Enclosed is some very exciting news indeed! More than 5,000 participants and their four-legged companions are expected to walk and run to save lives in the PAWS Chicago 13th Annual Zoetis Run for Their Lives to Benefit Homeless Pets. The run/walk is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 9th from 9:00 a.m. until Noon. It will be held at Montrose Harbor; just east of Montrose Harbor Drive and Simonds Drive intersection. Parking will be available throughout the park.
This marvelous event will be presented by Purina Pro Plan. The event this year is expected to attract a larger crowd than ever before. That means that even more homeless animals will be rescued and cared for!
If you would like to support PAWS Chicago’s mission to build a ‘No Kill’ city, sign up to run or walk. You are even invited to bring your entire family to participate as this is a family-friendly occasion.
The 4K walk portion is pet-friendly while the 8K is a run where you can compete against the clock. You can choose to participate, collect pledges or do both. You will be able to win great prizes while you help PAWS Chicago achieve their goal. If you participate, you will also be able enroll your pet in a costume and trick contest, an agility course or even have a professional photo taken or a caricature drawn of your pet.
Purina will provide additional entertainment by presenting their national dog trainers performing in the dog agility and training stunt show. The Jeff Jenkins Pitbull Show will take place. Lastly, an animal communicator will be present and able to share your pet’s inner-most thoughts.
This annual event is in its 13th season and is very important in the quest to raise funds for PAWS Chicago’s life-saving programs. PAWS Chicago is a national model in animal sheltering, committed to bringing an end to the killing of homeless cats and dogs in our community. Founded in 1997, the number of homeless pets euthanized each year in Chicago has been reduced by 60 percent; from 42,561 to fewer than 18,000! Although the amount has significantly lessened, 18,000 are still way too many animals losing their life for no other purpose than the fact that they are homeless!
This year’s goal for PAWS Chicago is to make certain that they find homes for more than 6,000 pets out of its cageless, state-of-the-art No Kill Adoption and Humane Center. They also plan to perform more than 18,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries in disadvantaged communities through its Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic and through the GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van.
If you would like more information on PAWS Chicago and their programs, you should visit www.pawschicago.org.