Drool in the Pool event shatters records for Heritage Humane

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Two dogs greet each other alongside the pool at Chickahominy Riverfront Park during Drool in the Pool 2016. (Courtesy Rachel Brown/Heritage Humane)
Two dogs greet each other poolside at Chickahominy Riverfront Park during Drool in the Pool 2016. (Courtesy Rachel Brown/Heritage Humane)

How many dogs does it take to fill a pool? This month Heritage Humane Society came close to finding out.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, 131 dogs and more than 250 humans descended on Chickahominy Riverfront Park for Drool in the Pool 2016, a five-hour event organized by Heritage Humane Society and James City County to raise funds for the animal rescue charity.

According to a press release from Heritage Humane, this year’s attendance of 131 dogs shatters the previous attendance record for the event, which was 70 dogs.

“We at Heritage Humane Society are blown away by the community’s support for Drool in the Pool,” Heritage Humane Society Executive Director Kimberly Laska said in the release. “Drool in the Pool brings dog lovers in the community together for an affordable day of fun, which is hard to find these days.”

With the support of Heritage Humane Society Auxiliary members, WMBG radio personality Philip Newbery, and volunteers, Heritage Humane Society raised more than $2,000 from this year’s event, the release stated.

“It was an awesome sight to see all those dogs and their owners enjoying themselves at the pool,” Laska said. “We hope to build on the success of this year’s event and make next year even better.”

For more images from the event visit the Heritage Humane Society Facebook page.