Barketing in the Quad to aide Putnam County Animal Shelter

The Tennessee Tech Marketing club and the Cookeville/Putnam Animal shelter are hosting “Barketing in the Quad” for the second year in a row. The event will take place Thursday, April 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the main quad.

In an effort to raise money and awareness for shelter pets the TTU Marketing Club is collaborating with the Cookeville/Putnam County Animal Shelter for a fun filled day with shelter dogs so students can unwind and de-stress before finals.

The event will have volunteers from many different clubs and from students who volunteer at the shelter.

“Volunteering at the Cookeville/Putnam County Animal Shelter has been a really great experience. It's so nice to be able to help all of the animals find loving new homes. The shelter staff are all wonderful, caring people and it's evident that they love doing what they do. Our animals are very well cared for—they have food, water, and veterinary care—but we also like to make sure that they feel loved, so we have our volunteers socialize them by petting or walking them. It's a fun job!” said Saylah Johnson, junior English major and Cookeville/Putnam County Animal Shelter volunteer.

This event will cost five dollars to pet the animals or you could pay $10 and get a 2016 “Barketing in the Quad” T-shirt. After paying you will be able to play with a few dogs from the shelter as long as you like with games ranging from tug of war and fetch.

According to Kathryn Nicewicz, Marketing Club faculty adviser, “The event will be similar to last year, with vendors for food and music, and a social media giveaway. “

The number of dogs that will be at the event is unknown at the moment.

“Shelters can’t give us an estimate of how many dogs they can bring until very close to the time since they have no control over how fast they are adopted. We are combating this issue by involving more shelters from the start,” said Nicewicz.

There will also be a booth set up for students looking to adopt. The adoption fee will be $80. It covers the adoption and rabies vaccination.

TTU Marketing Club hopes to see more dogs adopted at the event in order to further support the animal shelter.

“The shelters are very grateful for all the support. We were excited to hear a shelter had an adoption as a direct result of the event. BIQ is really about raising awareness for these pets and finding them a home,” said Nicewicz.

A.A.R.F., All About Rescue and Fixin’, is a nonprofit organization that rescues, treats and shelters animals and will also be partnering with the Cookeville/Putnam County animal shelter and TTU Marketing Club Thursday, April 21.

The Cookeville/Putnam County animal Shelter is located on 2650 Gainesboro Grade in Cookeville and is open Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 7:30 a.m. until noon.