Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, April 12, 1999

'Humane' walk for animals May 8

Wright County Humane Society is once again sponsoring the Humane Walk for Animals, Saturday, May 8 at Lake Rebecca Park.

This is the ninth year the public is invited to celebrate the human-animal bond as they walk, with or without pets, along a scenic three-mile trail. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10:15 a.m. Walkers can gather pledges to support the walk or make a donation at the registration tent.

A blast from the past theme will predominate this year's walk as disc jockey Chopper of Waverly plays tunes from the 1950s.

Prizes for the top fundraisers will include electronic equipment, sporting equipment and weekend getaways. Walk t-shirts will be given to all participants who have pledges of $60 or more. A complimentary photo of each walker and their animal will be taken to commemorate the day.

Special shelter alumni Hope and Chance, two Great Pyrenees dogs rescued and rehabilitated by the shelter in 1998, will make a guest appearance.

Representatives from the Raptor Center will offer the opportunity to see birds of prey close up. Joy Norquist, educator from "All Creatures Great and Small," will bring a fascinating group of animal ambassadors. A variety of merchandise booths will feature animal specialty items and handcrafted gifts.

"This walk, and our holiday fundraiser, are the two events that keep our doors open," according to Mary Lotz, the humane society's administrator.

"All the adult animals adopted from our shelter are spayed or neutered first. This is a big expense, but we feel that if we did not provide this service, we'd only be contributing to the problem of animal overpopulation. All our cats are tested for feline leukemia and all our dogs are tested and treated for heartworms," Lotz said.

Funds raised at this event will go directly to the care of abandoned, abused and neglected animals at the shelter.

Pledge forms and information on the walk are available at area merchants displaying the "Humane Walk for Animals" poster or by calling the Humane Society of Wright County's business office at 612-682-7061.

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