One Week Until We All Walk for Animals

by Kimberly Wade

I know I’ve mentioned this once already, but with the countdown on (one week!) I had to mention it again. Our Walk for Animals is back! Next Saturday, August 12, at the Sparks Marina, hundreds (hopefully thousands) of you will be joining myself along with several other NHS staff and volunteers to take the two-mile fun walk around the Marina to raise money and awareness for homeless pets. We can’t wait!

You may remember that our Duck Race & Festival is normally in August, but we were advised months ago by the City of Reno to not go into the water, so we had to quickly cancel that and come up with another fundraiser in its place. To make it easy, we brought back the Walk for Animals. However, many of you have expressed concern with the heat. Well, Mother Nature forced us to cancel the Duck Race and now her heat may also be cause for concern at the Walk. Never fear, we’re pushing forward and we will be there, with plenty of kiddie pools, tents, drinking water, a doggie spa and more (not to mention there’s a big lake to splash in) to keep both humans and dogs cool. We have got to be here for our furry friends at all costs and given we didn’t have a big choice for date or time for this event, we went with it. We hope you will too.

After my article last week about keeping our pets’ safe in the heat, we understand that the Walk for Animals is going to be hot. We’re doing the rain dance to bring cooler weather, but please also know that you don’t have to bring your dogs, and as humans, you can prepare, by bringing water, strapping one of those cool hiking packs on that stays cold, wearing breathable clothing, and yes, getting in the Marina. The event must still be a success, and we’re counting on your help to get us there—because after all, everything raised goes right back to benefit our homeless pets at Nevada Humane Society.

So since you’re ready to tackle the weather, here’s the deal. The event is from 10am to 2pm at Sparks Marina. Festivities include vendors, food trucks, a carnival and more. The Walk itself is at 11am. To participate, simply register online (online closes at 11:59pm on August 10) or in person either the day before, August 11 from 11am to 6pm at Nevada Humane Society in Reno, or the day of, from 10am to 11:30am at the Sparks Marina. Once you register, start fundraising and join us for all of the fun! It may be good to know that we also have a Cat Napper registration for people who want to participate but can’t be there—this allows you to donate to our team of volunteers who will be walking our shelter dogs.

Rain or shine, we are ready for the Walk for Animals. Events like this help all of our animals, from those that need extra medical care or spay/neuter services, to those that need a new home. Events like this provide food, warm bedding, daily TLC and so much more, so that we can be here for our community and our homeless pets. That means when you participate in the Walk for Animals, you too are making a difference. So… will we see you there?

P.S. To register online click here or if you have other event questions please call 775-856-2000 ext. 320.


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