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PetsWalk is marching, prancing and galloping its way to Poulsbo

The Kitsap Humane Society’s Annual PetsWalk is moving its county-wide event from the Kitsap County Fairgrounds to downtown Poulsbo and adding a 5K Run this year.

On July 12, at 9 a.m., the walk and run will begin from 6th Ave. and Harrison St., just north of Lions Park, and conclude at the Waterfront Park in downtown Poulsbo.

The event at the waterfront will last until 1 p.m.

Pet lovers can begin signing up today by logging onto the Kitsap Humane Society website. All proceeds from PetsWalk help homeless pets at the Humane Society.  Participants can ask family, friends and co-workers to contribute pledges for their 1K or 5K run/walk for the animals.

The  Kitsap Humane Society’s website offers details on prizes awarded for different fundraising levels. Those who raise $300 can walk with a shelter dog. Walking with a shelter dog is limited to the first 10 walkers with $300 collected. Prizes are based on pledges raised by July 12.

For the 5K “Gallop” – the run and our 5K/1K “Stroll” – the walk, participants must register online or by registration form. The entry fee is $15 for adults and $5 for kids. T-shirts are an additional $5 each.

Other event highlights will feature kids’ activities, kids dash, small dog races, microchip clinic (cost is $30), costume contest and parade, adoptable animals, music and more.

Kitsap Humane Society encourages pet owners to bring along pets of all types ( no livestock), breeds, age and beauty to scamper, amble, march and meander along the walk. (All animals must be restrained with leashes or harnesses and owners should use their best judgment as to their pets’ ability to be in close contact with other animals.)  Walkers do not need to have a pet to participate.

Vendors offering pet products and supplies, music, animal exhibits and demonstrations will round out the activities throughout the day.

Kitsap Humane Society is a private, non-profit, charitable organization that has been caring for animals in need since 1908. KHS admits over 4,200 animals per year and has a 93 percent lives-saved rate, one of the highest in the United States.  KHS’ vision is that every adoptable companion animal has a home. For more information, visit kitsap-humane.org.

Participants of all ages are invited to pledge or donate at kitsap-humane.org/petswalk-2014 and create their own PetsWalk web page.

 

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