Saugatuck Sweets Dishes Up Desserts For Dogs, Owners At Westport Fundraiser

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Al DiGuido, president of Saugatuck Sweets (left) and Chief Westport Animal Control Officer Peter D'Amico pose with a guest of Westport Animal Control, Jack. Jack is a 3-year-old brindle bully breed mix in need of a home.
Al DiGuido, president of Saugatuck Sweets (left) and Chief Westport Animal Control Officer Peter D'Amico pose with a guest of Westport Animal Control, Jack. Jack is a 3-year-old brindle bully breed mix in need of a home. Photo Credit: Contributed
Doggie Sundaes will be available July 20 at Saugatuck Sweets.
Doggie Sundaes will be available July 20 at Saugatuck Sweets. Photo Credit: Contributed
Officer Peter D'Amico rewards Jack for a successful photo shoot.
Officer Peter D'Amico rewards Jack for a successful photo shoot. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. – Saugatuck Sweets will be dishing up its Special Doggie Sundaes for puppies as well as delicious desserts for people as it hosts a fundraiser Sunday, July 20, to Westport Animal Shelter Advocates.

The fundraiser at Saugatuck Sweets, a new business that sells ice cream, frozen yogurt, candy and desserts, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The grill at the restaurant will also be open.

During the fundraiser, children can compete for prizes from the WASA “fish pond,” which will be staffed by WASA Junior Ambassadors. There will also be a silent auction, with bidding on items such as a baseball signed by Derek Jeter, Yankee tickets and a Saugatuck Sweets gift basket, which contains a gift certificate for one double-scooped ice cream cone per week for a year.

Dogs are welcome with their owners. The Saugatuck Sweets Special Doggie Sundaes will be served to dogs whose owners make a donation. The sundae is made of frozen yogurt, peanut butter topping and a milk bone on the side.

WASA is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2008 to support the dogs at Westport Animal Control, the town’s pound and no-kill shelter. The group has implemented a spay and neuter program for impounded dogs and funds vet care for the animals.

WASA volunteers help walk the dogs each day, and checks references and visits the homes of people who wish to adopt a dog. The organization also funds in-home training sessions, conducted by Susie Valentine Collins, for new adopters and their dogs.

At-risk dogs from the animal control facilities and local residents are placed in foster homes by WASA. The group also helps Fairfield County residents who are struggling to pay for vet bills and pet supplies, including food.

Saugatuck Sweets is located at 575 Riverside Ave., Westport. For more information about WASA, visit the website at westportwasa.org and its Facebook page.

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