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It may be chilly, but Denver-area pet events are already warming up

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FURRY SCURRY RETURNS - The calendar says winter but the Dumb Friends League is already looking ahead to Spring. Registration is open for the Furry Scurry on May 3 in Denver's Washington Park, where thousands of dog lovers and their canines will walk two miles to raise money for homeless animals. The money helps provide vital medical care and behavior training so they can find homes. For example, registration fees for a team with six members pays for the care of one homeless pet such as Max, a 1-year-old boxer mix who lost his injured leg and is now living in a permanent home. Last year's Furry Scurry raised more than $1 million. More information: (www.ddfl.org).

PUTTN' ON THE LEASH - Tickets are now available for Puttin' On The Leash 2014, the year's major fundraiser for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, being held April 26. The theme of this year's event is Super Heroes. Information: (www.boulderhumane.org).

TAILS OF THE PAINTED CATS - The artwork cats are back for the fourth consecutive year in this fundraiser. The event raises funds for shelter cats and community outreach programs at the Cat Care Society in Lakewood. The artistically painted feline figures debut May 8 at the Lakewood Arts Council Gallery prior to touring throughout the community. The concluding dinner and auction is July 26 at Pinehurst Country Club. Information: (www.catcaresociety.org).

K9 CANCER WALK - Morris Animal Foundation in Denver has raised $1 million through its volunteer-driven K9 Cancer Walk Program for canine cancer research. Cancer is the No. 1 killer of dogs over the age of 2, and many of the donors have dealt with the disease. Since it was launched, the Foundation’s walk program has helped to fund research that has identified and tested new drugs for hemangiosarcoma, bone cancer and soft-tissue sarcomas; made chemotherapy safer and more effective; and discovered genetic information that could improve prognostic tests for lymphoma. To be part of this ongoing effort, visit: (www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org/sandiegowalk).

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