Nearly $200,000 donated to CNY Rescues in past eight years

The success of the eighth annual Canine Carnival in 2016, combined with great support from sponsors and attendees, and the annual Pucks for Paws at the Syracuse CRUNCH, has ensured that 50 CNY animal welfare organizations receive much needed monies. More than $42,000 has been recently donated, split amongst 50 local animal welfares and rescues. Wayne Mahar thanks each organization for “doing the tough work, day in and day out of caring for our animal friends”. To date nearly $200,000 has been donated to CNY animal rescues and welfares by the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation.

Primary sponsors of Canine Carnival include C&S Companies, Wegmans, Liverpool Village Animal Hospital, Veterinary Medical Center of CNY, CNYcentral, GALAXY Communications and Onondaga County Parks.

DATE CHANGE! To get out of prime heat and humidity season, beginning with Canine Carnival 2017, the annual Canine Carnival will move to the last Saturday in September. That would be Saturday September 30th this year.

GROWTH! According to Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation President Wayne Mahar, “It’s the success and growth of the Foundation’s primary event, great sponsors and support from so many that enables us to donate as much as we are. The growth of Canine Carnival, and in turn, the monies PMAWF has been able to donate is dramatic. We started with 800 people attending and donating $1200 just seven years ago, and now 15,000 to 20,000 people one day total attendance with donations of more than $42,000.”

The animal welfare organizations receiving donations includes locally the CNY SPCA and Humane Association of CNY with other rescues from the Mohawk Valley, CNY and the Finger Lakes.

With such growth and success of Canine Carnival, we are happy to welcome two new sponsors, which will be announced soon

Anyone interested as a rescue, vendor, sponsor or volunteer, please contact us by email through our web site at

Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation is a 501(c)3 New York non-profit raising money through annual events to help central New York animal rescue and welfare organizations give our animal friends a second chance. Canine Carnival and Pucks for Paws at the Syracuse CRUNCH in March are the primary fundraising events of the organization. Founded in 2008, PMAWF has now donated nearly $200,000 to fifty animal welfare organizations in the CNY area.

Thank You to so many, from sponsors and volunteers to attendees and everybody in-between for your support. See you Saturday September 30th.

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