PATERSON, NJ – The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in conjunction with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the third annual “Paws in the Park” on Saturday, October 6th from 10am-4pm at Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne, with a rain date of Sunday, October 7th.

The “Paws in the Park” event will focus on local pet rescues and shelters, and the proceeds from the event will benefit the Passaic County Sheriff’s K-9 Division and Mounted Patrol Unit. Last year, Paws in the Park successfully raised enough funds to equip every K-9 with a bullet proof vest. The goal for the third annual Paws in the Park is to purchase an additional horse for the Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol, along with other necessities for the Sheriff’s K-9 unit.

Paws in the Park will provide resources and entertainment for current pet owners as well. This will include demonstrations from the Passaic County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, a blessing of the animals by Father Mark of St. John the Baptist Church, pet contests, raffles, and vendors ranging from face painters to animal psychics.

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Discounted micro-chipping will be available, and will be administered by Dr. Gordon of Oakland Animal Hospital. The micro-chips will be supplied by the company “Home Again” and the registration fee for the first year will be waived. The micro-chips will function normally without the $20 annual registration fee, but the registration entitles the owner to free poison control services and up to $5000 in pet insurance for the year.

We are excited to kick-off our third annual Paws in the Park. Last year’s event was a monumental success, and we are excited to offer a bigger and better event this year,” said Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara. “Every year, Paws in the Park re-affirms the county’s commitment to advocate for homeless pets who do not have a voice.”

Paws in the Park is being sponsored by several local organizations. This year the event is being sponsored by Schumacher Chevrolet, TD Bank, The Happy Hound K9 Club, Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Hodes Veterinarian Group, United Federated Systems, Railroad Construction Co, Inc., Columbia Bank Foundation, Aton Computing, Shotmeyer Bros. Fuel, Millennium Strategies, UFCW Local 464A, and LAN Associates.

"I want to thank the Passaic County Freeholders for sponsoring the Paws in the Park program,” said Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik. "The Sheriff's Office K-9 Division and Mounted Patrol will use the funds raised from the program to help with expenses that help support the important functions of the unit."

As an extension of this event, the Freeholders are offering Memorial Bricks for civilians to purchase which will also benefit the Sheriff’s K-9 Division. The bricks will be placed around the current K-9 Memorial at Lambert’s Castle and will grow the Memorial Pet Garden. The bricks will allow people to honor their personal pet, or businesses can sponsor a brick as a donation. Information on Memorial Bricks, as well as a full schedule of events, can be found at www.passaiccountynj.org/PawsinthePark.