Sunday was Rotaract of Lenoir County’s first annual Paws in the Park. 

The doggy Easter egg hunt attracted nearly 60 people and their pets. 

Dozens of four-legged friends, big and small, searched throughout Rotary Dog Park in Kinston for Easter eggs. 

“Just meet other dogs and other dog owners and have a good time,” Kinston resident Kristy Harrell said. 

Harrell brought along her rescue dog, Charlie. 

“He is a wonderful playmate for our daughter so they are going to grow up together,” Harrell said. “That’s what we wanted for her.” 

“He loves people,” her daughter, Emma, added. “We wanted to find some Easter eggs!”

Paws in the Park raises money for SPCA of Lenoir County, where Harrell got Charlie in December. 

“It’s very important to give back to them because Charlie has just been the light of our lives the last couple of months,” Harrell said. “He has made us so happy.”

The vice president of SPCA also got her pup at the shelter.  

“This is Luke, he is a Yorkie Poo,” Tammy Everett said. “He came into our shelter about two years ago, and I adopted him. We at SPCA, we take all the unwanted animals and the strays in the city and county of Lenoir. It is a large monetary obligation, so when you support events like this, you help the unwanted animals.” 

The dog owners said Paws in the Park is a great way to extend their Easter holiday to include man’s best friend. 

“This is my child,” Everett said. “I don’t have children, all my children are four legged, so he is my child, he is my baby.”

“Our dog is a part of our family,” Harrell said. “It is really great when you have an event that absolutely caters to that.”

Organizers said the event raised over $2,500 dollars for Rotaract and SPCA.