Business plans Walk-n-Wag to aid dog rescue group

A local business is raising money for a Leetonia-based non-profit rescue mission for dogs with medical problems through a new Walk-n-Wag event in the downtown.

The event is co-sponsored by Paws on Main and A Place for Paws, both Columbiana businesses owned by Dani Edgerton.

The event coincides with the American Kennel Club’s responsible dog ownership month and Edgerton is certified through the AKC to administer tests for the Canine Good Citizen program.

The Walk-n-Wag will consist of a walk through historic downtown Columbiana to the Harvey S. Firestone Park, where a trick contest will be held in pavilion 4.

The walk will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., with staggered start times every 10 minutes so the dogs and their walkers won’t be too crowded. It will start at Paws on Main at 112 S. Main St., then pass the Pampered Pup Grooming Salon, Ace Hardware, and into Firestone Park, and back to Paws on Main by passing Blue Ribbon Chiropractic.

Registration can be filled out online at pawsonmain.typeform/com/to/TcoPud through Thursday. Registration forms can also be turned in at Paws on Main or A Place for Paws at 165 Nulf Drive in the Industrial Park.

Those who participate will receive a drawstring swag bag with goodies for dogs and their walkers.

Registration the day of the event is $20 per team as time allows and those who register then will be given a swag bag while supplies last.

Certificates will be given at the final check-in at Paws on Main to teams that complete all check-ins and demonstration good dog behaviors.

Edgerton said all proceeds from the event will benefit All Paws are Perfect.

“We have often helped local rescues. This rescue tends to do an awful lot of rescuing these dogs that need medical care,” she said.

Specifically, the rescue helps dogs with eye, ear and tooth problems, in addition to other medical issues.

According to its Facebook page, All Paws are Perfect is a 501c3 foster based rescue. There is no physical shelter to call or visit, with all rescued dogs living in homes until they are ready to be adopted.

Those wanting to meet one of the rescue dogs must fill out an application. Those wishing to foster a rescue dog can apply for that at www.apuprescue.com. The rescue pays for 100 percent of the dog’s medical care and also supplies one bag of food and supplies and a crate as needed.

Edgerton said she wanted to do something to support the rescue since it has more of a need for ongoing money all the time whereas other rescues are typically more self-sustaining.

She said the Walk-n-Wag event already has 15 people registered. Space is limited to up to 60 participants.

“I am assuming we will get close to that,” she said on Monday.

A basket raffle to benefit the rescue is also going on at Paws on Main throughout the week. Tickets are $10 for a sheet of 25 and $20 for three sheets. The business will also be giving out a free ticket for every $10 spent in the store.

Edgerton said there are 30 baskets available. The drawing will be held on Saturday at the check-in station in the park.