The Nevada Humane Society is asking animal lovers to help raise $100,000 to provide care for homeless dogs and cats in our community by participating in the Walk for Animals on June 7 at the Sparks Marina.
The event includes a two-mile fun walk where your leashed pets can join you, demonstrations by High Desert Dive Dogs and Reno Police Department K-9s. Musical entertainment by the Nevada Bluegrass Association and the popular DeFABulators, raffle prizes, and tasty refreshments will also be available. Face painting, balloon art by Beeper the Clown, pet photos, and pet contests can be enjoyed by the whole family too.
Exciting prizes will be awarded for the top five fundraisers for the Walk and also for pet contests, including the most unusual pet tricks, the best dressed pets, and pets who most resemble their people.
“Thousands of homeless dogs, cats and other animals count on us to provide lifesaving care and find loving homes for them,” said Bonney Brown, Executive Director of Nevada Humane Society. “Last year, we provided care and found new homes for over 8,000 animals and even more will need assistance this year. The average cost to save each animal is $260.”
The goal of the Walk is to raise $100,000 for the animals. Walkers are asked to seek sponsors and each walker will receive a bag filled with goodies. Prizes are offered for those raising at least $30 including Walk for Animals T-shirts featuring art by Pickles artist, Brian Crane. Additional prizes will be awarded to people who raise at least $100, including Ipod Shuffles for walkers who raise $250 or more.
This Walk event is made possible by all of the wonderful walkers and the following generous businesses of our community – PetFolio, Wal-Mart, IGT, Mars Petcare, Bank of America, Veterinary Ventures, and PetSmart.
The Walk for Animals will be held on June 7 regardless of weather. Registration runs from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, while Walk and other festivities begin at 9 a.m. Free parking at the Sparks Marina (300 Howard Drive) and free shuttle service from Reed High School (1350 Baring Blvd.) will be available.
Walk brochures can be obtained by downloading from the Nevada Humane Society, calling NHS at 775-856-2000 ext. 332, or visiting Nevada Humane Society at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno, NV 89502.
*About Nevada Humane Society*
Nevada Humane Society is a nonprofit, charitable organization founded in 1932. Our mission is to find homes and provide care for homeless animals and to bring people and animals together to maintain Washoe County as a no-kill community.