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Summer is about over, which means it’s almost time for our favorite, furry Stephen’s Lake Park event, otherwise known as Paws in the Park.  As a client of the Kasmann Insurance Agency, you probably already know Shannon Kasmann. Aside from helping run things at the agency, Shannon jokes that she has a second full-time job as an animal advocate and volunteer.  She has proudly served as a volunteer with Second Chance for more than 15 years, and has been involved with their annual Paws in the Park event for well over a decade.

Bill Kasmann is quite the animal lover, as well, having rescued an additional two pups (Sammy and Pippa) since this time last year.  Because of Shannon and Bill’s enthusiasm for helping animals in need, Kasmann Insurance Agency is proud to once again sponsor Second Chance’s 14th Annual Paws in the Park.  Please note that the event will only be held on Saturday, October 7th from 9am – 4pm at Stephens Lake Park, wrapping up with a 5K run on Sunday morning. This event is free and open to the public and to well-behaved animals on a leash.

Second Chance

Second Chance is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to re-homing unwanted animals in Columbia, MO since 1985.  They take strays, animals from local shelters, and even those given up by their families.  Numerous volunteers help care for healthy, sick or injured, and newborn animals at their shelter near Boonville, or through the help of their many foster homes.  No animals are euthanized at Second Chance, as volunteers passionately try to find homes for each and every pet.

Festival Activities

One way Second Chance raises awareness and funding, is through events such as Paws in the Park.  This year’s festival will once again feature the Dock Dog Diving completion, held for the second year in the lake. Second Chance is pleased to have Big Muddy Dock Dogs as our partner in this nationally promoted tournament. We will once again be hosting a Canine Carnival with games and prizes for your dog and a community-supported silent auction. Join us throughout the day to visit with local business vendors and enjoy refreshments from a selection of food trucks. A 5k race/dog jog sponsored by Tito’s Vodka will be held Sunday morning at 10 am to wrap up this year’s festival.

Interested in Adoption?

For those interested in adding furry members to their families, Second Chance will be featuring many of their adoptable animals on Saturday. They will also be promoting the good work of their fellow animal welfare organizations by inviting other rescues and shelters to bring their animals ready for adoption.  There should be lots of four-legged friends looking for forever homes to choose from!

Contributions by the Kasmann’s

Every agent at Kasmann Insurance Agency loves animals and is a proponent of adopting rescued pets.  Bill and Shannon each enjoy living in Columbia, Missouri and find it essential to give back to this great community. Along with sponsoring several other local events, they are honored to support Paws in the Park each year.  You’ll often find the Kasmann logo associated with the 5K race/dog jog and/or on the walking informational tour set up throughout the park. You can usually bet on running into Shannon while you are there, but you may see our other agents, as well.  Come out to Stephens Lake Park to enjoy some furry inspired fun and say hello if you see a member of the Kasmann team!


Information courtesy of the Paws in the Park Facebook Event page located at: