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Magnolia Mutt Strut promotes doggie adoptions in October
Published:
9/23/2014 2:55:49 PM

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, considered one of Charleston’s most dog-friendly destinations, is offering free garden admission in October to families that adopt a dog from three Lowcountry animal shelters.

Coupons for one free garden admission are available at Charleston Animal Society in North Charleston, Francis R. Willis Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Summerville and Pet Helpers on James Island.

Coupons can be redeemed on any day in October, but Saturday, Oct. 25, is a special day. On that day, a doggie-owner costume contest will be part of the Magnolia Mutt Strut.

The four-hour Mutt Strut begins at 10 a.m. The costume contest is set for noon. Pet-related vendors will offer information on a variety of good and services. Garden admission is required for this “howl-o-ween” event.

The promotion is the brainchild of John Drayton Hastie III, a member of the Hastie family that owns Magnolia.

“We saw the Charleston Animal Society’s notice about their overcrowded situation, and their offer to waive fees for pet adoptions,” Hastie said. “Although animals are always welcome at Magnolia, and we are home to hundreds of species, we could not help their overcrowding problem directly. So we wanted to do our own small part to help via this free admission offer and promoting their offer as well. Those who adopt a pet will soon discover that doing so is its own reward, but hopefully this will help people to make the first step toward this discovery on their own!”

Magnolia welcomes leashed dogs 365 days a year. Magnolia is listed in the “Ruff Guide to the United States: 365 of the Best Places to Stay & Play With Your Dog in all 50 States.”

The West Of newspaper, a weekly publication that serves Charleston’s West Ashley neighborhood, is Magnolia’s media partner for this event.

Lorne Chambers, West Of’s publisher, said, “I am proud to be a part of the Magnolia Mutt Strut because we’re all dog people over here at West Of. My wife and I have three dogs that are absolutely part of our family. Every week since

2005, West Of has published a ‘Dog and Cat of the Week’ in the paper, helping pets from local shelters find a home.”
 

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