Move Your Paws for the Cause!
Downtown Napa goes to the dogs August 5th with Napa Humane’s new event, Walk for Animals.
A Sunday morning filled with live music, adorable adoptables and all-things animal, Napa Humane – our community’s nonprofit dedicated to serving local pets and their owners – unleashes the inaugural Walk for Animals, a one-mile walk through Downtown Napa (with or without a pooch!) and celebration at Veterans Memorial Park.
With check-in and complimentary coffee beginning at 7:30 a.m., the walk departing at 9 a.m., and the festivities going until 12:00 p.m., more than 300 walkers are expected to attend this family- and dog-friendly event, raising funds to support Napa Humane’s services and programs.
The walking route heads west on First Street, crosses at Jefferson Street, and then heads back down Third Street to Veterans Memorial Park.
Walkers return to live surf-rock music by The Deadlies, a 20-minute performance of “The Right Pet for Princess Penny” by Puppet Art Theater (part of Napa Humane’s Humane Education Program), professional team and pet portraits, custom paw print keepsakes, a raffle, a doggie costume contest, and a variety of pet-centric sponsor displays.
Also on-site will be Napa Humane’s Mobile Adoption Unit, with dogs, cats and rabbits on board from the Napa County Animal Shelter looking for their forever homes.
“We are excited for this new Napa Humane event to help us help Napa Valley pets and their people,” says Executive Director Jane Albert.
According to Napa Humane President Darcy Tunt, “One of the best aspects of Walk for Animals is that can you enjoy the event with your dog – but you don’t have to have or bring your dog to enjoy the fun,” she says. “It’s really for all people that love their pets and want to walk in their honor, or in their memory, to support Napa Humane.”
For $25, animal-loving walkers register online at Firstgiving.com/napahumane/walkforanimals and create a personalized profile page (sporting a picture of their pet, of course!), set a fundraising goal, and have the option to join or create a team. In support of their participation, walkers then collect donations from family, friends, and colleagues by distributing their profile link via email, or possibly Facebook and Twitter.
Walkers are also encouraged to get creative with fundraising, from putting a donation jar on their desk at work to holding a yard sale to support their efforts. At the Walk, teams can get into the spirit with creative dress and accessories for themselves and their dogs.
Every registered walker receives an official Walk for Animals t-shirt and a goodie bag.
For their fundraising efforts, there are eight levels at which walkers can earn prizes, from Napa Humane key chains and tote bags to a year’s supply of Frontline Plus and the top prize of an iPad. There will also be awards for the top fundraisers – individual, team and company team – to keep a healthy competition going.
Because of fundraising events like this, Napa Humane’s clinic was able to perform a record 4,831 spay or neuter surgeries last year – that’s about 20 surgeries per day – in addition to its affordable vaccination and microchipping clinic, shelter support services, and Humane Education Program.
100% of proceeds from Walk for Animals benefit Napa Humane’s services and programs, serving Napa Valley pets and the people who care for and about them.
For more information about Napa Humane, including Walk for Animals, visit http://www.napahumane.org.