Puppy power…

Crossfit owner Elliot Laden hugs a furry friend and Danielle Poulin displays a certificate of appreciation for Crossfit’s $400 donation to the Humane Society.

Plainville businesses have turned their attention towards the canine residents with a couple of doggy events. On Saturday, Sept. 7, Plainville’s Crossfit, below, held a WOOF-apalooza to raise money for the Meriden Humane Society. Last Saturday, Agway on the Plainville-Southington line held a Bark-BQ event with dog adoptions and a Help Willy’s Friends fundraiser to support local animal shelters.

Photos by JANELLE MORELLI

Mark Paturzo, founder of Help Willy’s Friends poses with the organization’s mascot. Help Willy’s Friends raises money for local shelters in memory of Paturzo’s late dog, Willy.