These happy dogs are having too much fun during last year’s Weiner Dog Races. File photo

Third annual Weiner Dog Races benefit CASA

The famously short-legged Dachshund — also known as a weiner dog, sausage dog, Teckel, Dackel, Doxie or Badger dog — one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, happily takes center stage at the third annual Weiner Dog Races held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Eagle Lake RV Resort in Stones Landing.

The event promises a day of fun for the whole family with hot dogs, a raffle, craft vendors and of course a whole bunch of cute dogs of many different breeds.

Proceeds from the event benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates, a national association in the United States that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children who find themselves involved in the legal system, usually through no fault of their own.


What is CASA?
According to the National CASA Association, “Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children is a network of nearly 1,000 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates — empowered directly by the courts — offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.”

According to the association’s website, “Children in foster care have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. They are separated from their siblings and all they know, living in a confusing world surrounded by strangers. CASA volunteers, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, help create a brighter future for a foster child. These volunteer advocates ensure foster children’s needs are met and help them find a safe, permanent home.

The local CASA’s mission as a part of Lassen Family Services is to provide specially selected and trained community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Lassen County’s juvenile dependency system. The local CASA is a nonprofit program under the umbrella agency of Lassen Family Services that works in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources together to ensure that each child’s best interests are protected until permanency is achieved.

The advocacy focuses on placement, education, mental and medical health and permanency. CASA also hopes to educate the community regarding the great need for CASA volunteers.

According to the association’s website, “We are committed to advocating for each dependent child’s best interests and believe our mission will be accomplished when each dependent child has secured a safe permanent home.”