Canine cruises, dog parades, pet costume contests, and other pet-oriented events may be considered quirky by some, but they are without question some of the more popular events offered at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield. While such events cause us all to grin, there is a serious side to why we provide pet programs in the park.
It is often said that the way we treat our animal friends is a measure of our humanity. In general, we find that people who bring their pets to events in the park are responsible pet owners. Without realizing it, they serve as positive examples of the kind of caring devotion and enthusiastic involvement that all pets deserve of their humans. Events that bring responsible pet owners into the park serve to foster appreciation for the positive impact that pets have on our quality of life. At the same time, pet owners enjoy events that bring them into contact with likeminded individuals.