Paws in the Park brings service members and pets together in one room

20 Apr 2013 | Lance Cpl. Joshua Grant

Service members and their pets made their own dog treats and learned about the pet services provided aboard the base during the first annual Paws in the Park, April 20.

The event allows interaction between the families and the resources they may not have known about if they live out in town, stated Elicia Graham, a readiness and support trainer for Marine Corps Family Team Building.

“We want to try this again next year was well, make it an annual event,” said Graham.

Marine Corps Community Services sponsored this one-of-a-kind event and included individuals from the United Services Organization, Camp Lejeune’s Animal Control and the Carolina Animal Protection Society.

Members from Camp Lejeune answered families’ questions about pet safety and assistance. A friendly reminder stated, before any animals are allowed aboard base, they must be registered through animal control.

Pit-bulls, Rottweiler’s and any wolf hybrid dogs are strictly prohibited aboard base due to the aggressive nature of the breeds.

More than 15 breeds of dogs and their owners attended the event and took part in a family photo booth, and even contests for best dressed dog and best owner-dog look alike.

The Carolina Animal Protection Society program represented at the event displayed its services, which include opportunities for animal adoption, a pet lost and found and spay and neutering services.

The Single Marine Program roused interest in the community and several individuals volunteered to work at the event.

Sparked by her love of dogs, Lance Cpl. Elizabeth Rosenthal, a metal worker with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, volunteered to help support the community while also being around animals.

“I have a two and a half year old pit-bull back home, living in the barracks makes it difficult not having animals around,” Rosenthal added.

Aside from the base policy prohibiting certain breeds, Midway Park also requires written permission before a resident brings an animal into a home. Residents are not allowed to bring farm animals aboard base and only two domestic animals are allowed per household.

For more information on registering a dog or to contact animal control, call (910) 451-5143.