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6th Annual Hair of the Dog Brunch benefiting Memphis Pets Alive!

Celtic Crossing Irish Pub will host the 6th annual brunch the day after Cooper-Young Festival to benefit Memphis Pets Alive.

Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome on Celtic Crossing’s patio anytime, and they are especially encouraged at The Hair of the Dog Brunch. The brunch will be held the Sunday after Cooper-Young Festival, which is one of the pub’s busiest weekends of the year.

“We’re proud to support our local pet rescues six years in a row through the Hair of the Dog Brunch,” Naylor said. “Our staff loves seeing all the dogs who come out for brunch, and we love supporting a good cause!”

The Hair of the Dog Brunch will feature a special canine-themed menu full of items designed to nurse a hangover, with dishes such as the Irish Wolfhound (a traditional Irish breakfast platter), and including options for vegetarians and limited options for vegans.The Reel McCoy will provide Irish session music starting at 11:30 a.m. Celtic Crossing will donate a portion of the proceeds from the event to Memphis Pets Alive.

----------------ABOUT MEMPHSI PETS ALIVE----------------

MPA! formed in February 2013 after several animal welfare advocates recognized an immediate need to unite against the growing crisis of homeless pets in Memphis and the high euthanasia rate at the city’s open intake shelter.

This mission is accomplished through a variety of community and volunteer-driven initiatives such as Wag Along Tuesday, which helps network the animals housed at Memphis Animal Services, increases adoption/rescue rates and return-to-owner successes, a positive alternative to shelter surrender (PASS) program to help the public, a partnership with PetSmart to maintain a cat habitat, allowing rescues from the euthanasia list, educational public meetings and low-cost options for animal welfare.

The MPA! Tuesday night photo event Wag Along Tuesday is designed to make the public aware of animals available for adoption—to take appealing photos that highlight the pet’s personality, give them character or showcase something special that might grab the viewer and say, “I’m worth adopting!” because the stigma against shelter pets ranges from “They’re all sick and medically unfit,” to “It’s just pit bulls and throw-away dogs/cats no one wants.”

PASS is a free community service provided by Memphis Pets Alive! (MPA!) to help people help their pets stay in their current home or find a new home if needed. It offers a pet food/supply pantry to help owners feed their pet during financially difficult times rather than give up their pet. This is especially important when people are faced with the impossible decision of whether they are going to feed their pet or themselves, handle a medical bill or pay the electric bill, etc., and in turn believe the only choice they have is to give up their pet.

Other PASS benefits include low-cost micro-chip clinics; assistance with trap-neuter-release efforts for feral or community cats; advice on re-homing a pet when it’s about more than just a basic donation of food or supplies; and other support measures as needed to prevent an owner from surrendering their pet to a shelter.

The people involved are volunteers that have a shared passion to ensure companion animals in our community are given every opportunity to find or stay with their perfect family or community and not die homeless in a shelter.

Later Event: September 17
Live Music: The Reel McCoy