Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Humane Society Plans Dog Walk

September 24, 2018

Furry friends and their owners soon will descend on Riverside Park for the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin's annual Dog Walk.

This year's walk will be from 9 a.m. - noon on Oct. 6.

Check-in and day of registration will begin at 9 a.m., with the walk beginning at 10 a.m.

DeShawn Christiansen, donor relations and shelter operations coordinator, said this one of the humane society's biggest fundraising events of the year.

"It's a great area," she said. "It lets us get down into Beloit, and it's great seeing all the dogs come out."

Event participants, including humans and canines, can choose a half-mile lagoon walk or a 2.5-mile river walk around the scenic Rock River.

Christiansen said this year's event is simpler than it has been in year's past, with no adoption parade. However, there will be a raffle baskets, a bake sale and a dog food giveaway.

Proceeds benefiting the Humane Society and their work to provide medical treatment, foster care, temporary housing and adoption services for more than 4,000 lost and homeless pets each year.

Christiansen said the shelter is doing well in light of recent changes. Director Brett Frazier recently took a new job at Winnebago County Animal Services but is serving as interim director until a successor is selected.

The humane society is in the middle of finalizing its initial designs for a shelter and to calculate an estimated cost of the potential building before kicking off a capital campaign later this year. Back in June, officials estimated the shelter would cost $4.6 million.

At the Dog Walk, all dogs and kids under 10 are free. The registration fee for one human is $25 and includes a bag containing one humane society t-shirt, one dog bandanna and more. For those who aren't interested in a goodie bag, registration is $15 per human.

Source - Beloit Daily News

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