Monday, August 31, 2009

Shelter Trek 2009

Just a reminder that the Oshkosh Area Humane Society's annual Shelter Trek event is quickly approaching. The pre-registration date is September 9th, so if you'd like to avoid waiting in line I would encourage you to stop by the shelter to take care of your registration early. The actual event will be held on September 12th at Menomonee Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Why should you attend Shelter Trek?

It will be a wonderful chance to spend meaningful time with your dog. There will be a costume contest (this year the theme is "Shelter Trek Goes Hollywood"), a tail wag contest, best bark contest, best trick contest, a pet parade, and of course, there will be a dog walk.

Other Dog-Related Activities:

Lure Coursing: Lure coursing is a humane sport where dogs can chase an artificial lure around a set course. The lure is usually a plastic bag on a light line being pulled by a pulley system. This will be provided courtesy of Green Acres Boxer Rescue.

Radar Run: Have you ever wondered how fast your dog can run? The Oshkosh Police Department will be hosting a "clock your dog" event so you can find out!

Dive for a Duck: Your dog will win a prize every time!

Agility: Watch a demo, or give it a try! Low jumps and a tunnel will be available for beginners.

Registration costs $25 which includes the cost of a Shelter Trek t-shirt, free breakfast bars, water and popcorn, a free photo of you and your pet and eligibility to participate in the pet contests. Family members and friends are welcome to come and walk with a registered walker. However, your registration fee would be waived if you can raise $150 in pledges. For every $20 in pledges collected, registered walkers will receive a raffle ticket to enter to win special prizes. A pledge form can be found here.

Is your dog eligible? To be able to bring your dog, they must be current on vaccinations, licensed, leashed and under control. Please do not bring a female dog in heat. Owners must clean up after their pets, but bags will be provided.

Do you have a cat or other pet, or are you unable to bring your dog? You can still attend! There will be a huge variety of vendors selling pet-related merchandise, and it will be a blast to see the dogs dressed up in their costumes. I will be selling my catnip toys, and I hope to see some of you there!

This is the largest fund raiser of the year for OAHS. Please consider walking, collecting pledges, or stopping by to enjoy the festivities!

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