Puppy Plunge is back at YMCA

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Canines of all breeds and sizes are welcome to attend the YMCA Puppy Plunge from 9 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturday of each month beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Y’s outdoor pool at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal.

The cost is $5 per pup and all proceeds benefit the Y’s Learn to Swim program, which teaches local youth and adults to swim at a reduced cost or for free. Puppy Plunge welcomed 100 pups and raised over $500 in 2015.

“Since the outdoor pool will be closed to humans, it’s time to let the dogs out,” said Lisa Redwine, YMCA aquatics director. “We’re looking forward to having as many pups as possible splashing, swimming and playing in our safe outdoor pool area. Of course, we’re also hoping to raise as much money as possible to supplement swim lessons, so everyone bring your pups to the Y!”

Dogs must be well behaved, current on all required vaccines and leashed until inside the gated, pool area. Owners must be present at all times and humans are not permitted to swim in the Puppy Plunge.

As long as the weather cooperates, this event will continue until the pool opens again in the spring of 2017. Call the Y at 843-522-9622 or check the YMCA Facebook page the morning of each Puppy Plunge to check any status update.