Charley enjoys a walk through the Civic Center Grounds Saturday at Woofstock SWLA 2012. (Michelle Higginbotham / American Press)
Models with dogs graced the steps of the Lake Charles Civic Center grounds Saturday during the Dogs N Divas fashion show at Woofstock SWLA 2012. (Michelle Higginbotham / American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, October 15, 2012 11:09 AM
Nearly 1,000 people attended the second Woofstock event at the Lake Charles Civic Center grounds, which helped promote the need to protect abused and abandoned dogs and adopt those needing a home.
The event was hosted by LaPaw Rescue and included 25 animal rescue groups from around the state and Texas. Kim Dexter-Grooms, guest event coordinator, said the goal was to adopt 75 local dogs.
“There’s so many dogs that don’t have homes,” she said. “There’s people moving to apartments, and there’s no space, and they can’t have a dog. And some people just dump them.”
The event included a Dogs N Divas fashion show, which featured local dogs who were up for adoption.
Dexter-Grooms said the event’s mascot was Scooter, who was thrown out of a car window as a puppy, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Despite his injury, she said Scooter was full of energy.
“He has the best character,” she said. “He wants to live and be around people.”
Britney Blanchette, owner of Bons Chiens Dog Training, said more than 250 people signed petitions supporting an enclosed dog park in downtown Lake Charles.
“In the downtown area, your houses are so close together, and a lot of people live in apartments and lofts,” she said. “They don’t have an open yard for their dog to run loose.”
Blanchette said she and other supporters of the park are set to meet with the Lake Charles City Council this week to discuss possible properties for the park.