The Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce Community Development Committee partnered with Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure for the second year in a row to celebrate the Dog Days of Summer.     
On July 19 and 20, dogs were welcome at the Tree Adventure, normally a no-pet facility.  
That weekend, the NCTC Community Development Committee and other vendors offered a dog wash, dog treat samples, and educated the public about a local rescue program.    
Stephanie Farmer with the Community Development Committee said it is a natural fit to partner with the Tree Adventure for the event.    
“This is a great location,” Farmer said.  “You can come out here and you get to experience it from a different angle with your beloved four-legged friends.”
The Doggie Wash was manned by members of the Community Development Committee.  The free will donation event promotes the Cutest Doggie Contest and raises funds for NCTC’s annual scholarship.  
 “Every guest who brought a dog to the Doggie Wash received a $5 voucher that they can use in the Cutest Doggie Contest,” said Farmer.  The1contest runs from July 25-August 6, with voting stations set up at each Nebraska City bank.  Twelve dogs are featured; the public votes with money and the dog who raises the most money wins the title.  
The winner of the Cutest Doggie Contest will be announced at 5 p.m. at the August 7 Farmer’s Market in downtown Nebraska City.    
In addition to the Doggie Wash, other vendors supplied treats and information to visitors to the Tree Adventure during that weekend.    
Ali Silvius of Ali’s Critter Cakes & Treats offered a selection of her homemade dog treats. 
Wendy Schroeder with Happy Paws CAAN (Companion Animal Advocacy Network), brought rescue pets to remind the public about the importance of supporting a local rescue program.    
Happy Paws, which was founded in Plattsmouth in 2009, recently expanded to Nebraska City.  It is a state-licensed rescue shelter with a twist.   
“This is all run through volunteer foster homes,” said Schroeder.  “Most people assume Nebraska City has an animal control facility or a Humane Society, when in fact it does not.”    
Schroeder said the lack of a facility does present its problems as the group often gets calls daily from Arbor Valley Animal Clinic about unclaimed strays.    
“After three days, the pets are euthanized,” Schroeder said.  “We are always in need of foster homes to care for these pets while we match them with a home.”
Happy Paws CAAN was pleased to have the opportunity to visit with members of the public at the Tree Adventure, noting one of their missions is community outreach.
Susan Freshman, manager at the Tree Adventure, said she is happy to open the facility to dogs one weekend out of the year.
“This is a great opportunity to involve different aspects of the community,” Freshman said.  “With the scholarship fund and the rescue program, it’s a worthy cause.”