Dog Days at the Dome will help hungry pets this Thursday

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Dog-lovers and their canine friends can get together this Thursday at the Metrodome to socialize, sniff and help hungry pets in need. 


The winter’s last Dog Days at the Dome event will be held March 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. Organized by Podium Sports Marketing, this is a monthly get-together in which people bring their dogs to run and play off-leash in the Metrodome concourse.


The entry cost is only $1 per dog, though The Pet Project will be accepting pet food donations for its food shelf drive. The Twin Cities-based nonprofit seeks to keep people with their pets by providing financially struggling owners with food, basic supplies and access to veterinary care.


Pet Project founder Kim Carrier said she’s hosting the pet food drive this month so it coincides with Minnesota FoodShare‘s annual March Campaign. The campaign’s organizers said the month-long drive raises more than half the food distributed annually at food shelves across the state.


All the pet food donated to The Pet Project Thursday will go to area food shelves, which have seen an increase in clients as the economy worsens.


“If you’re already going for food for yourself, then it’s a good place to get food for your pet, too,” Carrier said.


Carrier said The Pet Project will accept any kind of pet food as long as it is unopened.


Mark Cofrin of Podium Sports Marketing said those who attend Thursday’s dog-fest will enjoy a tradition that started last year, when his company was looking for a way to get dogs and people together during the cold months.


There will be free parking at the lot accessible from Fifth Street and 11th Avenue, and participants should enter at Gate D.


Inside there will be pet product vendors to meet, the opportunity to license your dog and, of course, dogs of all shapes and sizes cruising down the concourse.


“This is one of the events that I smile about the most,” Cofrin said, “because it’s just free and easy and fun for dogs.”


Check back here after Friday see a photo essay of Dog Days.