EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin (WEAU) – The 2021 Summer Olympics are taking place in Tokyo this year, but four animal shelters are hosting their own Olympic event here in the Chippewa Valley.
Bob’s House for Dogs, the Chippewa County Humane Association, the Eau Claire County Humane Association, and the Dunn County Human Society jointly hosted the first As Good As Gold Olympic event.
The idea came from BHFD board member Christena O’Brien.
“I watched my cat walk from the floor to the top of his scratching post and that’s how she planted the seed,” said O’Brien.
The event takes place virtually on the BHFD Facebook page. It will take place at the same time as the Tokyo Olympics from July 23 to August 8. During the two-week run, the four animal and rescue shelters present their “athletes”.
“Bob’s house will get up first, so it’s Saturday,” O’Brien said. “Sunday is Chippewa County, then Dunn County, and then Eau Claire County.”
The layout consists of videos and pictures of the participants that are posted over the weeks and highlight different animals from the four different animal shelters. With this event, too, the animal shelters hope to give the pets a chance to find a home forever. “
“It’s always nice to be able to get some of these out,” said BHFD co-founder Travis Quella. “It’s a good example of that, hey, this is what some of the dogs would look like if you made an appointment and came out.”
O’Brien doesn’t want to ruin the surprise of what the animals will do, but she said trampolines and skateboards might be involved.
“We might not have Simone Biles in our mix, but some of the things these animals can do are amazing.”
Quella is excited to see what the animals can do.
“It’ll be cute and it’ll be neat,” said Quella. “A lot of work has been invested and that is what it takes to get a good event off the ground. Not just Christian, but all of our staff, the board of directors and the volunteers work very well together and I know it will be great. “
Pet owners can also put their skills to the test. You can submit videos and / or pictures of your pats doing something that you think is great.
“We wanted to give our fans a chance to show off the animals they adopted,” said O’Brien. “There are a lot of people who like to share their stories and hopefully some videos.”
Donations will be accepted throughout the event and all proceeds will be shared between all four animal shelters.
If you tune in for the virtually golden Olympics and see a pet that you want to meet or adopt, you can head over to their respective shelter website. All animals are winners and all receive gold medals.
For the event website and updates, Click here.
For information on Bob’s house for dogs, Click here. For information on the Humane Association of Eau Claire County, Click here. For information on the Dunn County Humane Society, Click here. For information on the Chippewa County Humane Association, Click here.
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