LOCKLAND, Ohio -- Ice cream lovers and animal owners come together Sunday to celebrate helping low-income families get the care their pets need.
Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati, a nonprofit organization that provides low-cost veterinary care, is holding its second annual Ice Cream Social in Lockland.
In 2017, the group helped about 1,800 families.
"These are such wonderful people," said Sally Harlow, a Pets In Need client. "All the vets are so caring and loving."
The Ice Cream Social is the group's way of thanking the people who have helped make care for people like Harlow possible.
"This event is a fun way to celebrate our mission and thank all those who have supported us over the years -- donors, board members, staff, volunteers, clients and neighbors," said Ann Hill, Pets In Need executive director.
The event is free, and well-behaved dogs are welcome as long as they are on non-retractable leashes.
Ice cream from United Dairy Farmers and frozen pet treats from Pet People will be available, along with games, music and food. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' mobile adoption van will be there with some adoptable pets.
The Lockland police and fire departments will help raise awareness for Pet Fire Safety Day, which is recognized on the third Sunday of July.
The Ice Cream Social starts goes from noon until 3 p.m. and will be held at the Pets In Needs clinic, 520 West Wyoming Ave.