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First responders to wash dogs for good cause

If you have a dog that needs a bath you might want to wait until the weekend. Over the next three Saturdays, local first responders will be at the Pet Valu on 100 Street washing dogs to benefit Bandaged Paws Animal Rescue. President Natasha Arsenault says it’s great to see support from all the service branches.

“The community support is obviously the biggest thing that keeps us running and having emergency responders be part of that is pretty amazing. We’re very lucky to be supported by the emergency responders as a whole and have some fun while they’re doing it.”

Battle of the Baths is part of Pet Valu’s Paw Month where events are held in store to raise money. Last year through events like the battle, $8,150 was donated to the rescue.

This time around the RCMP officers will kick things off on April 6th as they look to redeem themselves after last year’s loss to the Grande Prairie Fire Department. Arsenault believes the groups’ total amounts came within $100 of each other.

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“There was definitely a friendly competition between the fire department and the police department. The fire department did come out on top and the police department is looking at being the winners this year.”

For anyone interested in bringing their dog down, the event will run from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $10 per bath with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to Bandaged Paws. The RCMP will wash on April 6th followed by the fire department on the 13th and EMS on the 20th.

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