Hundreds of people - and their pooches - are expected to walk or run the 1-mile or 5K course at the Walk for the Animals, one of the region’s premier pet lover’s events, in an effort to raise $50,000 to benefit YHS. The event features a 5K and one-mile fun walk, the NEW Magic 99.1 Strut Your Mutt contest, activities, a “Barketplace” of vendor booths, an animal wellness tent offering low-cost vaccinations and microchips, face painting, music, prizes, and much more! Four-legged walkers on leashes are also welcome.
Registration is $35 until April 24 and $40 on event day. Event gates open at 7:30 a.m. at the opening howl and 5K begins at 9:00 a.m. Dress up your pooch and enter the Strut Your Mutt contest for just $5 when you register for the walk. Youth walkers (11-17) are only $20, and kids 10 and younger can walk with a registered walker for free. Even people who don’t want to walk can raise money and save lives by becoming a “Lazy Dog” and sleeping in on walk day.
All proceeds benefit the Yavapai Humane Society, which saves thousands of homeless pets in our community. YHS’ no-kill ethic means that otherwise healthy and loving animals are given a chance to find their forever homes. Its 97-percent live release rate is one of the highest, not only in Arizona, but the nation.
“A popular and fast-growing event, the Walk for the Animals is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the human and animal bond with fellow pet lover’s,” said Ed Boks, YHS executive director. “It’s especially fun to invite friends, family and co-workers to walk with you as members of your pack.”
Walkers can sign up as an individual walker, leader of a pack, pack member or lazy dog at www.yavapaihumane.org/walk . Patricipants are asked to seek pledges, and prizes are offered for those raising $35 or more, including a hiking water bottle, a cooling dog harness, a ‘paw’esome jacket, and more. The highest fundraiser of the Walk will also be crowned king or queen of the walk and will receive a spa day at Spiritual Oasis.
The Walk for Animals will help provide necessary funding for the more than 3,000 animals that will be treated at their shelter in 2014. YHS not only cares for homeless pets, but also offers high-quality, low-cost spay and neuter surgeries as well as vaccines at our spay/neuter and wellness clinic, a humane education program, a safety net program to keep people and pets together as a family, and more. As a private entity, YHS is not affiliated with any other agency, including Arizona Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States. YHS receives no funding from local or national governments, instead relying entirely on the generosity of the community.
The 3rd Annual Walk for the Animals is sponsored by Renewal by Andersen, Olsen’s, Great Circle Media, Yavapai Broadcasting, 24PetWatch, Dogpatch Studios, Whiskers Barkery, Full Swing Sports Center, Jeff Brooks CPA, Papa Murphy’s of Prescott, Whiskey Row Screen Printing, and other pet loving businesses. For vendor and sponsorship information and opportunities visit www.yavapaihumane.org/walk.
Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting and protecting the health, safety and welfare of all animals. YHS has served Yavapai County communities for more than 40 years and employs a no-kill ethic in its treatment of animals. Its 97 percent live-release rate is one of the highest in the nation. YHS has a shelter and pet adoption center in Prescott, a Cat Adoption Center in PetSmart, a Thrift Shop, and a separate spay/neuter clinic offering low-cost spay/neuters and low-cost vaccinations. For more information, visit yavapaihumane.org.