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Coosa River Dog Fest Comes to Wetumpka, Al

Adopted dog Youk paddles the Coosa with her owner, the Coosa Riverkeeper
Adopted dog Youk paddles the Coosa with her owner, the Coosa Riverkeeper
Alabama Siberian Husky Rescue and Coosa Riverkeeper

Coosa River Dog Fest Coming to Wetumpka

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Alabama Siberian Husky Rescue and Coosa Riverkeeper

Wetumpka, Alabama - Coosa River Dog Fest brings dog rescues, humane societies, trainers, groomers, and pet food vendors together for a day of fun promoting getting outdoors with your dog. The event, organized by Alabama Siberian Husky Rescue and Coosa Riverkeeper, takes place at Coosa Outdoor Center in Wetumpka, Alabama on the banks of the Coosa River from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, September 8th, 2012. Wetumpka is located 25 minutes north of Montgomery and an hour and half south of Birmingham.

The main goal of the event is to promote getting outside with your pet, and even better, hopping in the river and cooling off in the shallow water area at the festival. At least 7 rescues will be bringing their adoptable dogs to show off to festival goers. There will be a low-cost microchip clinic so participants can have their dog microchipped which will make it easier for them to be reconnected with their dog if they are ever separated. Obedience and agility training, including one-on-one consultation will be offered as well. Other nonprofits, food vendors, pet photographers, and more will round out the other activities. Limited vendor spots and sponsorships are still available.

Participants can also rent a canoe from Coosa Outdoor Center and go paddling with their dog on a majestic 6-mile stretch of the Coosa River. Staff will drop off renters with their boats upstream as paddlers make their way down to the Outdoor Center, where the festival will be taking place.

The event is free to the public, although some activities cost money and other items are available for sale. All dog breeds are welcome, but all dogs must be leashed, friendly, and picked up after. Participating rescues include Alabama Siberian Husky Rescue, Bama Bully Rescue, German Shepherd Rescue of Central Alabama, Prattville-Autauga Humane Society, Humane Society of Elmore County, Montgomery Humane Society, A Litter at a Time, and K9ResQ. These rescues will have their pets available for adoption.

Coosa Riverkeeper and Alabama Siberian Husky Rescue hope to make the Coosa River Dog Fest an annual event. The relationship between the two groups began when staff Riverkeeper Frank Chitwood adopted his husky Youk from the Clay-based rescue in February 2012. Youk’s fame has grown as the most notorious river dog on the Coosa, despite her initial fear of the water, and the two groups decided to throw an event that would give all dogs a chance to splash around in the river. Many owners will be surprised to learn their dog secretly wants to be a river dog too! Through that realization the groups hope festival goers will spend more time outdoors with their best buddies.


Alabama Siberian Husky Rescue is a non-profit dedicated to the rescue, treatment, and placement of Siberian Husky dogs. ASHR is a group of unpaid volunteers who rescue Siberian Huskies, vet them and foster them until they can find loving forever homes. WOO Y’all!

Coosa Riverkeeper is a citizen-based non-profit whose mission is to protect and restore the Coosa River and its tributaries in Alabama, by focusing on Clean Water Act compliance and enforcement. Coosa Riverkeeper is a member of Waterkeeper Alliance.


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