In a few weeks, the Maryland SPCA will be asking animal lovers to take the concept of walking the dog to a whole new level.
Over 5,000 animal lovers and their four-legged friends are expected to attend the SPCA’s 17th Annual March for the Animals at Druid Hill Park, to be held Sunday, April 29. The walk, a 1-1/2 mile jaunt around the park’s lake on a paved path, will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The March will support programs and animals of the Maryland SPCA. Individuals can walk alone, or with a “pack” of co-workers, friends or others. (Note: “Pack” registration deadline is on Friday, April 6, according to the SPCA officials).Registration opens at 9 a.m. and starting line ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. There will be entertainment by pet trainers, agility dog troupes, low-cost micro-chipping, a “flea-less” market of pet friendly vendors, photography, musical chairs for dogs, and a pet costume contest judged by celebrity guests. Oh, and an ice cream truck just for dogs.
Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers, including a grand prize trip to the Bahamas. Various other levels of incentive prizes will be offered.
Participants can register online at www.marchfortheanimals.kintera.org to create personal fundraising pages. Or, participants can pick up pledge sheets at the Maryland SPCA, located at 3300 Falls Road. Information is available from Tami Gosheff at 410-235-8826, ext. 138 at www.mdspca.org.
Help animals, owners
The Maryland SPCA is partnering with Meals on Wheels to help provide food for the pets of the needy. The program welcomes dry and canned food for cats and dogs, as well as cat litter. Drop by the Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Rd. in Hampden (call first to make sure of hours: 410-235-8826) or drop it off at the offices of the Baltimore Guide, 526 S. Conkling St. in Highlandtown and a volunteer will take it to the SPCA
by Mary Helen Sprecher