This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Jackie Galvin about the upcoming Paws in the Park, benefiting Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

Residence: Duryea

Professional background: Holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from King’s College and works in communications

Title: Development and communications director at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter

Q: How many years has this been a tradition?

A: This would have been the fifth year the shelter celebrated Paws in the Park, but because of the pandemic, we had to cancel the event in 2020. However, we are back and better than ever this summer, and we are so grateful we can host this fun, family and pet-friendly event for the fourth time.

Q: What else will be on hand at the event?

A: In addition to a wide assortment of vendors selling products such as home goods, health and beauty products, handmade jewelry, crafts, pet products and more, we also will have entertainment provided by EJ the DJ, games, raffles, food trucks with an array of items and adoptable pets from our shelter at the event.

Q: What is your fundraising goal?

A: Our goal is $10,000.

Q: How will proceeds be used?

A: All proceeds will benefit our shelter’s medical fund.

Q: Are you collecting donated goods? Where can people drop off donated goods if they cannot attend?

A: We would be very grateful to anyone who wants to donate items for our shelter pets. Items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shelter daily, including weekends. The community also can drop off donations at the event. We are most in need of pellet-type cat litter as well as dry and wet cat and dog food. We have a wish list on our website under the “support our shelter” tab.