Have big Irish plans for St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday? Since you may be a little indulgent with Irish traditions on March 17th, why not do something guilt-free with your dog the day before?
This Saturday, March 16th, the 21st Annual ‘Walk with the Animals’ will take place at Fairmount Park in Riverside. This family-friendly event is hosted by the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center (formerly the Riverside Humane Society) and put on each year in an effort to raise money to help care for the thousands of homeless animals they take in each year. This event will leave you feeling good by walking for your health and raising much needed funds for a local animal shelter.
Participants are encouraged to bring their dog(s) to join in the 1.3 mile walk around the park as well as family and friends of all ages to enjoy the activities and entertainment afterward.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. along with a delicious pancake breakfast. The walk begins at 9:00 a.m. and will be led by Grand Marshals Mayor Rusty Bailey and his dog Zoe (a former Pet Adoption Center resident). After the walk, participants are welcome to enjoy activities such as ‘Kiss the Blarney Dog’ – Kissing Booth, Doggie Costume Contest, as well as exhibits, boutiques, baked goodies for sales (human and canine), and local rescue groups to check out. Low cost vaccinations and microchipping will be available as well, if your pup is behind on his vaccinations or you have been waiting for a more affordable chance to get him microchipped.
Whether you can or cannot participate in the walk this Saturday, you can help raise funds or give a donation through firstgiving.com. Check out the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center website for more information, ways to donate, or to see dogs and cats available for adoption.
The smallest amount of green can make a difference this St. Patrick’s Day, so give what you can to help support your community and its homeless pets.