Put your Paws Up for a great cause

Stein Hospice is hosting their annual Paws Up program fundraiser and you, your family and all your furry friends are invited.
Ariel Shuey
Aug 20, 2013

“This is our fourth annual event and we are looking forward to it,” said Amy Skolni, event coordinator for Stein Hospice.

A dog fashion show will be one of the main highlights of the event. A $5 registration fee will apply to each animal. Skolnik recommends you bring your pet’s costume as the event is later in the day.

Want to go?

WHAT: Paws Up Pet Expo
WHEN: 12-4 p.m., Saturday August 24
WHERE: Sandusky Bay Pavilion
COST: $2 per person or $5 for three or more, 4-footed friends are free
INFO: call 419-625-5269 or visit

However, the fashion show is not everything that is going on. In fact, it’s only one of the many things you and everyone in the family can enjoy together, including a doggy art contest.

“We will have a area with tarp on it and will lay down poster board. The pets then can dip their paws in poster board paint and walk across the board,” Skolnik explained. “Then we hang up the pictures on closeline and people can vote for their favorites.”

There will also be a dog blessing.

Each dog in attendance of the blessing will receive a metal that has been blessed by the Pope. “One of our chaplains [regularly] goes to Italy and had these medals blessed by the Pope,” said Skolnik.

Mr. Gallagher, from the Sandusky Children’s Museum will be in attendance to provide some scientific fun for the kids.

Other activities include several demonstrations including a tracking demonstration, obedience and agility training for the dogs, a Gentle Leaders demonstration and a whole lot more. “We have a lot going on throughout the day,” said Skolnik.

The funding from this event will be donated to Stein Hospice’s “Paws Up” program. This program started in 2009 and allows volunteers and their dogs to visit hospice patients in surrounding facilities, including Ohio Veterans Home.

“It’s a great program,” said Skolnik. The program allows pets to be another way to communicate to people who otherwise, can’t.

Click HERE for more information about the Paws Up program.

For more information about this event please visit www.steinhospice.org