Registration is now open for the Maryland SPCA’s 21st annual March for the Animals walk-a-thon and festival that will take place on Sunday, April 24, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore. Animal lovers and their four-legged friends are invited to participate in the 1.5-mile walk-a-thon and family fun festival to help raise funds to provide care, shelter, food, spay/neuter procedures and medication for the homeless pets who come to the MD SPCA this year.
“The Maryland SPCA doesn’t receive any operating funds from the government or money from any other animal welfare organizations,” said Eric DeCosta, assistant general manager for the Baltimore Ravens and March for the Animals chairperson. “The Maryland SPCA was able to help more than 15,000 pets in our community last year because of the proceeds from the March for the Animals. We want to help even more pets this year, but we need community support to make this year’s March even more successful.”
Last year’s March raised $429,000 for homeless pets. Since the first March in 1995, more than $4.7 million has been raised. This year’s goal is $430,000.
Along with the walk around the lake, the day features adoptable dogs from the MD SPCA and other local groups, a demonstration by Mid-Atlantic Disc Dogs, low-cost microchipping, pet vendors, musical sit for dogs, a pet agility course, and a pet costume contest judged by celebrity guests. Baltimore Ravens Michael Campanaro will be available for free autographs and photos at the Ravens tent. There will also be a kids’ zone, photo booth and food. Maryland SPCA behavior experts will be on hand to answer any pet-related behavior questions and offer pet training tips.
New this year, will be a human/pet look-a-like contest, and for a $10 donation, pet memorial placards will be hung at the March in memory of beloved family pets.
“We have so much fun planned that day,” said DeCosta. “We’re encouraging everyone to attend—past participants, pet adopters, pet lovers and anyone who wants to make a difference in our community. You don’t have to have a pet to attend.”
Participants can register individually or form a team “Pack” at www.marchfortheanimals.org and create personal fundraising pages. We will award prizes to the top fundraisers, as well as the top fundraising team or Pack.
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, located at 3001 East Drive, Baltimore, 21217. The event will take place rain or shine.
The MD SPCA is still seeking event sponsors and vendors for the March. For more information regarding the event, please contact Tami Gosheff at 410-235-8826, ext. 138 or visitwww.marchfortheanimals.org.
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 Maryland SPCA helps 15,000 pets each through pet adoption, spay/neuter, community pet wellness care and pet training and counseling. For more information about the Maryland SPCA, visitwww.mdspca.org or call 410‐235‐8826.
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