Capstone Group to Hold Paddle for Pups Event

A Class of 2017 Senior Capstone Group is looking to put more animals in forever homes with their event, Paddle for Pups, on Thursday, June 16.

"My dad owns Adventures on the Great Miami and last summer, we started doing Doggie Paddle Days where people brought their dogs to go canoeing," Kayte Jackson '17 explained. "I talked to the Humane Society and they said this would be a great way to hold a fundraising and adoption event."

Capstone Group members Gabby Elders '17, Jackson, Allison Logan '17 and Emily Rau '17 volunteered at the Humane Society during their junior year.

"I chose the Humane Society because they are the largest no-kill animal welfare agency and that's part of their mission," Rau shared.

Logan added, "It's nice to know you're making a difference in the animals' lives and getting them ready to find their forever home."

Also in the Senior Capstone Group is Connor Goode '17.

"While most of my friends volunteered at the animal shelter, I volunteered at a public grade school," Goode said. "I wanted to get involved with this Capstone because I have two dogs and I love animals."

The Capstone Group hopes to make Paddle for Pups more than a onetime event, with two more Paddle for Pups days in the works for July and August.

"I'm most looking forward to getting more involved in the community on a bigger scale and getting the word out about animal homelessness," Elders reflected. "I also want to let people know there are resources available to those who don't know what is out there."

"This group's project is unique in that they are hoping to not only raise money that will go towards the Humane Society but will also be having animals up for adoption at the event," the group's mentor, Erin Ketch noted. "Our hope is that some of these animals can find homes the day of the event and the event can then have an even bigger impact." 

What you need to know to attend Paddle for Pups:

  • Where: Adventures on the Great Miami (1995 Ross Road, Tipp City, 45371)
  • When: Thursday, June 16. Humane Society will be on site from 12-3 p.m.
  • What: Canoeing/Kayaking and Dog Adoption Event. Guests are allowed to bring their own animals. The event is family friendly.
  • Why: A portion of rentals all day on June 16 will go to the Humane Society.
  • More Information: and

Posted June 10, 2016