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Paws in the Park: a doggone fun event

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Summer may just be reaching its height, but Tommy, along with hundreds of his friends, is focused on fall. He's in training. A goal-oriented fellow, he's busting his lungs and working hard with hopes of raising $2,500 for his favorite cause. It's his opportunity to give back. "Our dog Tommy received loving care at Longmont Humane for a record-setting two years," says Tommy's companion, Julie Bartlett. "Paws in the Park gives us an opportunity to reciprocate this good will through our fundraising efforts."

Paws in the Park, formerly known as Ella's Walk, is a pet-centric festival helping animals in need. The family-oriented annual event traditionally features a 3-mile dog walk and offerings from over 25 pet-friendly vendors at the fun and lively Pawdestrian Festival. New this year, a professionally timed 5K run will kick off a half hour prior to the start of the walk. The scenic run/walk course, which starts at the Boulder County Fairgrounds picnic shelter, winds through Roger's Grove and Golden Ponds before looping back.

"We are excited for this community event," says Longmont Humane Society Executive Director Liz Smokowski. "It's a wonderful chance to pull everyone together and celebrate the bond between animals and people; we celebrate the alumni of the humane society coming back to share with us."

Longmont Humane Society is a beloved community resource. Each year, 4,000 animals are welcomed through its doors, with more than half finding permanent new homes, and a further 800 or so being reunited with their families. The Humane Society's great work is propelled by 75 dedicated staff, including an exceptionally skilled behavioral team, and 800+ active volunteers. Paws in the Park is a key fundraiser for the center, with proceeds going directly to care for the animals. Support is allocated to provide shelter, veterinary services, vaccinations and microchips, behavioral consultations, and so much more.

Want a respite from a "ruff" week? Give yourself the feel good factor that comes with helping out a good cause! There are many ways to support Paws in the Park and its goals, including sponsorship opportunities and being a vendor at the festival. "Although animal-friendly, not all vendors are pet-focused," says Darcy Morel, Longmont Humane Society Development Associate. "We've got a whole range, from veterinarians and groomers to artists and wellness practitioners. There's something for all tastes, for everyone."

You can support Paws in the Park and enjoy a great day out as an individual or family simply by registering for this fantastic event. Walk and run participants are asked to collect pledges to help animals in need. Super prizes will be awarded to the overall top adult fundraiser, youth fundraiser, and top fundraising team. For more information, and to register for this pawsome event, please visit the Paws in the Park website.

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