• Dog Days of Summer Festival: A Volunteer Opportunity for Local Dog Lovers

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    It’s no surprise that Hudson County loves its dogs. This month, Liberty Harbor is giving the community an opportunity to celebrate fur babies while considering bringing a new one home with the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Festival, and the Hoboken Girl Helps team will be there to lend a hand throughout the day. We’d love for you to join us — see below for more about the event + the animal rescues, See Spot Rescued and NYC Second Chance Rescue, as well as how to join the Hoboken Girl Helps in our volunteering initiative this Saturday. Read to learn all about the Dog Days of Summer volunteer opportunity at Liberty Harbor. 

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    About the Event 

    On Saturday, June 29th from 12:00PM-4:00PM, Liberty Harbor {30 Regent Street, Jersey City} will be hosting its 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Festival. Come by for an afternoon filled with dog-centric games, activities, vendors, exhibits, and more. Owners and furry friends alike can participate in activities like “Paw-casso,” where the dog’s paws will be covered in non-toxic, animal safe paint and given the opportunity to get the creative juices flowing by creating a paw-some painting. There will also be activities for the more physically active dogs. Bobbing for tennis balls or the Dog Dig are two not-to-miss opportunities for dogs to get their daily dose of exercise.

    DogLoversDay will also be on-site with its unforgettable Dog Lure Course, which has served as a fun activity for over 15,000 dogs over the past five years. Zeppelin Biergarten will be on-site to keep human bellies full all day as well.

    See More: Where to Get Your Puppy Trained in Hudson County + Beyond

    About the Rescues

    Both See Spot Rescued and Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs will be at the event with adoptable dogs. Both organizations have similar missions — to ensure that homeless dogs are given the best resources and care while aiming to place all animals in loving and safe environments. The local non-profits work around the clock to save animals from kill-shelters. To date, the organizations have placed hundreds of dogs with families in the area providing years of memories and happiness. There are various ways to get involved with both organizations. Whether through adoption, donation, sponsorship or volunteering, a difference can be made for the animals.  

    Doggie Photo Booths

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    {Photo credit: Alessandra Sawick}

    Throughout the day, a Doggie Photo Booth will be open with photos being taken by Alessandra Sawick Photography — a professional pet photographer who aims to capture the true nature of pets. Donations are suggested at the photo booth and all proceeds will benefit See Spot Rescued.  

    Read More: How to Register Your Dog for Therapy Certification Training in Hudson County

    How to Attend and/or Volunteer

    The event is free and open to the public, so stop by anytime — but if you’re interested in volunteering for part of the day or the whole day, see below for more information: 

    Hoboken Girl Helps will be at the event all day to assist with activities and we need your help. Volunteers are needed in various capacities throughout the day to lend a hand with the managing Paw-casso paintings, manning the information/registration table, setting up and breaking down the lure course, and more. 

    All volunteers will receive a voucher for a burger or sandwich from Zeppelin Hall {plus puppy pets, all day long}. Volunteer shifts will begin at 10:30AM and the length per shift will be dependent upon each activity.

    Interested? Email hobokengirlhelps@gmail.com to learn more and sign up for a shift. Either way, we’ll see you there!

    Have you participated in the Dog Days of Summer Festival before? Let us know in the comments! 


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    Jordan and Joelle are true Jersey Girls. Originally hailing from down the shore in Hazlet, NJ, the girls made their "rite of passage" move to Hoboken a few short years after graduating with degrees in Communications from Loyola University. Outside of their 9-5 as senior publishers in NYC, the twins can be found walking their yorkie-poo Chica, working out at the best hot yoga studios, or trying out the best restaurants in town. Like many 20-somethings, Jordan and Joelle are balling on a budget and know how to score the best deals around town!


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