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Neenah golf course allowing golfers to bring their dogs for event to help local animal shelter

NEENAH, Wis. (CBS 58/WBAY) -- A golf course in Neenah is giving back to a local animal shelter this summer in a unique way. 

It's called "Ruff in the Rough," where participants can spend each Sunday golfing with their furry friends. 

"They have a new program, where you can bring your dog with on Sundays to golf with you, so then, kind of as a favor to the shelter, they have allowed us to come out with some of our shelter dogs who are looking for homes," said Ellen Pichler, Shelter Coordinator at Neenah Animal Shelter. 

The owner of the course said he wants to give back to the community that has given him so much. 

"The community has been really good to us, as a golf course and so we want to give back. And dog lovers are golfers. They don't get the chance to come out and play and bring their pet. So, we just thought it would be kind of a cool idea," said Rory Burton, owner of Westridge Golfing Course. 

Any dog owner can bring their dog to the course, small or large. For every golfer, their course will give five dollars to the shelter which the shelter coordinator says will help a lot in the long run. 

"It means a lot for us, especially to help promote adoptions. We are a very small shelter right here in Neenah on County Road G and a lot of people don't even know we're there. So, having other businesses reach out, let us come out to them, really helps the animals." Pichler said. 

Organizers for the fundraiser say they hope they can help find good homes for some four-legged friends. 

"The last time they were out here, they were able to get two dogs rescued and found them placement right away. We're trying to make people aware that they need help and get people pets," Burton said. 

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