Walk for the Animals, presented by Pet Supermarket, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, at Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd.) and is an exciting and worthwhile activity for the entire family and, of course, dogs.
Walk for the Animals is the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s largest annual community fundraiser. More than 4,000 animal lovers will gather together for a morning filled with fun activities for dogs and the people they own.
This year the event will be adding an “Adoption Center,” sponsored by Pet Supermarket, where local rescue groups are invited to bring their puppies, kittens, cats and dogs so many loving and permanent homes can be found. All adoptable pets will be spayed/neutered, microchipped and up to date with vaccines.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally A. Heyman is the grand marshal and NBC6 meteorologist Ryan Phillips will emcee the event for the fifth year. There will be funfilled activities for the entire family, including all of our furry friends. Sponsors will be offering music, games, prizes, product samples, and great food. There will be a special Bakery Tent filled with mouthwatering pastries to be enjoyed with a fabulous cup of Coffee Brake coffee.
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and entertainment will be provided from 9 a.m. until noon. The one-mile stroll around the park (with or without a dog) begins at 10 a.m. The minimum donation for an individual walker is $50 and includes a Walk T-shirt, a goodie bag and doggie bandana. Or, form a pack (team) with your family and friends and receive personalized pack goodies. Big Dog Packs are for walkers 18 years of age and older and Proud Pup Packs are for those under 18. The Pack raising the most money will be recognized at the event with a special surprise.
“Every dollar raised from the Walk goes toward sheltering more than 300 homeless cats and dogs in our care every day,” said Donna Tallon, Humane Society executive director. “In addition, the funds help support our spay/neuter services, quality adoptions, humane education and pet therapy.”