CARMEL, N.Y. -- Gwen Mead first became involved with the Putnam Humane Society years ago when she found a dog on Route 6 and was told to bring it there.
It was that experience that led Mead, a Manhattan resident with relatives in the area, to volunteer with the society.
“I got hooked,” she said.
Mead was one of several dog owners who came to the annual dog wash at the shelter, 68 Old Route 6, Carmel. Two of her dogs, George and Martha, were among those who were bathed.
The dog wash serves as a fundraiser for the Putnam Humane Society, according to Michele Dugan, who is president of its board of directors, who mentioned other available services for dogs, including clipping nails and microchipping.
Several dog items were available, including leashes and a variety of foods from Fi-Dough.
Dogs were washed with soap and water, with several people participating. The dogs were then dried off and some were outfitted with bandannas.
Dugan also noted the presence of volunteers at the place.
“We get a lot of support from the community and we couldn't do what we do without them."
Asked how turnout was, Dugan called it "great," mentioning people who came for the dog wash and people dropping off donations.
“It's a great day,” said Cindi Cronk, a Pawling resident who has volunteered at the shelter for several years.
Somers residents Linda and Frank Dalton brought their dog, Bentley, to get washed the day before his 10th birthday.
Linda Dalton recalled seeing an ad for the event and said she thought it would be a great fundraiser. The birthday timing was also a factor in attending.
The shelter offers dogs and cats for adoption. There are about 42 dogs on site and roughly 142 cats, according to Amour DuPlessis, the shelter's kennel manager.
Visit the Putnam Humane Society's website website for more information.