Friday, May 15, 2009

Animal Allies to host 17th Annual Walk for Animals on Saturday, May 16

Animal Allies Humane Society (AAHS) of Duluth presents the 17th Annual Walk for Animals on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Bayfront Park at 10:00 am. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Drawings and contests will take place after the walk.

The annual event attracts more than 300 human participants and their companion animals. The route follows the Lakewalk from Bayfront Park , behind the DECC, to Canal Park Inn, and back to Bayfront Park . There will also be a just-for-fun obstacle course, contests for puppy look-alike, best crooner, and best tail wag, and free continental breakfast for all registered walkers.

Walkers raise money through pledges to support Animal Allies. Pledge forms are available by calling (218) 722-9084, or at Last year, walkers raised more than $38,000. All walkers who raise $40 or more receive a t-shirt. Those who collect $100 or more are entered into a special prize drawing for a Cirrus flight for three. Those who collect and/or donate $250 or more will have their pet lead off the walk as a pet grand marshal wearing a special grand marshal vest.

From 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Animal Allies will also microchip pets for $35 per animal. A microchip is a tiny computer chip encoded with identifying information for a pet and its owner, that is painlessly inserted under the pet’s skin. A lost pet with a microchip can be easily scanned for identification and returned to its owner.

Tours of the Neuter Commuter, Animal Allies’ mobile spay/neuter clinic, will also be available.

All proceeds from the 2009 Walk for Animals support the AAHS programs which will this year place more than 1100 homeless animals with adoptive families, spay and neuter more than 3,000 animals, and educate hundreds of area school children in the humane treatment of animals.

The 17th Annual Walk For Animals is presented by Mix 108 and the Northland’s Newscenter.

Animal Allies Humane Society strives to ensure a lifetime of loving care for every pet by reducing overpopulation, increasing adoption, and fostering humane values. AAHS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.