It’s time to lace up those sneakers, grab a leash and your canine companion and walk for a cause. The Humane Society of Knox County (HSKC) is gearing up for its annual Whisker Walk and Family Fun Day, formerly Fur n Foliage Dog Walk, on September 15th, by calling on all animal lovers to walk as individuals or to form “packs” and raise funds in support of providing medical care and finding homes for homeless pets in our community. To join, simply register online at www.firstgiving.com/hskcme and create your own fundraising page, or pick up a pledge sheet at the shelter and start asking friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to support you in making a difference. Everyone is welcome. Walkers may walk with or without their canine companion (or in honor of a pet). Registrants will receive a commemorative 2012 Whisker Walk t-shirt and prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising individuals(adult and youth) and top pack.
The event kicks off with a walk from the new event location, Harbor Park in Rockland, through down town including a leisurely stroll on the scenic boardwalk ending at the pet festival where there is something for everyone. The event is much more than a dog walk. This year’s festival will include an agility course and demonstration, a variety of vendors, informational booths and crafters, Ask the Trainer sponsored by K-9 Solutions Training, Doggy Day Spa and micro-chipping, a pet communicator, local rescue groups, raffles and fun pet contests. There will also be live music throughout the day from the Rusty Hinges, and Sam Grinnell and food and beverages from Matt and Reena’s Italian Street Food Cart , 4M Productions, and Sweet Treats. Bring the kids because there will be plenty of games and activities including a bouncy house and balloon animals from Just Jump’n, face painting, arts & crafts, photos with Santa and much more.
Join HSKC on September 15th for an exciting day filled with fun and games while raising money and awareness for the thousand plus animals that HSKC cares for each year. Registration opens at 9:30 and the walk starts at 10:30 and the festivities run until 2:00 p.m. For more information visit www.hskcme.org or call 594-2200. This year’s top sponsors are Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, Rockland Animal Hospital and Machias Savings Bank. Supporting sponsors are Loyal Biscuit Co., Huston Tuttle, Lonza, pdqphoto, All Creatures Veterinary Hospital, Sargent Lock & Safe, George C. Hall & Sons, Maritime Energy, Rockland Savings Bank, Dowling Walsh Gallery and Rock City Cafe.
About the Humane Society of Knox County
The Humane Society of Knox County was founded in 1989 to provide care, protection and loving homes for abandoned and homeless companion animals in the Midcoast Maine area. The Society supports activities advocating responsible pet ownership and the prevention of abuse and cruelty, and it sponsors events and activities that promote the health and welfare of animals and demonstrate the benefits of the human-animal bond. Since 1991, the Society has operated a shelter located on Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston. The Shelter is open between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays. HSKC provides animal support services to the towns of: Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville, Tenants Harbor, S. Thomaston, Spruce Head, Hope, Union, Appleton, Montville, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, and Morrill. For more information contact: 594-2200.