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Paws Up For Del Ray’s First Dog Fest!

The Peele Group’s Hope Peele, Kim Peele, and Nancy Smith and Del Ray Dog Fest Chair Jenna Gotch present a check to Project Second Chance founder Tara Zurawski. Photo by Lucelle O’Flaherty

Alexandria, VA – The inaugural Del Ray Dog Fest raised $11,000 for Project Second Chance. This local nonprofit rescues, rehabilitates, and finds forever homes for homeless and abandoned animals in Puerto Rico and other disaster-hit areas. The event, led by Passionately Pets’ Jenna Gotch and Lapsing Luddite’s Eva Hartman, featured obstacle courses, distracted dog races, a dog fashion show, pet portraits, and other fun activities for the dogs of Del Ray and their humans.

Coco poses for a pet portrait at the Del Ray Dog Fest. Photo courtesy of DRBA.
An entry into the Del Ray Dog Fest fashion show. Photo courtesy of DRBA.
Del Ray Dog Fest founder Jenna Gotch of Passionately Pets at the inaugural festival.
holistic Hound founder Sandy Modell organized a dog obstacle course at the Del Ray Dog Fest. Photo courtesy of DRBA.
Treat decorating at the Del Ray Dog Fest. Photo courtesy of DRBA.

“I am so over the moon that the community enjoyed the event so much and that they, together with our sponsors and vendors, helped us raise such a significant sum for an organization that will do so much good with it,” said Gotch. Project Second Chance founder Tara Zurawski said the funds raised were especially needed. “This has been a challenging time – we have been operating dog adoption to dog adoption and low on funds. This totally changes the game for us,” she said.

The Del Ray Business Association hosted the event with the support of presenting sponsor, The Peele Group.

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