Park hosts pet adoption fair

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.As well as animal adoption possibilities and treats, Sweeney Chevrolet and Boardman Park organized special prizes games and a demonstration from the local K9 unit to show how the unit works. Pictured are Boardman polica officer Darren Tallman and his K9 Sumo, along with Poland police officer J.R. Jackson.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Sweeney Chevrolet and Boardman Park invited a number of vendors to their Adopt-a-Palooza event. These vendors sold treats and other pet products. Pictured are vendors Chrissy King and Darla Donahue of Barktastic K9 Cupboard, selling different treats for dogs.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Sweeney Chevrolet teamed up with Boardman Park for their annual Adopt-a-Palooza on June 3. The event featured eight animal rescues. 2017's event led to 12 adoptions, and they look forward to leading to more in the future. Pictured is Angie from All About the Pawz with Duncan the dog.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Sweeney Chevrolet and Boardman Park hosted their annual Adopt-A-Palooza at the park on June 3.

The event featured animal adoption agencies as well as other animal partners. Sweeney and the park have collaborated on the event for the past two years, while Sweeney has had the event for six years.

“We are fortunate that over the past 100 years, the community has given us so much, and we wanted to give back,” said Chris Anderson, the Digital Marketing Director for Sweeney and the main organizer for the event for the organization. Recreation director Karen McCallum helped organize the event for the park.

The event included eight animal rescue agencies, such as Angels for Animals and All About the Pawz. Last year’s event resulted in the adoption of twelve animals, and they hope to raise that number more each year they have the event. The event also had a number of vendors, who sold items to help animals maintain a healthy life.

Sweeney and the park gave away prizes at the event and had a demonstration from the local police. Boardman’s K9 unit showed how their dog searches for narcotics and other scents. Boardman officer Darren Tallman, his dog Sumo and Poland police officer J.R. Jackson gave the demonstration.

Anderson called the partnership with the park a “natural fit,” saying that he, a Boardman resident, loves taking his dog to the park. The location also allowed for an expanded event and brought the event back to Boardman.

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