the kids at the Avondale Youth Center.
Every Friday, Sadie Mae, comes to visit. She was rescued from animal shelter in Muskingum County and is certified as a "Canine Good Citizen." Her appearance serves as therapy for the kids at the center.
"It teaches responsibility,"said Director of the Avondale Youth Center Nathaniel Norris. "We have them go walk Sadie Mae. It teaches them some love and empathy for something other than themselves."
Since the kids love Sadie and as a way to give back they'll hold their first ever "Dog Walk" at the youth center. Already they've been hard at work collecting giveaways and making homemade dog treats. The day of the event they'll even walk dogs for those that can't. Money raised through sponsor donations and a registration fee will go to the Animal Shelter in Muskingum County.
"We want the kids to understand that Muskingum County has been so good to Avondale," said Norris. "We want to give back and what better way to give back than the animal shelter. They do so much good work in the county."
The dog walk will take place Thursday from 5-8pm. The animal shelter will be on hand to microchip pets at a discounted fee, a groomer will clip your dogs nails and pets will be blessed that evening. There's also going to wading pools for the pets to get a cool drink and have their day at the beach.
Those seeking more information should contact Mary or Dena at (740) 849-2344.