By MARGIE TRAX PAGE

Staff Writer

mtrax@starbeacon.com



ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP -- When Lemon walks, his tail wags and his skirt swishes.

A long-time resident of the Animal Protective League resident, Lemon doesn't have an owner to walk him down the runway at the APL's Spring Fling Fashion Show Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Ashtabula Mall.

But Lemon and the other dogs at the shelter can take heart as dog owners and fellow canines, "put on the dog" at the fashion show to raise money and awareness for dogs who don't have permanent homes.

"This is a really fun day for people and their dogs. It is great to see people come out to show off, celebrate spring and to help the animals at the APL," APL secretary Kathy Kaura said.

The fashion show is open to all dogs. Registration is $15 per dog and will take place at the old Toy Warehouse. The dogs will be judged in seven categories: Best dressed, most original, best group theme, most obvious owner/dog look-alike, most reluctant participant, dog which looks most like a cat and most smusing. Blue ribbons and prizes will be awarded for each category. Dog owners are encouraged to dress up, too.

"The people get really creative with their clothes and are just as excited to show off their duds as the dogs are," Kaura said.

A general raffle will be held after the fashion show.

APL board member Gitta Racinskas said the APL's fashion show has captured the attention of malls and animal shelters in surrounding areas.

"There aren't any other malls that do events like this, so we are truly unique. We are looking forward to showing off the animals and hopefully finding homes for some of the dogs and cats at the APL Ashtabula Mall shelter (located at Harbor Pets)," she said.

The APL is also holding a yard sale June 17 at the shelter on Green Road. County residents and visitors can browse tables of goods and cages of animals in search for a bargain.

The yard sale will begin at 11 a.m. Items to sell can be donated at the shelter on the day of the sale.



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