Proceeds from the Milestone Walk-a-thon and Festival will Save the Lives of Thousands of Homeless Pets
The Maryland SPCA’s 20th Annual March for the Animals takes place next Sunday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Druid Hill Park. Animal lovers and their four-legged friends are invited to participate in the 1.5 mile walk-a-thon and festival to help raise funds to provide care, shelter, food, spay/neuter procedures and medication for the homeless pets in the MD SPCA’s adoption center. Last year’s march raised more than $386,000. Since the first march in 1996, more than $4 million has been raised!
“We do not receive any operating funds from the government or money from any other animal welfare organizations,” said Tami Gosheff, MD SPCA special events and outreach manager. “The March for the Animals is such an important fundraiser for us because it raises critical funds that are needed for the Maryland SPCA to save the lives of more than 3,500 pets each year. Our goal for this year’s milestone march is to raise $400,000 to help pets in need. We’re encouraging everyone who’s ever attended one of our marches, pet adopters and pet lovers to help make this event the most successful yet.”
In addition to the 1.5 mile walk-a-thon around the lake in Druid Hill Park, the fun-filled day will showcase adoptable dogs from the MD SPCA and other local shelters and rescue groups, a demonstration by Mid-Atlantic Disc Dogs, pet training tips, low-cost micro-chipping, a “flea-less” market of pet friendly vendors, musical sit for dogs, a pet agility course, a pet costume contest judged by celebrity guests, and great food.
New this year, march participants and their pets can have photos taken in an interactive photo booth with props and they can meet Baltimore Ravens Mike Campanaro and Lotus, the MD SPCA’s first March for the Animals Ambassador. At just five months old, Lotus was brought to the MD SPCA with a shattered pelvis and two crushed hips after being hit by a car. Lotus was sent for life-saving surgery and spent months in foster care before being adopted. Local, teen chef Jeremiah James will be teaching kids how to make a tasty dog snack in the kids’ tent.
All participants 18 and over are required to raise or donate a minimum of $40. This includes admission to the event, the goody bag, dog bandana and the 2015 March for the Animals t-shirt (while supplies last). Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers, as well as the top fundraising team or “Pack.”
Participants can register individually or form a Pack at www.marchfortheanimals.org and create personal fundraising pages. Event-day registration for the walk-a-thon opens at 9 a.m. and starting line ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m.
Druid Hill Park is located at 3001 East Drive, Baltimore, 21217. The event will be held rain or shine.
About the Maryland SPCA
The Maryland SPCA is an independent nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of pets and people in Maryland. The MD SPCA receives no operating support from the government or other animal welfare groups including the ASPCA. The MD SPCA’s adoption center adopts out more than 3,500 needy and unwanted pets each year, and provides approximately 9,000 spaying/neutering procedures yearly to reduce pet overpopulation and suffering. The MD SPCA also offers pet behavior counseling and training courses to help keep pets in their homes. For more information about the Maryland SPCA, visit www.mdspca.org or call 410‐235‐8826.
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