Dozens of dogs will come to Camano Island on Aug. 17 for a fun-filled dog wash sponsored by the Friends of CASA, the Camano Animal Shelter Association.
The 13th annual CASA Dog Wash is one of the group’s larger fundraisers. Some 80 volunteers participated in 2018 and 202 dogs were bathed, netting more than $6,000 for the shelter.
The dog wash, held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot near the Camano Island Animal Shelter, is a wet and wild affair that attracts pet owners and animal lovers alike. Volunteers spend hours in advance preparing the lot for the onslaught of pooches who start arriving. Much coordination is needed as the canines are led through an assembly line of bathing pools, rinsing areas and finally drying stations.
Some dogs offer token resistance while others seem to enjoy the cool water on a hot summer’s day and don’t want to leave their tubs. Inevitably, volunteer washers end up soaked as well, as some hairy pooch shakes off water well before reaching the towels.
A bath costs $8 to $12, depending on size of the animal. For an additional fee, pups can get a manicure. Nail clipping and Dremel services are provided by professional groomers. Dogs go home wearing a new dog wash bandana. T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats – for people – will be available for purchase.
The shelter will be open, and people can come in to meet CASA’s dogs, cats and kittens available for adoption.
All proceeds from the dog wash and adoptions go to CASA, a nonprofit organization with the mission of “bringing together animals in need and caring people, forever enriching their lives.”