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Pooch Plunge provides fun for dogs while raising funds for shelter animals

Pooch Plunge provides fun for dogs while raising funds for shelter animals

STUART, Fla. — It’s one of the best days for dogs that love the water! That’s because they get to run, jump, swim and splash about in the water at the 7th Annual Santa Paws Holiday Pooch Plunge from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke St., Stuart. Plus they get to help raise money for their fellow furry friends. All proceeds benefit the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

Dogs of all sizes and breeds are invited to participate in an open swim at the waterpark before the facility closes for the winter. However, due to proper social distancing guidelines, attendance will be limited, and participation will be restricted to three 45-minute timed swim sessions beginning at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Guests also are invited to bring a toy or treat for the House of Hope’s four-legged friends. In addition to the swim, there will be selfies with Santa, holiday music, a 50/50 raffle, ‘to go’ orders from food trucks, and more.

Admission for this splash fest is $10 per dog. Online pre-registration is required by going to Proof of a rabies vaccination also is required; a county license will suffice. Other rules: dogs must be leashed outside of the swimming area; no retractable leashes; and owners must clean up after their dogs. In addition, please leave dogs under three months, dogs in heat, and aggressive and overly timid dogs at home.
“This is an event we can count on every year to bring smiles to everyone’s faces as they watch the dogs having a great time,” said HSTC Director of Community Outreach Courtney Zanetti.

Wagnolia’s is one of the event sponsors and the Humane Society is seeking additional community support. For more information, call Courtney Zanetti at 772-600-3211 or email her at

About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) is a no-kill animal welfare organization located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, FL. Since 1955, it has been the leading advocate for animal protection and well-being in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the HSTC is independent and locally operated and relies on donations to support its programs and services. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at and Twitter at For more information, visit or call (772) 223-8822.

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