SPCA to hold post Labor Day dog swims and Pet Expo

Those experiencing the post-summer blues will have two opportunities to enjoy the city’s Splash Cove Pool at Memorial Park before it closes for the season as the Lycoming County SPCA, City of Williamsport and Media Sponsor iHeartMEDIA present Maggie’s Dog Swim on Thursday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 9. Also on Saturday the SPCA will hold its 12th Annual Pet Expo from noon to 4 p.m. in the park next to the pool.

The pool preview night on Thursday is a great opportunity to introduce dogs to the park and pool. The handicapped accessible pool features railings and a ramp for walking dogs into the pool for the first time. A donation is requested for to attend on Sept.7 and discounts are available for those who wish to attend both days. In addition to Maggie’s Dog Swim on Saturday, a variety of dog water sports will be explained and demonstrated throughout the day. Following each demonstration, dogs will have an opportunity to try activities from dock diving and kayaking to stand up paddle boarding. Water safety information will be shared with guests, and a water retrieval toy will be given to the first 100 dogs in honor of Maggie.

The SPCA’s Pet Expo is being held simultaneous to Maggie’s Dog Swim on Saturday in an area adjoining the pool complex at Memorial Park. The expo is free and brings together animal enthusiasts, rescues and vendors with the community to celebrate our shared love of animals. Staples of the event that are returning include pony rides, therapy animals from Young’s Funny Farm, children’s games and a bounce house, “Just for Fun – Pet Olympics,” a Chinese auction and free ice cream for dogs from Brusters Ice Cream. The expo also will feature demonstrations by Sit Happens and the South Williamsport Police K9 Dany, “the dog rocket.” New demonstrations will be offered by PetSmart trainers and an unlikely scent detection demonstration by Clinton County K9 Search and Rescue Team, Kristen Hunter-Siple and Tank.

There will be food truck vendors at the Pet Expo.

For more information about animal water safety, the Pet Expo or Maggie’s Dog Swim, visit or call 570-322-4646.

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