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Family-friendly event benefits therapy dogs for at-risk & abused children

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Take the whole family, dogs included, to the 5th annual Love Your Dog Social on Saturday February 8th at Main Gate Square. 

Main Gate Square is on University Boulevard between Park and Euclid Avenues, just west of the University of Arizona.

The event will benefit Gabriel's Angels, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to "deliver healing pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children. Our short term goal is to instill in children an overall emotional sense of well-being, safety and happiness. Long term aspiration is to help children learn core social skills that will prevent them from continuing the cycle of violence as adults."

From 1 PM to 4 PM, Gabriel's Angels volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about how your dog can become a therapy dog.  

Families can also enter their dogs into contests, get them massages, microchip checks and nail trimmings. 

Contest registration begins at 1 PM and will continue through 3:30 PM. 

Dogs will compete for Best Kisser, Best Trick, Best Smile, Best Dress and other categories.

Children can partner with their dog for the title of Best Junior Handler.

Hands-on activities include dog toy making, face painting, making puppets, plus a "Junior Command Center" where a professional dog trainer will be on hand to give out advice. 

Tucson News Now Meteorologist Erin Jordan will host the event.

Free parking will be available in the Tyndall Avenue Parking Garage.

The event is free to attend. 

There is a $10 fee for dog and people massages, as well as for contest registration. 


 

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