Tuesday, March 11, 2014

22nd Annual Walk with the Animals

This Saturday, March 15th, 2014, is the 22nd Annual Walk with the Animals.  This yearly walk is put on by the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center in Riverside, to help raise much needed funds to support their animal-saving efforts.

“Over the past 5 years we’ve placed more than 6,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in forever homes,” Says the pet adoption center; but like most non-profit animal shelters, it takes a lot of community support to make that possible.

If you are not a big walker or marathon runner, don’t worry because this event will literally be a walk in the park.  The full amount of the walk is 1.3 miles around scenic Lake Evans at Fairmount Park in Riverside.  Participants can walk at their own pace with no time pressure, so you can bring your whole family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone you meet on the way to the event for that matter. 

Even if you can’t physically be present at the walk, you can help by donating online.  In fact, all participants are encouraged to raise money for the cause.  The top fundraisers will win prizes, like an ipad, along with a commemorative brick to be installed at the pet adoption center’s Celebration Walkway.

Participants are asked to only bring healthy pets to the walk that are friendly toward dogs, other animals, and people.  All pets must be kept on a 6 foot leash (or shorter) and kept under control at all times.  For the safety of all pets, please be sure your participating pet is current on vaccinations (such as Rabies), wearing their license and ID tags, and are over the age of 4 months.

You can pre-register online at petsadopton.org to reserve your free t-shirt and goodie bag. You can also visit that site to create your personal fundraising page or create a Dog Pack (a group of 5 or more participants).   If you don’t pre-register in time you can still register on-site the day of the event.  Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. followed by a continental breakfast and the start of the walk at 9:00 a.m. K-9 demonstrations will take place after the walk, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy some fresh air with your dog and everyone you know this weekend at the Fairmount Park in Riverside.  For more information check out www.petsadoption.org or call 951-688-4340 ext. 313.      

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