On Saturday, July 23, Mispillion Fitness hosted the inaugural Doggie Dash 5k at Mispillion River Brewing. The event was a fundraiser for Paws of Tomorrow, Inc., an organization that provides foster homes, food, shelter and veterinary care for homeless pets. Owners of Mispillion Fitness, a 24/7 fitness center that offers members a variety of classes for all fitness levels, said that they decided to do the event due to their love of animals.
“Dogs are near and dear to my heart,” said Steve Shane, owner of Mispillion Fitness. “These dogs get neglected and often times these rescue organizations struggle to make ends meet. We hope this creates some great exposure for the rescue and that a couple dogs get adopted today.”
The inaugural event went “better than expected” said event organizers with over 130 runners, some in tow with their own dogs that joined them for the Doggie Mile. “Everyone seems to be happy and we are happy to celebrate a good cause,” said Shane.
Paws of Tomorrow brought several foster dogs and many runners were seen filling out paperwork to adopt dogs and become foster parents. Paws of Tomorrow, a 501c3 non-profit group whose mission is to rescue, provide sanctuary and re-home abandoned, stray and neglected animals, works 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.
“These dogs come from such horrible places but even when they come from such bad places they can before fantastic dogs,” said April Fells, President of Paws of Tomorrow. “We need fosters desperately and you can go to our website to become one.”
Foster homes are asked to provide food, water, training and exercise as well as the unconditional love and affection a dog needs. Foster families work with Paws of Tomorrow to find the dog a forever home, attend events and help screen potential adoptive families.
“It a great way that you can basically do a test run on the dogs,” said Fells. “If you think you want to adopt a dog, you can foster and you will know for sure if they will fit your home.” Adoption and fostering applications along with photos of adoptable dogs can be found at http://www.pawsoftomorrow.dog.
Event organizers were pleased to see so many adoptable dogs interacting with runners and plan to make the Doggie Dash an annual event. “If we adopt one dog today I will deem it a success,” said Shane.
Mispillion Fitness is a 24/7 fitness center that offers members a variety of classes for all fitness levels. Anyone interested in learning more about membership, classes and individual and group training opportunities at Mispillion Fitness should call 302-422-4442 or stop in the gym, located in the Riverwalk Shopping Center near Abbott’s Grill.
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