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Spash and paddle time for fido coming up

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Dogs will get a chance to cool off with a dip in the pool at the Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department’s annual Pooch Plunge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Haynes Pool.

The Pooch Plunge is a swim date exclusively for dogs on the last day before the pool will close for the season. All dogs must be current on vaccinations, accompanied by an adult and have a collar and leash to and from the pool. Dog owners and spectators may go ankle deep in the water but not swim.

The cost is $5 for the first dog, $8 for two dogs, $12 for three dogs and $16 for four or more dogs. Payment must be in cash and will be accepted on the day of the event at Haynes Pool, 2006 Grande Blvd.

There will also be an animal adoption event and donation drive for animal shelters coordinated by Pet Food Gone Wild. Recommended donations include pet food, cat litter, gently used blankets, towels, newspaper, paper towels and clean toys.

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