FORT SMITH (KFSM) - Temperatures continue to rise as we get further into the month of June. However, on Thursday (June 9) there's an opportunity to cool off and help a local non-profit at the same time. Dogs at the Sebastian County Humane Society are always in need of help.
The "Paws in the Pool" fundraiser is coming at a good time for the Sebastian County Humane Society as they're temporarily freezing adoptions due to a couple of cases of canine distemper. The disease was discovered within the Sebastian County Humane Society.
Canine distemper is contagious and there is no cure. Vets said it spreads through air or direct contact with other animals. Because of this, the humane society said all adoptions will stop for two weeks.
Right now, they need more money and food donations more than ever. Since adoptions are at a hault and no dogs are able to leave the building. "Food donations are always important and that's something essential," said Amber Neal with the Sebastian County Humane Society. "Right now we are actually running low on our food supplies so we can definitely use as much food donations as we can."
Tickets for the event are $5 or you can make a pet donation in exchange for a ticket to the waterpark. All the money raised during the event will go right back to the humane society and will be used in several ways such as, general operations, medication, purchasing supplies for the animals, and food.
Even though your four-legged friends are not allowed to actually swim in the water or be in the park, there's plenty of other fun activities for them to do outside in the parking lot. Organizers said they will have food stands and a photo booth.
The event starts at 7:30 p.m. from 9:30 p.m. at Parrot Island Water Park. Tickets can be purchased at the Sebastian County Humane Society or at the water park.