Statewide Animal Rescue Efforts Left Easter to the Dogs


    Easter is a religious holiday. But this year, on the Saturday before Easter, the holiday went to the dogs, as canines and their owners lined up before more than 2,500 eggs in Wilmington’s Rockford Par. As the pooches and owners stormed the field, the classic canine hit “Who Let the Dogs Out?” blared on the speakers.

    The egg-hunt event was hosted by SkyPointe Church and put on by volunteers from Faithful Friends Animal Society, a religiously-based animal rescue organization.

    Jane Pierantozzi has been running Faithful Friends for over a decade.<br.
    “When I started Faithful Friends 15 years ago, I felt like I was called by God to start it to save the animals because they give unconditional love,” Pierantozzi said. “So I said, ‘Let’s make Easter a nice event for pet owners.'”

    And Faithful Friends was not the only organization that held an egg hunt to benefit animals in the area. With politics buzzing through the airways, Sherry Shupe thought there was no better time to stage an event to advocate for a cause that she hopes will become near and dear to the entire state of Delaware.

    On March 26, Shupe hosted her annual Easter Egg Hunt and Costume Contest for Dogs at Bicentennial Park. A total of 46 dogs attended with their families, raising $606 for Paws of Tomorrow Animal Rescue.

    During the event, Shupe hoped that people would rake the time to sign a petition and place their vote in rescue dogs — namely, making the “Rescue Dog” the official state dog.

    “People up north decided that they’d like to do a state dog, which is a wonderful idea, and they selected a golden retriever,” Shupe said. “We, of course, love golden retrievers, but we’d like something more inclusive. “So, we’d like to support Animal Welfare and Rescue and do a ‘Rescue’ as the dog of Delaware. Who doesn’t love to rescue and save a life? It’s all-inclusive. Every breed and every situation is a rescue dog. I feel like for the First State it’s up to us to lead the way and we need to make something happen.”

    And in the U.S., there’s a great need for such initiative. Currently, eight to 10 million pets end up in shelters on a daily basis.