Watching locals catch waves in Jupiter is certainly entertaining, but admiring dozens of dogs take to the water like surf pros is pawsitively awesome.
More than 2,500 people came out to Carlin Park for the second annual Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic fundraiser on Aug. 27. The day included several competition heats, an awards ceremony, vendors, live music and more.
With all eyes on the tropics in the days leading up to the event, Furry Friends Program Director Karen Counts said she was happy there was only a quick passing rain shower. And a little sprinkle wasn’t about to ruin the fun—or shift the focus away from what the no-kill shelter hoped to accomplish.
“It’s all about dogs on surf boards and the amazed faces watching them,” she said. “And of course, it’s the widespread exposure of our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing the many homeless animals in our community.”
In fact, a few pups found forever homes as a result of the fundraiser.
One resident surfer dog, a Jack Russell named Good Boy, was chosen for adoption at the event and slated to be picked up this week. Another pup named Kate found a home when a family who had met her at the shelter a few days prior approached Counts at the event on Saturday to say they were committed to bringing her home.
“They picked her up the next day!” Counts said. “She came to us very scared and with eight puppies who all got adopted. Her adoption thrilled our hearts.”
With the 2016 event dog-eared as a success in Furry Friends’ book, the organization is excited to welcome even more residents to next year’s Hang 20, scheduled for Aug. 26, 2017.
And without further ado, here are photos from the second annual Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic.