CAC gives nod to pet-adoption event at Whetstone Park

Planned warm-weather event featuring local pet rescue groups, food trucks still needs city's approval


The co-founder of a new charity in Clintonville said last week the organization hopes to establish an annual pet-adoption event at Whetstone Park.

Donna Barr Gehlman of Spay Neuter Assistance Program of Central Ohio -- SNAP, for short -- spoke at last week's Clintonville Area Commission meeting to request a letter of support prior to approaching Columbus Recreation and Parks officials for permission to stage the event in the spring or summer.

SNAP was created to provide financial assistance to people in the community who cannot afford to spay or neuter their cats or dogs.

The organization works to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs in the community, according to information Gehlman distributed during the meeting.

SNAP is run by volunteers and funded by donations.

The Wags and Whiskers pet adoption at the park would feature various rescue organizations, vendors and food trucks, Gehlman told CAC members. She added she and others with SNAP hope for a good turnout for the inaugural event, which would be held in the same area as the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce's Cruise the Ville.

"We'd like to make it an annual event, if possible," Gehlman said.

"Personally, I think it's a great idea," said D Searcy, the District 9 representative.

In response to a question, Gehlman said those who wish to adopt from one of the rescue operations on hand for the event would fill out an application and take possession of the cat or dog at a later time. There would be cats and dogs on-site, she added, but with the felines in one area and the canines in another.

Dana K.J. Bagwell of District 5 said she suggested Gehlman seek CAC approval before asking for a permit from city officials. Bagwell added such an event would fit nicely with the animal-friendly nature of the neighborhood.

Eight of the commission members voted in favor of offering a letter of support. Chairman Daniel B. Miller abstained from the vote.