Tails were wagging and soap suds were flying last Saturday as Kwik Car Wash teamed up with The Pooch Mobile
dog grooming service in an effort to raise funds for Youth and Pet Survivors (YAPS). A total of 40 dogs were washed this year, and over $1,225 was raised at the fourth annual 'Dog Days of Summer' event.
Kwik Car Wash donated 50 percent of all car wash sales to the cause, while The Pooch Mobile offered free dog washes with all tips going to Youth and Pet Survivors (YAPS) as well. The Pooch Mobile also did a drawing for a fantastic doggie gift basket and Kimberly Schlichting of Through Your Eyes Photography was on site capturing all the special moments of the day.
The Youth and Pet Survivors Program (YAPS©) is a pen pal program that matches pediatric oncology patients with dogs and cats who have survived cancer or other serious medical conditions. Children and pets (via their owners) establish relationships and communicate through letter writing. (www.youthandpetsurvivors.org
“This allows children the unique opportunity to share feelings about having cancer with a safe, unconditionally loving animal,” explained YAPS Board Member Kathryn Lewis. “YAPS child participants report enhanced well-being, while YAPS pet owners report a sense of contribution knowing that their pet’s illness can make a difference in a child’s life.”
Based at Children’s Hospital Colorado Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, YAPS collaborates with area veterinary hospitals, including CSU’s Animal Cancer Center and the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado. For more information about YAPS, please visit www.youthandpetsurvivors.org
. About Kwik Car Wash
Kwik Car Wash is a locally-owned and operated exterior wash dedicated to saving the environment 296.2 gallons at time by recycling 90 percent of all water used and using only environmentally-friendly soaps. Vacuums are free with the purchase of any tunnel wash.
Kwik Car Wash frequently hosts charity car washes for local nonprofit organizations. Other events scheduled for this summer include the PEPC II MOPS, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Rotary Community Corps, Project Healing Waters, Chaparral High School, and Waggin’ Tails Canine Rescue. (www.kwikcarwash.com