Local businesses are teaming up to make a difference in the community of local animals.

On Saturday, June 12, retailers will host the first Second Saturday event Dogs Days of Summer which will support the Stone County SPCA with events and special sales.

Participating retailers include Crate and Pallet, Southbound Overstock, The Retreat, Southern Pearls, The Coffee Shop at Southern Turnings, Jack's Plant & Patio, and White House Gifts.

Heather Obomsawin, the owner of the Retreat, saw an opportunity to help the shelter and took it.

Obomsawin plans to sell raffle ticket squares for $10 each and hopes to raise $400 for the SPCA. The winner will win a spa day at The Retreat and a “pooch spa day” donated by Diva Dogs.

“I was invited to join a group of other business owners for a collaboration meeting and we wanted to all do an event together. So we sat and brainstormed for a bit and it was decided that this would be our first event together,” Obomsawin said.

Obomsawin also owns Crate and Pallet and Southbound Overstock with her husband, Jarred Obomsawin.

“We have a different plan and giveaway for each business and we have an amazing team that will help execute the plan at each place,” Obomsawin said.

At Crate & Pallet, Obomsawin plans on doing something similar but with the option of $5 and $10 squares. The $5 squares are for a chance to win a bundle of dog supplies for a small dog worth $200. The $10 squares are for a chance to win a bundle of dog supplies for a large dog worth $280.

Obomsawin hopes that both the Retreat and Crate & Pallet will bring in $1,000 for the SPCA.

At Southbound Overstock, Obomsawin plans on selling smaller dog crates for $10 and larger ones for $20. All pet-related sales will donate 20% to the SPCA.

The SPCA looks to the community for donations to get great care for the animals. It's great to see the community coming together to make this happen, to see businesses supporting other businesses. Hopefully, this event can be yearly and convince people to go out and adopt, says Mace.

Brianna Bond, manager at White House Gifts, is excited to see the community coming together to supply the shelter.

“We've done several events like this before with many of the same businesses,” Bond said. “We're hoping to get people shopping, a new crowd of people to come out and shop, and just to get our name out there more.”

Bond said the White House Gifts will give dog leashes and a percentage of what the store makes on Saturday will be given to the SPCA. A special sale is yet to be determined, but Bond said they plan on it.

“Whether it's by raising money or providing meals it's good for businesses to be involved because we care about our community. During hard times, growing small businesses is important,” Bond said. “We're more than a community, we're a family.”

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