DANSVILLE — The Dogwood Pet Parade ushered in a whole new way of looking at animal rescue with two charities and local canine training services taking centerstage. 

Rosita’s Way Chihuahua Sanctuary and Bikers Against Animal Neglect and Abuse had information available about what each of them provides.

K’s Canine Training Services has spearheaded the pet parade for the last two years at Babcock Park. The goal is to bring awareness to other local dog charities, and what dog training has to offer the community. Bikers Against Animal Neglect and Abuse uses 100 percent of donations for animal shelters within four counties — Livingston, Steuben, Ontario, and Wayne.

“Matt (Wise) started this charity about three years ago, and we got involved six months ago in Ontario County,” Ashley Watson said. “We want to spread our roots as far as we can, and bring awareness to how important this is for all the counties.”

Watson said there is a true need for this kind of help within all the areas they cover.

“My biggest passions are children and animals,” Watson said. “I was happy to get involved with this charity. Rosita’s Way has benefited from our charity as well. She is part of Bikers Against Animal Neglect and Abuse.”

Watson has made a whole bunch of merchandise for the charity group that has been selling in several different states. There are drop-off boxes in the community where gently used or brand-new pet items can be placed for pickup. Watson added that she and her husband had picked up items from people’s homes before.

Bonnie Mason, of Rosita’s Way Chihuahua Sanctuary, has been saving unwanted, special needs, and senior chihuahuas for years.

“I have 11 of them at my home. They come from all over the country like California, Louisiana, Texas, and other states. These are the ones no one else wants,” she said. “This is a true sanctuary for them in the last years of their lives.”

Mason added that she would like to take on more, but her Hemlock home will only take so many at one time.

“These dogs deserve to be loved cared for on the time they have left,” she said. “Love and acceptance is the best way to heal.”

Mason’s first chihuahua rescue was a lovely special needs dog named Rosita. In honor of her legacy the sanctuary is named after her.

“I realized after having Rosita that there was a strong need for a sanctuary. I saw a need in my heart, and wanted to do something to carry on her name. I am glad her legacy continues on this way,” she said. “Chihuahuas are the number two euthanized dog in the United States. They are number one in California. There are 200 of them dumped in California to be killed every day.”

Gail Valentino, with Grace and Cookie, won the Judges Favorite at the Pet Parade and a water mug from Bikers Against Animal Neglect and Abuse. The other prizes were given by Hilltop View Hound Supply.

Kaylee Walker Lohrmann, K’s Canine Training Services, said that seeing everyone come out and have fun is the best part of the event.

“Networking for me has always been the biggest part of what I do,” she said. “I am glad the other charities were able to come to the event. We all work really well together.”

Lohrmann said she has always been very proud of her hometown events, and the way it brings the entire community together.

“I am planning on bringing another event on the last Sunday of the month starting in June to my shop,” she said. “I want to have vendors, animals, and make it a flea-market type event. I want all those who are interested to be able to bring their merchandise, and talk about their different causes. I want to try it for the summer months, and if it is popular I would like to do it year-round.”

Rosita’s Way Chihuahua Sanctuary can be found on Facebook. 

Mason is in need of piddle pads, paper towels, vinegar, fleece/flannel baby blankets, and pet supply gift cards.

Bikers Against Animal Neglect and Abuse can also be found on Facebook. They are in need of new membership at 585-519-1931 for Livingston and Steuben (Wise), 585-330-8878 for Wayne (Campbell), and 520-873-7568 for Ontario (Watson). The Third Annual Bikers Against Animal Neglect and Abuse Motorcycle Run is Aug. 25 at noon. Registration starts at noon at Tony’s Pizzeria. Ride starts at 1:15 p.m. Ride is $15 each and includes a meal. Ride goes to Birdsall Inn in Angelica.

K’s Canine Training Services can be found at https://www.facebook.com/kscaninetrainingservices/ She is located at 10985 Rt. 36 Dansville. She can be reached at 585-613-8725