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Yoga, paddle events at Hamlet City Lake to benefit Richmond County Operation Fix

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HAMLET — Proceeds from two events this week in the Seaboard City will go toward helping one animal organization’s goal to “Stop the Downpour” of unwanted cats and dogs in the area.

Richmond County Operation Fix will benefit from Poses for Paws, a yoga session led by Johnnie Brigman scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hamlet City Lake.

Operation Fix is also hosting its second Paddle for Paws at City Lake on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is sponsored by Ruest Realty.

All participants must be 16 years old or older and have a man-powered vessel. Participation is $20. There will also be kayak rentals available upon request for an additional $20, paid in advance. Paddlers must pay by Thursday, May 30.

Snacks will be provided and Wildfire Pizza will be on site.

Paddle for Paws will coincide with Hamlet’s third Pop-Up Market event at City Lake.

The event is held the first Saturday of each month April-October from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring a variety of vendors.

The inaugural Paddle for Paws was held last September on the Pee Dee River, raising more than $1,300.

Click here to see photos from the 2023 Paddle for Paws.

Formerly Richmond County Animal Advocates, the organization changed its name and mission several years ago to focus on controlling the unwanted pet population by helping owners get their animals spayed and neutered.

The organization had fixed more than 400 animals since January of 2023, including 206 in the first five months of this year, according to founder Allison Story.


In December, R.C. Operation Fix was gifted a van — dubbed the “neuter scooter” — by Griffin Dodge to help transport animals to the clinic.

Dairy Queen in Rockingham earlier this year hosted a fundraiser for Operation Fix, raising $600, which was matched by Broad Street Jewelry and Loan. The annual Spayghetti dinner brought in $3333.54 (after expenses) for the cause.

More than $700 was raised for Operation Fix at Hamlet’s Walk and Wag in late April.

Click here to see photos from the Walk and Wag.

Operation Fix will be participating in Belk Charity Days June 7-9 and will have other upcoming fundraisers in June.

For more information on making donations or participating in the spay and neuter program, contact Operation Fix through Facebook.

Note: This story has been updated to add the event sponsor. 4:34 p.m. 5-29-24.