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In the Community with Texas Dogs and Cats Magazine! Local High-Schoolers Present Dog Days of Spring Fundraiser to Sponsor Landmi

Posted Mar 03 2011 10:21am

We learned of this great group from our friends at Texas Dogs and Cats Magazine , who are always out and about learning about great people in our community doing great things for animals and the people who love them!  These kids are driven and passionate and I find it so inspiring to see these teens striving to make a difference.  Let's help them reach their goal and show them that their efforts are appreciated!  

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The students of the Interact Club at Seven Lakes High School are holding the Dog Days of Spring festival on Saturday, March 26, from 2:00-5:00 at Seven Lakes High School.  The purpose of this event is to raise money for CHAMPS, the Children Against Mines Program.  CHAMPS teaches kids about the human consequences of landmines and how people and dogs are working together to make the world a safer place.  

Landmines pose a danger to people and animals all over the world, including places like Afghanistan and Iraq.  Specially-trained, landmine detecting dogs are the best way to clear mines and return the land to safe and productive use.  Training these dogs isn’t easy though.  Learning to detect mines represents the highest level of training a working dog can achieve, and not every dog has the temperament to be able to work in a minefield.  There are only two facilities in the world that CHAMPS uses to train dogs to detect landmines, and one of those is located right here in Texas – the Global Training Academy in Somerset, Texas!

The students of the SLHS Interact Club want to become part of the solution to the devastating problem of landmines, and so they are working with CHAMPS to sponsor their very own landmine detecting dog, who they will name Spartacus.  It costs $20,000 to train each landmine detecting dog, but each dog can save at least 10,000 lives!  

They are holding the Dog Days of Spring festival to raise money for CHAMPS and celebrate our canine companions. Their special guest at the festival will be Utsi, a retired landmine detecting dog who will demonstrate her amazing mine detecting skills.  They will have a dog walk, called “laps for lives”, where pets and owners will walk laps for the chance to win a pet-themed gift basket.  They will also have a silent auction featuring items from local businesses, a dog wash, food and drinks, and – of course – a fun zone for kids featuring bouncy houses, carnival games, and other fun activities.  They are also expecting a visit from local law enforcement, including a K-9 unit!  

Dog Days of Spring will be a fun-filled day for the entire family – including your four-legged friends!  So join them on Saturday, March 26, from 2:00-5:00 as they celebrate our amazing animal friends and how – with our help – they truly can save the world. 

For more information about how the students of the SLHS Interact Club are working to sponsor a landmine detecting dog and how you can help, please visit their website at So far, they have raised almost $7,000 by selling dog tags, bracelets, and baked goods.  So be a CHAMP, and help them reach our goal so that Spartacus can save lives!

Find out more about these kids, and the great things happening throughout the greater-Houston area by visiting our friends at Texas Dogs and Cats Magazine ...just click on the logo and you are a go :0)!

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