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Plunging for fun and a purpose

Ninth annual Doggie Plunge in North Liberty helps animals in need and NLPD’s K-9
“A ball! A ball!” A dog swims toward a tennis ball while enjoying a swim during the ninth annual Doggie Plunge at the North Liberty Recreation Center Sunday, Sept. 9. Dozens of canines participated in the event, which raised money for the Cedar Valley Humane Society and Falco, the North Liberty Police Department’s K-9. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The end of summer is marked with many events: the start of school, football season firing up and the closing of outdoor swimming pools. While the outdoor pool at the North Liberty Recreation Center officially closed for the season on Labor Day, dozens upon dozens of “fur kids” got in one last swim before the pool is drained until next summer.
The recreation center hosted its ninth annual Doggie Plunge on Sunday, Sept. 9, which was an opportunity for canines to swim and frolic about.
“Lots of pools let dogs swim at the end of the summer, before they drain it,” Ashley Kipp, Aquatics Supervisor, said. Filters are taken down and chemicals cease to be used after the pool closes on Labor Day, making a safe environment for the pups and minimizing maintenance hassles (such as furry filters).
“We just let the dogs have fun,” she added.
Half of the registration fees went to the Cedar Valley Humane Society, while the other half went to the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) to support Falco, the NLPD’s K-9.