For Friends of Fitchburg Dogs, Cash is King
FITCHBURG -- To his owners and the City Clerk’s office, Cash the dog is number one.
The canine received the first dog license of the year through a fundraiser by the Friends of Fitchburg Dogs, the nonprofit organization that works with the city to maintain the dog park at Coolidge Park that opened in August.
″(The title) is kind of an honor,” said Rob Talbot, one of Cash’s owners. “It’s a prestige thing and we wanted to help the dog park out.”
He takes Cash to the park at least once a week. The space is just under an acre and has fenced areas for small and large dogs.
At the beginning of the month, Talbot went to the Friends of Fitchburg Dogs fundraiser at River Styx Brewing where the auction prize was the right to register for the city’s first dog license of the year.
“Anything you do with dogs is a winner,” said Sam Squailia, president of the group. “It’s all super fun.”
The event raised about $4,000, she said, and Friends of Fitchburg Dogs will write a check to the city so the money can go into a fund that pays for park maintenance.
On Friday, Talbot and Sam Nieves, Cash’s other owner, brought the dog to the clerk’s office to get the license.
This is the third year the Friends of Fitchburg dogs has held the fundraiser. The other dogs that received the first licenses of the year were Zelda Ferreira in 2017 and Bartley Walsh in 2018, Squailia said.
The group is also planning a dog festival in August and a Halloween costume festival that will take place at the park, she said.
About a dozen members organize events for Friends of Fitchburg Dogs, Squailia said, and there are 160 members of the organization.
The city’s dog park has been a draw by people and their pets from all over the region, said Squailia, with visitors from the North Central Massachusetts region, and southern New Hampshire.
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