Crossroads region pets and owners can dine together Monday
March 20, 2013 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2013 at 10:21 p.m.
It's not often a dog gets its own waiter or waitress.
But on Monday, Adopt-A-Pet volunteers will be just that to Crossroads region pooches at the PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar.
"Dine With Your Dog," now in its third year, is a fundraising event like no other, Carol Klages, the nonprofit's board president, said.
The last chance to RSVP for a three-course meal for both people and pets will be 4 p.m. Saturday.
People will get either a salad or jalapeno soup and choose from one of three entrees - panko-crusted fried shrimp or chicken, shrimp pasta or meatloaf with scallop potatoes.
They'll top it off with a New York-style cheesecake with strawberries.
The dogs, meanwhile, will have treats "a la pouch," a pet party mix, "mut" balls, sweet potato balls, a peanut butter carrot cake and doggy banana bread.
All proceeds go to the organization's low-cost spay and neuter program, which latest statistics show helped 24,000 animals since its inception nearly 25 years ago.
"The main thing is it helps control pet overpopulation," Klages said. "People don't realize that. They drive by and see a stray cat and say, 'Oh, that doesn't' matter to me,' but it actually costs taxpayer dollars to go out and get them."
She said the procedure also protects the animals from reproductive cancers.
Attendees are invited to bring as many dogs as they can handle, although there will be "doggy bouncers" available to walk the dogs if they get restless. In recent years, Klages said organizers have seen everything from 2-pound Chihuahuas to Great Danes. Some of them matched their owners.
"It's a casual, fun event. ... We did have one little Chihuahua cop an attitude once, but I can honestly say we've never had a dog fight," Klages said, chuckling.