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  • At the senior dog prom, CoCo, an 11-year-old boxer mix, was crowned prom queen. Sampson, a 10-year-old basset hound who is part of a bonded pair (with Charlie, a 10-year-old lab/retriever mix), was crowned prom king.
    Photo courtesy of Bill Brooks
    At the senior dog prom, CoCo, an 11-year-old boxer mix, was crowned prom queen. Sampson, a 10-year-old basset hound who is part of a bonded pair (with Charlie, a 10-year-old lab/retriever mix), was crowned prom king.
  • Sampson, a 10-year-old basset hound who is part of a bonded pair (with Charlie, a 10-year-old lab/retriever mix), was crowned prom king.
    Photo courtesy of Bill Brooks
    Sampson, a 10-year-old basset hound who is part of a bonded pair (with Charlie, a 10-year-old lab/retriever mix), was crowned prom king.

The Prom Queen Was A Real Dog: Senior Dog Sanctuary Holds Successful Fundraiser

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The Senior Dog Sanctuary (SDS) of Maryland hosted its inaugural “senior dog prom” on Friday, March 23, at Kurtz’s Beach in Pasadena. A sold-out crowd of animal lovers danced, ate, drank, and bid on more than 100 silent and live auction items including designer bags, baskets of cheer, wine tastings, restaurant gift cards, gorgeous artwork, a sailing cruise, a romantic weekend away, and a day with State Senator Ed Reilly — all donated by SDS supporters, volunteers and local businesses. The specialty drink of the night was the canine crush. This was the first large-scale fundraiser for SDS, which has operated for more than two years and has rehabbed and rehomed well over 200 senior dogs.

Senior dogs currently at the sanctuary (adorable and adoptable) strutted their stuff, dressed to the nines. With their human dates, the senior dogs worked the crowd to get enough votes to be prom queen and king. After the voting was done, Val Lynch, owner and founder of SDS, announced the winners.

John Mason, representing Kurtz’s Beach (the most generous sponsor of the night), crowned the court. CoCo, an 11-year-old boxer mix, was crowned prom queen, and Sampson, a 10-year-old basset hound who is part of a bonded pair (with Charlie, a 10-year-old lab/retriever mix), was crowned prom king.

The Senior Dog Sanctuary provides a permanent safe haven for senior dogs that are unable to be cared for, that are abandoned or abused, or that face euthanasia. The average cost to house, feed and vet each senior dog is $3,200. The sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on donations to stay in operation. For information about adopting, fostering, volunteering or donating, visit www.seniordogsanctuary.com.


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