Get out those running shoes and mark your calendar for Sunday, October 6, 2013. It’s almost time for the annual Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals 5K Canine Run Walk Classic. Whether you are a fitness fanatic or a leisurely walker, bring your dog and enjoy the day.
The race starts at 8 a.m. oceanfront at Pier Village in Long Branch, New Jersey. Everyone is invited to attend with their dog. Remember, all dogs are required to run or walk on leash.
The cost to pre-register is $25 per adult, and dogs walk or run at no charge. Participating dogs even get race shirts to wear for the event. It’s easy to pre-register online here. This is a rain or shine event.
It’s great if you already engage in physical activity by walking or running with your dog a minimum of two to three times a day.
However, if you are just starting a physical fitness routine with your pet, please visit your veterinarian to make sure that your dog is up to meeting the physical demands of a high impact walk or run. Once you get the green light from your vet, start an exercise routine with easy strolls and build up to a comfortable, quicker pace that gets both you and dog’s hearts pumping. Even a dog that has been with a family for years, but has not been very active, will need to be checked out by his veterinarian before burning those calories.
“We look forward to hosting Purr’n Pooch’s Second Annual 5K Canine Run Walk Classic. It’s a great day seaside at the dog-friendly Pier Village where people and their pups get a running start to benefit animal charities from across New Jersey and New York,” said Elizabeth Palazzo Dudick, president, Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. “Getting out to enjoy time with our pups and friends on what we hope will be a beautiful fall morning is one small step we can take to help unsung heroes who take huge strides daily to help animals in need of love and rescue.”
The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals awards annual grants to non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organizations to be used for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects.
The organization is able to help support the efforts of the charitable organizations by holding fundraisers such as the 5K Canine Classic. Even if you cannot participate in the 2013 Classic, consider joining the foundation and come along as a spectator and supporter.
In 2013, the Foundation awarded grants to organizations including Operation Kindness, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Rescue, Monmouth County SPCA, ReRun Horse Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Bull Dog Rescue and New Life Boxer Rescue.
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