- Published on Monday, 14 March 2016 11:16
- Written by Breanna Bright
Easter egg hunts aren’t just for children anymore. This year Busch Pet Products and the SEMO Food Bank are teaming up to host Peeps for Paws: an egg hunt just for dogs!
Everyone is invited to bring their puppy dogs to Dog Town for the egg hunt. Dogs can use their keen noses to track down eggs, which will be filled with treats and coupons. Stacy Busch-Heisserer, owner and manager of Busch Pet Products, is the organizer of this event, and it’s all for a good cause. The event is part of a partnership with the SEMO food bank who noticed that, while they were providing a service getting food to people, pets were another story.
“They have no access to pet food, and they saw that families in need were feeding people-food to their pets, which can cause health issues,” Stacy said, “We’ve teamed up to provide an avenue for pet food.”
The $5 admission to the Peeps for Paws event goes to the SEMO Food Bank to buy pet food for those in need. Participants can also donate four to five nonperishable human-food items. Stacy says that only monetary donations for pet food can be accepted, “We don’t accept outside donations because we want to control what type of food goes out to these folks . . . We accept monetary donations which all goes to pet food, which SEMO Food Bank distributes at their mobile events. It all goes to the food bank, we don’t get any profit from this.”
The donation will go far in terms of fun. Eggs will be scattered all over Dog Town, and every egg will have a treat or coupon, which can be redeemed on site at the Easter egg hunt. There will be a set amount of time to collect eggs, once the time is up patrons and their dogs can go to the prize booth to collect the reward for their coupons. As an extra incentive there will be two surprise grand prizes hidden on the field. Stacy adds that humans are in charge of picking up the eggs, “Dogs don’t have to pick up the eggs themselves,” Stacy joked, “One person asked - I said that would be a talented dog! But you don’t have to go that far, we’ll give everyone a bag to carry around.”
Stacy hopes to have a photobooth set up as well so that patrons can commemorate the occasion. In the future she hopes to continue growing the egg hunt, and eventually add a costume contest.
“I hope it’ll promote awareness for Howies Harvest and the food bank. You know people in need want to be able to keep their animals, and this is a way to do it. We have helped other pet-related causes, but this was a way for families on a limited or strict income to be able to keep their pets, so in turn it’ll mean fewer pets in the shelters.”
Aside from the charitable aspect of Peeps for Paws Stacy says it’ll be a fun activity for both people and their fur-babies, “I believe pets are becoming a more intricate part of the family . . . To be able to go out and do things with your animals is enriching for both humans and pets. Animals help us in a lot of ways and it’s our job to help them.”
Peeps for Paws takes place March 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Dog Town in Kiwanis Park, Cape Girardeau. If it rains the egg hunt will be held on April 2 at the same time. Dogs must be on non-retractable leashes, and be vaccinated to participate. Learn more on the Facebook event page.