The 17th Annual Paws in The Park for Animal Refuge League was a fundraising field day of happy tails, which felt like the dog days of summer. Our Maine Wag pupparazzi photo slider has 24 photos of the day’s happy vibe. One of the adoptable dogs might just win your heart.
Maine Wag Duo hanging with Miss Kitty
Ted was entranced by The Pretty Girls Sing Soprano's harmonizing.
PIP Emcees - WMTW News Personality, Erin Ovalle, and her dog Baxter .
The Paws in the Park (PIP) Parade gets under way
Miss Kitty leads the Pack
Steamy day for Polar Bears
Golden moments on the trails.
P.I.P - Happy Trailers
Hot Dogs, Popcorn and Wags
Petey from Tall Tails Rescue wants a forever home.
Liberty (left) and Justice (right) from Lucky Pup Rescue. Justice is ready for adoption and such a sweetie.
Buster and Laya two adorable pint sized pups from Animal Refuge League looking for love.
Sweet Piper from Almost Home - looking for love in all the right places.
Marley from Animal Refuge League wagged his way throughout the day. He's a big softie who loves long walks.
Keeper the Leaper from Smarrt Agility Club did her mom, Diana Facteau, proud.
Keeper happy to chill.
This Animal Welfare Society Alumni said she had the best brother and sister ever.
It was a field of happy sniffs and fluff.
Paws in the Park Celebrity Judges - Erin Ovalle from WMTW , Mallory Brooke - WMTW Meteorologist, Teddy McKay - WHOM
Hannah won Best Dressed in her army get-up; a perfect poser too!
True demonstrates an enthusiastic seated tail wag and wins Best Tail Wagger.
Finney does a perfect Sit-Pretty pose for Heather Smith.
Our Maine Wag poses with his Dad after winning Best Trick with a triple rollover.
Animal Refuge League Alumni Zeke - in a happy new home with his Dad, Ben Francis.
Discover 297 fantastic furry photos of the day’s doggie antics, taken by Joanne Minor of Minor Moments Photography.
On the last Sunday in September, Paws in the Park, the dog-friendly Maine annual fundraiser kicked off with mesmerizing harmonies from Pretty Girls Sing Soprano and a 4-paw parade on the trails that abut Westbrook Middle School and Animal Refuge League’s rescue facility.
The Fall foliage was starting to show but Mother Nature hadn’t got the Fall memo with temperatures soaring into the 80s. Paraders got a chance to sniff out the existing Animal Refuge League campus landscape and hear about the pending new construction of the planned state of the art 25,000 square foot facility, which is being funded by the Future Fund Campaign. To date, 4.3 million has been raised for this much needed animal rescue haven with a 6.5 million campaign goal.
The event was emceed by Erin Ovalle from WMTW and her faithful stage pal, Baxter. The Emcee duo demonstrated their own harmonizing howl-off routine. Parade time was followed by meet and greets with fellow animal loving sponsors and the opportunity to fall in love with a new best friend from one of the many participating rescue groups. High speed agility action and playful dog-centric competitions kept everyone entertained. By the end of the day, tongues were hanging out and some lucky pups had found love and happily-ever-after homes. All in all, $20,000 was raised to help Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland with their furry good mission which is certainly something to wag about.