5 THINGS TO KNOW: Annual P.A.W.S. Pooch Plunge set for Saturday

Staff file photoShelia Ketchum, with P.A.W.S., and her dog Cotton along with McAlester Commuity Services Director Mel Priddy, pose before the start of a "Pooch Plunge" at Jeff Lee Pool.

Paige McClain details the local Partners for Animal Welfare Society's Pooch Plunge set for Saturday.

1. What is the pooch plunge?

After the pools are closed for the summer, the city opens one of them where people can bring their dogs and the dogs can jump in the pool and swim, and people can swim with their dogs.

2. Do people have to swim with their pets?

They don't need to if they don't want to and we will have people there to help. A lot of the dogs, they just love to swim around and some dogs never get in the water — they just run around and have a good time.

3. Why does P.A.W.S. host this annual event?

We do this because we want to interact with the community. We want people to know about us. We want to help people get their dogs spayed and neutered because there are so many pets that sadly end up in the Pittsburg County Animal Shelter. And we do offer the low cost spay and neuter for people that qualify.

4. How can people get their pets fixed?

We actually are going to have someone there this Saturday to sign up dogs and cats for spays and neuters.

5. What else should I bring?

Bring your sunscreen and your hats. That's my motto. And stay hydrated.