The Chautauqua County Humane Society is accepting registrations for teams and individuals to participate in the ninth annual Walk 4 Paws, a 2-mile walk through Chautauqua Institution.
The event is the shelter's biggest fundraiser for the year. The walk will be Oct. 12 at the Chautauqua Institution's Market Gate area. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk and complimentary refreshments to follow.
"This event is one of our biggest fundraisers for the year," said Edwin Rodriguez Jr., Chautauqua County Humane Society community relations director. "The animals awaiting adoption and the services we provide them all directly benefit from each walker's fundraising efforts."
Participants in the 2012 Walk 4 Paws are pictured above.
Community members are asked to walk alongside their favorite pets and get personal sponsors to help raise money for the shelter. As more money is collected, walkers have the opportunity to win bigger incentive prizes. Prizes include a Walk 4 Paws commemorative T-shirt, Keurig coffee makers, bicycles, jewelry, electronic devices and more.
Walkers can also form teams for the event. Interested team leaders can recruit more people to join their team. The team with the highest combined fundraising total is awarded with a trophy. In 2012, Team Underdog collected more than $3,400 for the shelter and won the team competition. Local businesses also sponsor or form teams for the event. Participating in the event encourages workplace team building and helps managers develop leadership skills.
"Jamestown Medical Imaging opened its doors for business in October of 2012. Being owned and operated by a local group of physicians, we are excited to be able to support neighboring causes such as Walk 4 Paws," said Linnea Blanish, physician relation specialist with Jamestown Medical Imaging. "The shelter is a part of the community that we live and raise our families in. It is important to us to be active in events that are close to home. Being a sponsor of Walk 4 Paws, we can hopefully make a difference in the lives of some of our community's four legged friends."
Jamestown Medical Imaging is the top sponsor for the event followed by The Post-Journal, Shults Ford Lincoln Mercury, Clark Patterson Lee Design Associates, UBS Financial Services, Jock Shop, Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, 106.9 Kiss FM and several others.
For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society, to sign up for Walk 4 Paws or for a complete list of incentive prizes, visit www.spcapets.com or call 665-2209, ext. 213.