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Pets Enjoy Their Day In The Sun At Stamford's Doggy Day Palooza

Event organizers bathe Kayla on Saturday at the Stamford Dog Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Kayla, a 12-year-old black lab, gets a bath. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Liam, a 12-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, gets his bath. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Event organizer Pam Conte towel-dries Liam after his bath. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Moose, a chocolate lab, cools off in a pool at the dog park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Moose enjoys a dip on a warm day. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The doggies are out enjoying the weather Saturday at the Stamford Dog Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The doggies are out enjoying the weather Saturday at the Stamford Dog Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The doggies enjoy the nice weather Saturday at the Stamford Dog Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Dogs and their owners love the dog park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The dogs are out enjoying the weather Saturday at the Stamford Dog Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

STAMFORD, Conn. -- For Doggy Day Palooza at the Stamford Dog Park, owners could bring their dogs to the park and pay a small fee to have their pets (or their cars) washed, with all proceeds going to STARelief and Pet Assistance.

Plenty of dogs visited the park Saturday. One of the event organizers, Pam Conte, said they had washed about 40 dogs -- all for a good cause.

Conte told the Daily Voice how the event was born.

"A bunch of my friends and I were trying to come up with different community events throughout the year, and last year we came up with something to help the pet community," she said. "It's a bunch of Stamford residents coming together to support a nonprofit organization, STARelief, and to help the pets in our community.

"One-hundred percent of the donations go to STARelief and Pet Assistance, which provides food and temporary housing, and medical care for people going through financial hardships.

"The turnout has been great, we've been consistently busy all day," Conte added. "We've washed at least 45 dogs, and the car wash hasn't stopped since we started this morning."

Conte said the effort raised around $2,000 for the charities last year, and organizers expected that amount to increase this year.

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