Pet season has begun!
No matter the weather, it’s time to get out and about with your furry friends and support the animals in the community.
Several great organizations helping animals have their biggest fundraisers in the months ahead.
Check out this roster of paw-some walk/run events to get started:
Walk/Run for the Animals
Sat., May 6, 7:30am-Noon at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA * Party in the park with over 2,000 people and more than 1,000 dogs to support the Humane Society for SW Washington. Choose a timed 5K run or 3-mile walk along the beautiful Columbia River. Dozens of pet-friendly vendors, dog agility demos, awards and fun for you and your dog. Plus, Mosho, the cat rapper performs live! Details/register SouthwestHumane.org.
Doggie Dash 2017
Sat., May 13, 7:30am-1pm at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, OR * Portland’s biggest party for pets and their peeps celebrates 30 years! That’s totally tubular! Fun run or walk from two different routes and support the animals at Oregon Humane Society. There is also a virtual walk and dashers are encouraged to wear their finest 1987 attire! Vendors, contests, live music and more round out this incredible morning of fun. Details/register OregonHumane.org.
Bark in the Park
Sun., May 21, 7am-Noon at Alton Baker Park in Eugene, OR * On your marks, get set, GO! Leash up for a 5K run or 2K walk at the 24th annual event for the animals at Greenhill Humane Society. Enter as an individual or a team and get a sweet doggie bandana with registration. The line-up of fun also includes canine activities, contests, vendor booths, demos and more. Details/register Green-Hill.org.
WillaMutt Strut 2017
Sun., June 4, 9am-Noon at Riverfront Park in Salem, OR * Grab some friends and leash up the pups for the pets at Willamette Humane Society. Choose from the ambitious 5K (run or walk) or the more casual 1K strut. Afterwards, join other passionate pet people in the park for food, brews, music, games, demos and more fun. Family-friendly, group-friendly and of course, dog-friendly event! Details/register WHS4Pets.org.
Dog Gone Run
Sat., June 17, 7am-1pm at Friends of Sam Jackson Park in Redmond, OR * Dog-friendly 5K or 10K run/walk supports the Brightside Animal Center and encourages participants to get out with their buddies although it’s not a requirement. This year, a 1-mile fun walk will be introduced for families and their pets. Awards given for fastest finishers overall in each age division. Details/register BrightsideAnimals.org.
Lace up your walking shoes and let’s go!
Fetch all the pet-related fun by visiting the Good Neighbor Vet Furry FunPlanner and tune in to KPSU radio every Thursday at 6:05pm.