Wednesday, April 16, 2014
On Saturday, April 19, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is hosting “Paws at the Point” with Charleston Animal Society from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patriots Point has partnered with Charleston Animal Society in helping Scrappy, Patriots Point's historic mascot, in welcoming canines and their families to Paws at the Point. There, guests will have an opportunity to meet the Animal Society's adoptable dogs, learn about various service dog organizations, greet local canine businesses, and tour the USS Yorktown.
Patriots Point is partnering with Charleston Animal Society to help raise awareness for their efforts in caring for more than 90 percent of the community's homeless animals. As the largest animal rescue organization in the Lowcountry and South Carolina's oldest animal rescue organization, it was a natural partnership to host this inaugural event.
It was Mac Burdette, executive director of Patriots Point, and Joe Elmore, CEO of Charleston Animal Society, who wanted to create an opportunity to open Patriots Point to man's best friends for a unique weekend event. “We are very excited to partner with Charleston Animal Society and welcome families with their dogs on site,” said Burdette. “It is a great opportunity to help raise awareness for the society's efforts and to enjoy Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in a unique way. We are all about partnering with Charleston-area nonprofits as part of our community outreach program.”
Families who bring their dogs to the event will earn free admission tickets for one adult and one child from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. that day. Charleston Animal Society will bring dogs for adoption, and families choosing to adopt that day will be rewarded with a free family pass to Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum for a year, along with a special discounted adoption fee.
Proceeds and donations will benefit Charleston Animal Society's “Toby's Fund,” which contributes to the medical needs of their ill, injures and abused animals. “At Charleston Animal Society, we work very hard every day to save animals in our community in the most urgent need of medical attention, and must constantly raise the funds needed to save them,” said Joe Elmore, CEO of the Charleston Animal Society. “Donations to Toby's Fund enable us to continue saving animals who enter our doors ‘broken' and leave happy, healthy and whole.”
Additionally, Paws at the Point will showcase local canine-orientated vendors, as well as demonstrations from service, therapy and police dogs. The public can see demonstrations from the Town of Mount Pleasant's K-9 Police Unit, Joint Base Charleston's 628 Security Forces Squadron Working Dog Section and Charleston County Sheriff's Office's K-9 Unit.
Animal Assisted Services will also demonstrate how they train their pups as service dogs. The Citadel Bulldogs mascots will also be in attendance to greet visitors. Other event partners include Daniel Island Animal Hospital, Palmetto Pups Pet Bakery and Charleston Dog Wizard training.
Sticky Fingers will also be on site for lunch.
To keep all two-legged and four-legged visitors safe during this event, all dogs must be on short leashes. No retractable leashes will be permitted. Every dog must be taken to the flight deck via the elevator on board the Yorktown, unless the dog is small enough to carry up the ladders with one hand free at all times. Owners are strongly encouraged to consider their pet's behavior around numerous other dogs of all sizes and personalities before bringing their dog to the event.
Scrappy, Patriots Point's favorite canine, will be on site to take photos with families and their favorite dogs, and for media appearances. Scrappy, Patriots Point's historic World War II mascot, is based on a real dog that lived aboard the USS Yorktown for a year during WWII in the South Pacific. Scrappy was seen roaming the docks of Pearl Harbor alone when the ship pulled in to port in 1943. Yorktown sailors spotted the dog and smuggled him aboard the ship in a trash can, knowing that the ship's captain, Jocko Clark, would not approve of having an animal aboard. But the crew enjoyed him, and he became the Yorktown crew's mascot. With Scrappy aboard, the tensions of warfare were eased.