SOS Animal Shelter is helping to beat the heat this summer by holding monthly “Dirty Dog Days of Summer” dog washes from April to October.

According to SOS owner Bill Brooks, the summer dog washes are a long-standing tradition at SOS and give the shelter a chance to connect with its surrounding community.

“We’ve been doing the dog washes the second Saturday of every summer month for about 15 years,” said Brooks. “All people have to do is bring their dog or dogs -- and we have even washed a car before because a guy thought it was a car wash. Just bring the dogs up and we’ll wash them and towel dry them and trim their nails if they need it -- they’ll be spotless when we’re done.”

Brooks said the dog washes, which are held outside The Consignment Cat at its 1235 Rucker Boulevard location, are a great source of income for the no-kill shelter despite being donation only. He said that he, his wife Jo, and the rest of SOS’s volunteers and staff greatly appreciate the assistance they continue to receive in the Wiregrass community.

“We have never made less than $400, and we wash somewhere between 30 and 60 dogs each time, so we’re extremely grateful for the donations we receive,” Brooks said. “The dog washes are a big part of our operating budget; we take the money used for adoptions and use it to vet the animals, but that doesn’t get anywhere near covering operating cost. We’re so grateful for the fantastic support we get from the wonderful people and businesses of the Wiregrass -- they are the only way we can keep our doors open. I’ve been with the shelter about 20 years and the support has always been phenomenal.”

Those who wish to donate to the shelter in other ways are welcomed to do so, Brooks said. SOS is always in need of paper towels, dog food, bleach and laundry detergent; physical donations can be dropped off at the shelter during business hours.

For more information, contact SOS Animal Shelter at 334-393-1743.

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