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‘Best in Howliday Show’ raises money, donations for two animal rescue groups

ISSUED: 15 December 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The “Best in Howliday Show” and dog parade that took place December 12 sponsored by Shepherd University and the Corporation of Shepherdstown raised $1,400 for Briggs Animal Adoption Center and the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County. Each organization received $700, plus a large box of donated items such as pet food, supplies, and toys.

Representatives from both organizations attended the event. Briggs representatives Megan Hessenberger and Hayley Miller staffed an information table and volunteered to assist at the voting table. The Animal Welfare Society brought five adoptable dogs and participated in the parade.

Paul Garrard of Shepherdstown, co-coordinator of the event, donated all the winning prizes and a goodie bag for each participant, and hired professional photographer Seth Freeman to document the event.

About 30 dogs competed in the show. Murphy the pug with owner Dr. Scott Beard won first place and a $100 Petco gift card; Henry the golden retriever and owners Erin and Ella Short of Sharpsburg, Maryland, won second place and a $50 Petco gift card; and Xadyn the German shepherd and owner Carrie Angel of Charles Town took third place and a $25 Petco gift card. Shepherdstown Mayor Jim Auxer and Shepherd President Mary J.C. Hendrix presented the awards.

To view photos from the event, visit

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