Paws and Claws on Ice Saturday

Jennifer Schmitz-Swenning, a former Olympic and professional figure skater and board member of the Francis R. Willis SPCA, has put together the second annual Paws and Claws on Ice, a fundraiser for the Francis R. Willis SPCA.

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The second annual Paws and Claws on Ice Spectacular, a unique fundraiser for the Francis R. Willis SPCA, will not only feature all the excitement and pageantry of a traditional figure skating show, it will also feature – and help – a lot of homeless pets.

Scheduled from 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carolina Ice Palace, the show will include performances by internationally acclaimed figure skaters and local talent alike. The show will also give the public an opportunity to meet various dogs up for adoption, receive information on various Lowcountry animal rescue groups and get out on the ice and skate.

The event is the brainchild of Jennifer Schmitz-Swenning, a former Olympic and professional figure skater and board member of the Francis R. Willis SPCA.

“I wanted to do something that would be a little different, a little unique,” she said. “There will be figure skating from world-class skaters, comedy, music and we are going to get the dogs out on the ice again to perform.”

In addition, music by Eric Palmer, singing by Heather Corson and refreshments from the Junior Service League will be featured.

As Swenning still has many friends and contacts in the world of professional skating, she has been fortunate enough to get some truly world-class talent for the show – and they are all donating their time and talent, she noted.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under 5 will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the Frances R. Willis SPCA, The SPCA Thrift Store, All is Well, Ink to Go and will also be available at the door. All proceeds benefit the Summerville animal shelter.

Doors for the Paws and Claws on Ice Spectacular will open at 3:30 p.m. The Charleston Dog Training Club will be on hand before and after the show to demonstrate helpful hints for canine obedience and agility training and there will be free skating and skate rental after the show.

SPCA and rescue group representatives will be on hand with animals that are up for adoption and will provide information about local animal shelters and pet adoption. They will also accept donations of pet food during the event.

For more information on the show, sponsorships or the SPCA, contact board member Mark Eckels at 814-2911.