Local dog owner Yvette Morales is barely on Facebook, but on Thursday she logged into the app and the first post she saw was about a dog washing and trimming event.
Morales felt uncomfortable cutting the nails of his recently gifted dog, Mochi. However, the 10-month-old Pomeranian was one of many pets who attended the event because Morales couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
“[I thought]we’ll see other dogs and she’ll have her nails trimmed,” Morales said.
On Saturday, October 1, the Pre-Vet Club hosted the Dog Grooming Event outside of the Fresno State Dairy Unit. According to club president Angelina Colunga, organizers wanted the event to help the community with low-cost canine services while providing club members with hands-on experience.
To prepare for the dog wash, Colunga said the volunteers, who were mostly freshmen and pre-vet club members, received training on how to properly care for a dog. practicing the services provided at Saturday’s event on her friend’s dog.
Rosemary Cortes, the club’s public relations manager, said the event helped hone his decision-making skills.
“If a dog is afraid of water or is not close to its owner and is having this separation anxiety, we can make these quick decisions. [on how to respond]”, said Cortes.
Dog owners brought their four-legged friends to the check-in tent and received a color-coded ticket based on the services desired: dog wash for $10, nail trimming for $5, and both services for 15 $.
Dog owners and their pets waited in two separate lines depending on the services desired before being escorted to the dog wash area by a volunteer. Food and refreshments, including hot dogs, burgers, soda and water, were available for customers to purchase while waiting in a shaded grass area.
“It was quite easy. They brought water and there is shade and the wait is not too long,” Morales said.
Volunteers guided the dogs to a canopy tent where a team of two or three others assembled the wash. While the volunteers soaked the dogs in water, the others scrubbed their paws and fur with soap. Then the dogs were sent to a folding table to be dried with a towel.
Dogs that had their nails trimmed were gently grabbed by the waist by a volunteer while another held their paws and trimmed their nails.
Organizations such as the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) were also on hand at the event to provide guests with information on services such as dog training and low-cost vaccines for pet owners. animals of Fresno County.
“We just want to reach out to the community and let them know about us and our services,” said Fresno State alumnus and SPCA human educator Samantha Perez.
Most of the proceeds from the event will go to fund the club’s biggest event of the year, Dinner with Doctors, according to Colunga.
“We have a dinner with doctors towards the end of the year, [where] we recruit many different vets with similar practices and then usually bring them together with us,” Colunga said.
Ahead of the event, Cortes said she was busy responding to guests via social media, but was still shocked by the turnout for Saturday’s event.
“I didn’t think there would be this many people, but we’re so grateful that everyone was able to come out and support the Pre-Vet Club here at Fresno State,” Cortes said.
Students interested in the Pre-Vet Club or future events can visit his social media account on Instagram with the @FresnoState_PreVetClub handle.