By TAMMY R. LAWSON
It's all about four paws and a cause.
T-R PHOTO BY TAMMY R. LAWSON
Proceeds from the ARL’s sixth annual Dog Jog will go toward funding a new spay/neuter program to benefit the citizens of Marshalltown and Marshall County.
The Animal Rescue League of Marshalltown will sponsor its sixth annual Dog Jog Saturday in the hopes of bringing awareness to the importance of spaying and neutering animals.
With this year's theme being "May Day Spay Day," a bevy of canines and their owners will gather for a jog at the Softball Complex, S. Sixth St., in Marshalltown.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and a two-mile run will start at 9 a.m., followed by a one-mile walk at approximately 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to join with or without a pet.
Those who pre-register by Wednesday will receive a gift pack full of pet goodies, however, registration will also be accepted the day of the event. The cost is $15 per human-dog pair and additional dogs may be registered for $5 each. T-shirts will be for sale as well.
"With the local leash law, there aren't a lot of opportunities to be able to bring dogs to local events," said Missy Sharer, Dog Jog committee co-chair. "So this is a great outing for a good cause, and it's a good morning to go for a nice walk with your pet."
The coveted 'Golden Fire Hydrant' will be awarded in several categories such as owner/dog look-alike, biggest ears, longest tail, biggest and smallest dogs, faster overall male and female (two-mile run only) and League Dog of the Day.
All pets must be on leashes and Sharer says the non-retractable types are preferred.
"We've run into problems with a lot of dogs taking off all at once, and sometimes the non-retractable leashes get tangled and become a little confusing for everybody," she said.
The organization will also have several ARL dogs in attendance for those interested in walking one of them.
"I had a woman call us who lost her own dog, but really wanted to sign up for the event," Sharer said. "Even if they don't own their own dog, they are more than welcome to come out and walk a rescue league dog, or see the pets available for interaction with the public."
All proceeds will be used to fund a new spay/neuter program to benefit residents of both Marshalltown and Marshall County toward assisting the shelter in controlling the local pet population.
Registration forms are available at the ARL office, Theisen's, Animal Medical Clinic, Messy Missy's, The Animal Clinic/The Vet or online at www.arlmarshalltown.com.
To register, volunteer or for more information, call the Animal Rescue League at 641-753-9046.
Contact Tammy R. Lawson at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org