Take time Mar. 3 to ‘paws’ and Walk for the Animals

Take time Mar. 3 to 'paws' and Walk for the Animals
Take time Mar. 3 to 'paws' and Walk for the Animals
Huskies from Team Wolfpack Miami are pictured at last year’s event.

The Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Walk for the Animals will bring more than 3,000 animal lovers and their dogs to Bayfront Park for a fun-filled morning on Saturday, Mar. 3. The event brings friends, families, companies and clubs together to help raise much-needed funds to benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Miami.

During the Walk for the Animals, going the extra mile to support our furry friends is literally a “walk in the park.” Starting at 8:30 a.m., people and dogs of all ages will enjoy a morning filled with entertainment, including a one mile walk around beautiful Bayfront Park; fun games; exciting raffles with fabulous prizes, and seriously amusing people and doggie contests like the “Look-Alike” and “Best Kisser” contests. At 9:30 a.m., the Top Dog, Top Pack and Top Pup Packs will be announced and awarded for their amazing fundraising efforts, which all go back 100 percent to helping the animals.

Make a stop at the Doggie Fun Zone with your pet, where he/she will become an instant track star in the exciting agility course. This enclosed doggie racetrack has hurdles and tight corners for your dog to show off his/her athletic skills and dazzle the crowd with his/her speed and agility. Don’t have a dog? No problem. The Walk for the Animals will have many fun, carnival style games with sweet prizes, not to mention a jaw-dropping performance by the Purina ProPlan Performance Team. Prepare to be amazed by this talented group of pups who will stun you with incredible tricks.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez is the grand marshal for the first time and NBC6 meteorologist Ryan Phillips will emcee the event for the 10th year. Joining Phillips on the main stage once again is 101.5 LITE FM’s morning anchor, Julie Guy.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.; contests will take place at 9:30 a.m., and the brisk picturesque stroll around the park, with or without a dog, begins at 10 a.m. You may walk as an individual or get your friends, family and coworkers together to form a pack. For all those who are looking for a furry addition to add to the family, you definitely will want to pass by the “Adoption Arena,” where adoptables from local rescue groups will be waiting to meet their forever families.

“The Walk for the Animals is a feel-good event that brings everyone together to help raise money to help care for the more than 400 homeless cats and dogs every day at our Soffer and Fine Adoption Center, Audrey Love Intake and Quarantine Pavilion, and in our foster care program,” said Laurie Hoffman, executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “It is great to see so many different groups of people come out with their pets and show their support.”

For more information or to register for the event, visit www.WalkForTheAnimalsMiami.com or call 305-749-1825.

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