The Animal Welfare Association’s annual Paws and Feet Run 5K Race and Doggie Fun Day is set! It’s time for dogs to grab their best friends and join us on Saturday, May 18 at Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill.
The AWA counts on the money raised from the event to provide shelter and medical care to more than 2,000 homeless dogs and cats AWA adopts out each year. Last year, animal lovers and members of the community help raise $72,000 for the animals making it the highest grossing event in AWA history.
“This year, the goal is set for $100k,” shares Maria Clarke, AWA’s Events and Business Relations Manager. “Paws and Feet is growing in scope and participation every year with hundreds of runners and walkers coming out to support the mission of the AWA” says Clarke. “We need your help to reach our goal.”
After the race/walk, fundraising teams can participate in the “AWA Games” while others can grab a bite to eat, participate in doggie fun activities, or take a stroll through “Vendor Valley” for some pet-related shopping and view adoptable animals from non-profit animal shelters and rescue groups in “Rescue Lane.”
There will also be a series of educational workshops, including an ER preparedness segment provided by Red Bank Veterinary Hospital.
Others helping “bark up the event” are The Jersey Disc Devils and their High Flying K-9 Athletes. Watch six of their performance dogs soar through the air for flying discs or whip through the agility course. Dogs and their best friends can enter the 6-legged races, bob for hot dogs, play musical sit, and more. AWA will also be celebrating its 65th year of serving the community with a birthday celebration at 1 p.m. complete with doggie and human cakes, doggie ice cream and a present for our four-legged participants. The day will not be complete without the annual pet contests featuring best costume, best kisser, cutest couple and peanut butter lickin’.
Want to be a part of the fun? Please register online at: www.awanj.org or contact our Events and Business Relations Manager at 424–2288 ext. 113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.