WELLSBORO — A parade of pooches wagged their way to Animal Care Sanctuary in Wellsboro for ACS’s annual Fall Photos with Your Pooch and Fall Open House.
Some pups posed while others pouted, but all had their photos taken by photographer Amber Layton, a Wellsboro native, atop hay bales and a background of seasonal decorations.
Sow Flora, the country-themed gift shop adjacent to ACS, co-hosted the photo event. Volunteers offered a variety of soups, cider and baked goods, as well as dog treats and cat toys. A $10 donation was asked for photos, and all proceeds were donated to ACS. Layton photographed approximately 20 owners with their pets – and a few visitors without pets. The fundraiser garnered more than $300.
“I’m just so proud of our Wellsboro location this week,” said Joan Smith-Reese, executive director of Animal Care Sanctuary, which has locations in East Smithfield and Wellsboro. “With our new dog hiking trails opening and now this, we’ve just had a wonderful week with so much support.”
The new hiking trails are sponsored by Dominion Energy and are available to registered ACS dog park members. Reese also celebrated ACS Fall Fest by taking a photo with her 94-year-old mother Fran and ACS rescue dog Calypso. Calypso is a hurricane rescue from Louisiana who is available for adoption.
Dog breeds from bloodhounds to chihuahuas were represented at the photo event; between takes, the dogs congregated, sniffed and played while their owners chatted and made new friends. Sarah Vickery of Wellsboro and her two teenage sons brought their 11-year-old goldendoodle, Murphy, for a seasonal portrait.
“It’s a great fundraiser and a beautiful day – why not have a professional picture taken of Murphy?” Vickery asked.
Rachel Preble, director of the Wellsboro ACS location, noted that the COVID lockdown and quarantine greatly increased adoptions.
“We’ve had record-breaking adoption numbers,” Preble said, “and we’re up to almost 1,000 adoptions this year so far.”
Preble noted that adopters having time to train and bond with animals contributed to this trend. “We expected more ‘returns’ of animals who don’t work out,” Preble said, “but we haven’t had many.”
For more information about Animal Care Sanctuary adoption, dog park and trails, clinic, or for volunteer information, visit www.animalcaresanctuary.org.