The Lexington Humane Society holds an annual dog paddle

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – It was a bad day to be a tennis ball at Woodland Park on Sept. 10, 2022. The Lexington Humane Society held its annual “Doggie Paddle” where more than 300 dogs showed up to swim for a good cause.

It’s one of the Humane Society’s four big events of the year, and seeing happy pooches is worth it. There were also stalls from local vendors with treats for the dogs and their companions.

Megan Hawkins, director of community engagement for the Lexington Humane Society, has been thrilled all year that the puppies are taking the plunge.

“It’s my favorite event. It’s so much fun. One way or another, dogs usually put on their best behavior. Like I said, we’re a non-profit organization. The Lexington Humane Society has thousands of animals that we care for every year. It looks like we’ve had a very busy summer. Beagles, helping flood victims, in different areas. This money will be used to help those areas and animals whose we’re dealing with now,” Hawkins said.

The Humane society’s next event is the Beastie Ball and Gala in October with the theme ‘Wild, Wild, Westie’ and you can find more information about it on their website.


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Jennifer R. Strohm