LEXINGTON The Humane Society of Richland County will be holding its annual Strut Your Mutt Dog Walk fundraiser on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lexington Community Park. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. at the Humane society registration table; pet owners may register to walk anytime during the event. Participants are asked to collect pledges to walk their dogs while donating all proceeds to the Humane Society of Richland County. The walk is two miles and will be surrounded by the Canine Festival full of activities including a pet blessing, dog show contests, pet service demonstrations, games, live music provided by RadioU, food and prizes. There will also be pet photography available by Craig Goetz, CPP, of Yesteryear Photography Studio.
Owners and their dogs will have a chance to compete for Best Outfit and Best in Show (hair, markings, trick, etc.) in the dog show contest. The cost is $10 per category per pet to compete and their will be a winner and a runner-up for each category. Prizes, including local business contributions and a Strut Your Mutt t-shirt, will be awarded to those who donate to the cause. A prize will be awarded for the persons who donate the most money in two age groups, 14 and under and 15 and above. Prizes and raffle winners will be awarded at 1 p.m.. Additionally, a certified Humane Agent and shelter manager will be at the event microchipping animals for a fee of $20 per pet.
The Humane Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding homes for the homeless animals of Richland County. Volunteers and staff members strive to improve the lives of the animals in the area in hopes of controlling the pet overpopulation problem. These efforts include vaccinating, testing, spaying/neutering, and microchipping all animals prior to adoption, which also helps provide for the animal a chance for a healthier life. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Richland County in its efforts in helping animals and funding a new shelter that is better equipped to assist animals in need. The new facility will be located at 3025 Park Ave. W., Mansfield.