Dog Walk Promises Howlin’ Good Time Returns | Community Spirit
More than 3,000 dog lovers and precious pooches will gather for the 31st annual Dog Walk & K-9 Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at Vicksburg’s Prairie View Park.
The popular event, sponsored by the Kalamazoo Humane Society, features dock jumping, disc competitions, an obstacle course and much more, along with children’s activities, pet adoptions and pet microchipping. It is KHS’s biggest fundraiser of the year, aiming to raise $75,000 in vital support for its programs.
"Whether you’re a dog owner, dog lover or just looking for a fun family event, the Dog Walk is the place to be," said Aaron Winters, executive director of KHS.
Food, music and pet-product vendors will be on hand as well, Winters added.
The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with the Doggie Dash Obstacle Course as the first competition. The Ultimate Air Dogs Dock Jumping begins at 10 a.m. along with the Skyhoundz Hyperflite Flying Disc Competition. At 12:30 p.m. is the Crazy Pet Contest to select Best Singer/Talker, Best Dressed, Dog/Owner Look-Alike, Cutest Dog, and Most Attractively Challenged. The event concludes at 2 p.m.
In addition its social aspects, the Dog Walk & K-9 Festival serves an important educational role for the Kalamazoo Humane Society, Winters said.
"People learn about the important services the Kalamazoo Humane Society offers, from Operation Fix-It, which has provided more than 50,000 low-cost spay and neuter services, to our emergency food bank, which feeds an average of 500 pets every day," he said.
A new video by KHS highlights these and other services, as well as KHS’s 118-year history. It’s available on YouTube at http://bit.ly/1EVDVny
Dog Walk participants can register online at www.kazoohumane.org/dogwalk, by calling 269-345-1181, or at the KHS office, 4239 S. Westnedge Ave., in Kalamazoo.