The Walk for Animals is Back!

by Kimberly Wade

You asked, we answered. Remember our Walk for Animals, the event we used to hold at Sparks Marina several years ago, where you (and your pets) would raise money for homeless pets, then join us for a two-mile walk and a fun-filled day? Well, it’s back!

Here’s the deal. Normally our Duck Race & Festival is in August, but due to challenges out of our control (a raging Truckee River), we’ve temporarily cancelled that and brought back the Walk! We’ve coined it #SaveTheDucks and #Walk2017 instead!

The Walk for Animals is on Saturday, August 12 (two months away!) from 10am to 2pm at Sparks Marina. Festivities include vendors, food trucks, a carnival and so much more in addition to the walk. You can’t miss it! It’s easy to participate too—simply register online, start fundraising and join us on August 12 for all of the fun! The other cool thing? You can bring your dogs! Yes, this is one of the few events that is for pets too, so we welcome leashed, friendly dogs or other animals if they would enjoy it! In past we’ve seen everything from cats in strollers, to pot-bellied pigs on leashes, to snakes! Just remember, there will be hundreds of dogs there so if your four-legged BFF doesn’t love the excitement and energy of others, you should probably carry a photo of him instead (we’ve seen this too).

Now for the best part. Dick Campagni’s Carson City Toyota has partnered with us to offer a very lucky someone the very best summer gift… a brand new 2017 Toyota Corolla! We’re raffling off this cool car to help our furry friends, and even though the raffle drawing will be at the Walk for Animals, anyone can get a raffle ticket and win! Raffle tickets are $25, available at either of our shelter locations (2825 Longley Lane in Reno or 549 Airport Road in Carson) and Carson City Toyota on South Carson Street. The winner doesn’t need to be present to win so even if you can’t attend the Walk, you still should definitely get a raffle ticket for the new car!

Many of you know we hold several events every year, from family-friendly events like the Walk to a champagne brunch to an evening gala, plus all of the adoption events. All of this is done to raise awareness for homeless pets, and it’s especially important this time of year, when we see hundreds of kittens and puppies coming into the shelter, unwanted and in need of our help. When you support us at these events, of course you have a great time, but really, you’re standing up for homeless pets in Northern Nevada. We offer low-cost spay/neuter services, vaccines, behavior help and more—pet adoptions are only a piece of it. Lately we’ve been reaching out to our smaller shelters in Nevada too, as well as cities like Las Vegas, who need us. They don’t have the same resources that we do, so we’ve been bringing in animals from their shelters, helping them save lives, while delivering to our local community—because you folks love your pets and just keep adopting—and for that, we thank you.

So join us for the Walk for Animals, or any other event, or just visit us… because truly, you are making a difference.


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