The Westy goes to the dogs during ‘Dog Days of Summer'

Item photo by Shea Singley Attendees at CatWorks Inc.'s Dog Days of Summer event held at The Westy were entertained by the puppies.
Item photo by Shea Singley Attendees at CatWorks Inc.'s Dog Days of Summer event held at The Westy were entertained by the puppies.

Those on their way to lunch at The Westy Bar & Grill in Hamburg on Saturday, July 19, had the chance to spend some time with puppies before and after eating at the restaurant. The CatWorks Inc. held the Dog Days of Summer to help raise funds and find homes for the dogs and cats in their care.

Not only did the puppies provide some entertainment, but so did the adult dogs who were dressed in their best and took a few trips into the kiddie pools filled with water to cool off on the summer day. As with past events, visitors to the restaurant were able to participate in a raffle on various baskets and talk to volunteers about the animals up for adoption.

Some of the CatWorks Inc. animals even went to their forever homes during the event or were one step closer to that goal. Animal lovers were able to purchase various pet merchandise and magnets at the event as well.

All of the proceeds from the event go toward the animals.


“The proceeds are going to go to the animals,” said Nikki Mengel of CatWorks Inc. at a previous event held at The Westy. “The CatWorks is a foster to adopt program. If we come across an animal that needs extra care such as a broken leg, if the rescue who has that animal can’t afford to fix it, we will put it towards that and hopefully then take the animal into our foster care program, fix it up and find it a forever home like we do for others.”

Founded in 2002, the CatWorks Inc. works with many animal rescues. They were recently named the top 100 rescues that Animal Care and Control Team out of Philadelphia works with and received top honors for their adoption at Petco in Wyomissing. The group has adoptions twice a month at Petco in Wyomissing and is always looking for donations and Volunteers to help with fundraisers, adoption days and foster. For more information on the CatWorks Inc. visit

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Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.