Is your dog ready?
The 5th annual Bark to the Park Walk for the Animals will be held Saturday in Columbia.
Dogs and their human companions are invited to take part in the one-mile fun walk that will begin at Finlay Park, go through the Congaree Vista, then return to the park for a party.
Festivities will include face-painting and animal contests such as “Best Look-Alike.”
Bark to the Park is a key fundraiser for Pawmetto Lifeline, which works to save homeless pets and curb pet-overpopulation.
Development Director Mary Dell Hayes says the group's mission has been even more successful during the first year at its new pet adoption center along Bower Parkway in the Harbison area.
“We have reached about our 4,000th rescue pulled through our H.E.A.R.T. program, and that's our program that goes into shelters and identifies pets on 'death row' and we transport those animals to different rescues across the country,” Hayes tells WVOC.
“In addition, we have done more than 7,000 spay-neuters in our spay-neuter clinic and we do about 1,500 adoptions every year.”
Participants in Bark to the Park are encouraged to form teams and collect donations prior to the walk.
Those who reach certain fundraising levels will be eligible for prizes ranging from T-shirts to iPads.
Registration is $25 for the walk, which begins at 9:30 Saturday morning.
(Photo courtesy of Pawmetto Lifeline)