Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Paws in the Park dog walk and festival, one of the largest dog walks in the DC area. As a signature special event of the Montgomery County Humane Society, held in partnership with the City of Gaithersburg, it raises funds to help homeless and abandoned animals throughout Montgomery County.
This year’s event will take place on Sunday, April 28, from noon to 4 p.m. at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Fredrick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, next to Gaithersburg High School.
The fun-filled afternoon includes a 1-mile walk for dogs and people, pet games, prizes, demos, rescue groups, a “flealess” market with over 50 pet-friendly vendors, food, music and more.
Registered walkers are encouraged to invite friends to support them through online donations. Supporters can sign on individually or by forming a team that includes family and friends, favorite breed groups, rescue organizations, companies, teams to honor or remember a pet – even the family cat. Entrance fees are $20 for an individual or $35 for a family.
To register and start fund-raising online, visit http://www.firstgiving.com/mchsmd. Participants also can register on-site the day of the event.
Fun for the whole family, Paws in the Park helps hundreds of animals awaiting their forever homes. Proceeds support MCHS's life-saving programs that protect and care for unwanted, abandoned and abused animals – everything from dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs, to reptiles, birds and others. Contributions make a difference in the animals’ lives as well as assist the people who love them. Programs include veterinary care, off-site adoption events, animal rescue, pet retention and pet bereavement workshops, foster homes, humane education, behavior advice, affordable spay/neuter, and a network of approximately 200 partnering rescue groups.
About the Montgomery County Humane Society:
The Montgomery County Humane Society in Rockville, MD, is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that has provided animal sheltering services for Montgomery County since 1958. MCHS receives funds to operate the Montgomery County Animal Shelter under a grant from the Montgomery County Government and from private donations. As the only full-service animal shelter in the county, MCHS handled approximately 8,200 animals in FY2012, and, as an open admission shelter, never turns an animal away. Programs and services include adoption, foster care, lost and found, rescue, education, and volunteering. Visit www.mchumane.org to learn more, or call 240-773-5960 option 4. Hours to visit with the animals are weekdays, noon-7 p.m., and weekends, noon-5 p.m.; closed Wednesdays.
About the City of Gaithersburg:
In Gaithersburg, Maryland you’ll find an excitingly diverse population of just over 64,000 people living in a wide range of housing types in warm, welcoming neighborhoods. We’re home to world-renowned information and biotechnology companies, and throughout the community you’ll find unique family-owned restaurants and businesses. With more than 500 acres of parkland, award-winning recreational facilities and programs, performing arts venues, and a staunch commitment to protecting the environment, it’s no surprise that Gaithersburg was recently ranked #23 on CNN/Money Magazine’s national list of Best Places to Live. Learn more at www.gaithersburgmd.gov.