Doggy Dash to Help Homeless Animals

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dogBy Terry Rogers

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, Mispillion Fitness will host the First Annual Doggie Dash 5k at Mispillion River Brewing. The event is a fundraiser for Paws of Tomorrow, Inc., an organization that provides foster homes, food, shelter and veterinary care for homeless pets. Adrian Shane, who is organizing the event with her husband, Steve, a part-owner and manager of Mispillion Fitness, said that they decided to do the event due to their love of animals.

“It is my understanding that this organization had to close for a while due to funding,” Ms. Shane said. “When we decided to do this event, we reached out to Sherry Shupe at Fur-Baby and she suggested partnering with them. They do such a great job of finding forever homes for these dogs and placing them in temporary, loving homes rather than in cages, that we felt we should do something to help.”

The event, which will be held at Mispillion Brewing, is a 5k run and one mile walk. Participants are encouraged to bring their dogs for the walk and there will be doggie drinking stations set up throughout the course. Paws of Tomorrow will be at the event as well with some of the dogs they have available for adoption.

“There is a process you must go through to adopt a dog,” Ms. Shane said. “You would not be able to take the dog home that day, but you could begin the process to give a homeless animal a forever home.” Each participant in the race will receive a tote bag, donated by Fur-Baby, filled with a t-shirt, Frisbee and tennis ball for their dog as well as one beer ticket good for the Post Race Pint Party to be held at Mispillion Brewing after the race is over. Abbott’s Grill will be providing food for the after-party as well.

Ms. Shane says that A Latte Soul will be on hand in the morning, serving muffins and coffee prior to the race and Haven Lake Animal Hospital will have a table there with information available. The top three runners in each category will receive a medal.

Paws of Tomorrow is a 501c3 non-profit group whose mission is to rescue, provide sanctuary and re-home abandoned, stray and neglected animals. They work with kill shelters in order to pull dogs that may not find a home otherwise. They also try to locate dogs that have been cast away by owners or those whose owners are unable to keep them any longer. They list dogs available for fostering and for adoption on their website. Foster homes are asked to provide food, water, training and exercise as well as the unconditional love and affection a dog needs. They work with Paws of Tomorrow to find the dog a forever home, attend events and help screen potential adoptive families.

According to their website, Paws of Tomorrow is not a shelter, but is an animal rescue that works with shelters to save dogs who are on “death row.” An adoption application is required and can be completed online. A veterinary reference is required and volunteers meet with potential families in person to be sure the dog is a good fit for the family. There are fees involved as the organization pays for all veterinary care, transport and shelter fees for the pets.

You must register for the Mispillion Fitness Doggie Dash 5k by Thursday, July 21, 2016. Registration can be completed at www.races2run.com. To learn more about Paws of Tomorrow, visit www.pawsoftomorrow.dog.

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