The impact of California's drought on San Diego County

California Drought Cancels Summer Snow Day for Dogs

The statewide drought has forced the cancellation of an event that includes 20 tons of snow for dogs to play in, but an alternative event will still take place in San Diego

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    Unleashed by Petco
    A photo of one of last year's "Summer Snow Day" events hosted by Unleashed by Petco. This year, the company has decided to cancel two events in Southern California due to the extreme drought.

    Snow was expected in sunny San Diego this Saturday – specifically 20 tons for dogs to play in – but the California drought has forced a change in plans.

    Pet retailer Unleashed by Petco had planned to haul in tons of snow to Seaport Village for its annual “Summer Snow Day,” an event where dogs have a chance to play in an enclosed, off-leash dog park filled with the cool, fluffy stuff.

    However, due to the historic drought impacting California, organizers told NBC 7 on Thursday that they’ve decided to cancel their snow events in both San Diego and Los Angeles.

    “Both the Los Angeles and San Diego events have been in the works since last year, but out of concern for the environment and water conservation efforts statewide, the decision was ultimately made to halt the
    2014 events,” Unleashed by Petco said in a media release.

    Though pups in California won’t get to play in snow this year, the Summer Snow Day will still go on as planned in non-drought cities including New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston.

    But California dogs won’t be left out completely.

    On Friday, Unleashed by Petco announced it would host an alternative event for San Diego pets and pet parents – sans snow.

    The new event will take place at Seaport Village from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature an enclosed play area filled with turf instead of snow to help conserve water.

    Organizers told NBC 7 there will be two separate play areas – one for small pups and another for large dogs – and several toys will be handed out for pooches to play with. An agility course will be set up so doggies can learn a few new tricks.

    The free dog-friendly event will also include giveaways and some pets up for adoption and looking for their forever homes.
     

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