5K Race and Pet Parade to Benefit Griffin Pond

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter will host its inaugural Wag-O-Ween 5K and Pet Costume Parade Saturday, Oct. 16, at McDade Park, pavilion 1, at 1 Bald Mountain Rd., Scranton. Registration and check-in are from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and the race begins at 10.

At the event, runners are invited to wear their favorite Halloween costume or running gear as they dash through a 5K course designed by Scranton Running Company. The top male and female runners in each age category will receive a medal. 

The runners who compete in costume also will vie for the scariest, funniest, best superhero, and most unique costume prizes. All runners will receive a complimentary Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Wag-O-Ween 5K and Pet Costume Parade t-shirt. Registration is $35 and can be completed at www.runsignup.com/griffinpond.

Following the race at approximately 11:30 a.m., Griffin Pond will host a Halloween pet costume parade. Parade participants should check in at 11 a.m. at pavilion 1. During the event, pet owners will escort their pets as they contend for the funniest, cutest, most creative, and most unique costume prizes. Parade registration is $15. The shelter also has numerous sponsorship options available which are great advertising vehicles for businesses or a way to honor someone. To register for the parade or as a sponsor, please visit www.griffinpondanimalshelter.com.

All proceeds will benefit the shelter’s canine and feline enrichment program.

For more information, contact Jackie Galvin, M.S., development and communications director, at 570-586-3700, ext. 522 or jackie@griffinpondas.com.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter was established as the Humane Society of Lackawanna County in 1938 to provide shelter for homeless, unwanted, and abused animals. The shelter cares for more than 200 animals on a daily basis. As a non-profit organization, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter does not receive any assistance from government agencies or subsidies from other institutions. The shelter operates on donations from the community. For more information about Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, please visit www.griffinpondanimalshelter.com.

Phone Issues at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter

Recently, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter staff began to have difficulty placing phone calls. Some calls reached intended receivers and some could not be placed at all. Following a two-day wait for an assessment and solution to the problem, the phone system began working again—temporarily. 

The phone service quickly deteriorated from shoddy to not working at all. After a more thorough evaluation, engineers stated the shelter needs to not only buy new phones, but also replace all of the phone and computer wiring.

“We were hoping this update would not be necessary at this time since so many of our supporters are just starting to find their financial footing as life begins to become a bit more normal in regards to the pandemic,” explained Ashley L. Wolo, executive director of Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. “But, it’s something we need to do to operate the shelter efficiently. We hope that  businesses or community members can make donations to the shelter to support this urgent endeavor.”

In the meantime, shelter staff members have been voluntarily using their personal cell phones, as well as the shelter’s social media and email accounts, to keep the lines of communication open to the public.

 “We are so blessed to have such committed employees who truly put their hearts into their work and offered to use their own mobile devices to ensure all of our shelter pets continue to receive uninterrupted, continuous care. Once we get our phones working as well as our employees do, we’ll be set,” said Wolo.

Donations can be made online at www.griffinpondanimalshelter.com by clicking on the phone fund graphic. Donations also can be mailed to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411 ATTN: Phone Fund.

To contact the shelter regarding donations, email fundraising@griffinpondas.com; for adoptions, emailadoptions@griffinpondas.com; for cruelty cases, email Humane.Officer.GPAS@gmail.com. The public also may send a message to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Facebook page.

Griffin Pond “Fur Kids’ Mother’s Day Photoshoot” Fundraiser

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter invites the community to register for its first-ever “Fur Kids’ Mother’s Day Photoshoot.” At this event, patrons will receive a professional photo session with their “fur kids” and family at Danni P. Photography, Moosic.

Danni P. Photography will host sessions from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on April 21 and 22, at her new studio in the Quinn Business Center, 210 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic, centrally located between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre just off of I-81.

Sessions are $35 each with 55 percent of the fee being donated to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

An animal lover herself, Danni P. is hosting this event to help us honor the special connection between Moms and their fur kids and to raise money for shelter pets.

To register, visit www.dannipphotography.com/book-a-session/ and click on “Griffin Pond Mother’s Day (4/21 – 4/22 only)”.

For more information, please contact Jackie Galvin, development and communications director for Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, at 570-586-3700 ext. 522 or jackie@griffinpondas.com.