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Third annual Pints for Pets Pup Crawl hits Danville Saturday night

The popular Pints for Pets Pup Crawl returns Saturday, Nov. 19, with some new participating venues and a new T-shirt design for participants to sport. 

Four years ago, the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society launched its “For the Love of Dogs” campaign, fundraising for a new adoption center. The campaign was led by Executive Director Kathy Nelsen. Nelsen passed away this summer after a battle with cancer, but her spirit continues to lead the animal-saving campaign. 

The new board president, Fizzy Ramsey, is now in charge of organizing the Pup Crawl. 

“I stepped into board presidency at a delicate time, just before the passing of Kathy Nelsen, and in the midst of transitioning to our new adoption facility,” Ramsey says.  “It has taken an entire board and past presidents to keep up Kathy’s pace. She is irreplaceable.”

The Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center should be ready to house Humane Society dogs and puppies any day now as it gets its finishing touches. All proceeds from the event will be placed into the building fund and used to purchase equipment, supplies and furnishings for the new center, along with fencing needed to be installed around the kennel areas to ensure animals’ safety. 

“I can’t afford to have hundreds of dogs at home,” Ramsey says. “So I feel helping these critters is a better exercise for my love for pets.” 

Anyone interested in participating the Pup Crawl may purchase a T-shirt online or at the DBCHS offices, 778 North Danville Bypass, during regular business hours. 

The Pints for Pets T-shirts are considered the tickets for the event. Discounts will be given to those wearing the shirts at the following retailers: Beer Engine, Bluegrass Pizza & Pub, Brothers BBQ, Cue on Main, Frank’s Hotdog Emporium, The Hub, Jane Barleycorn’s Market & Bar, Nellie Burton’s Steakhouse & Sports Bar, Orange Leaf, Plank and Tut’s. Each venue will have an activity for participants, and drawings will be held all evening long for prizes given for participation. 

T-shirts previously ordered may be picked up 4:30-7:30 p.m. the night of the event at West T. Hill Community Theatre, 117 Larrimore Lane, around the corner from the Beer Engine. Extra T-shirts will be available for purchase at check-in until they are sold out. 

Those who cannot attend but would like to donate to the fund by ordering a T-shirt can reserve them and pick them up at DBCHS starting Nov. 21 through Dec. 2. 

T-shirts may also be mailed for an additional $5 for one shirt, or $10 for more than one to cover postage and handling. 

Because all sizes can’t be guaranteed to be available, event bracelets may be used once shirts run out. 

“We are here to better the lives of the animals in our care by providing a more modern facility, a well organized spay-neuter program and continued community education,” Ramsey says.