Scheduled for Saturday, May 19th, the Dog Walk will commence at Ward Park on the city’s east side and follow the Cady Way Trail. Participants are invited to walk at their own pace for as short or long a distance as they are comfortable.
The event will include an exhibit area where local vendors will display products and services of interest to pet owners and the community. Plus, representatives from the Winter Park fire department, police department, and Orange County Animal Services will be on hand to provide educational information.
Registration will be handled by the Winter Park YMCA and will soon be available through the Y’s website. “All registrants will receive a ‘doggie goodie bag’ at the event filled with giveaways supplied by the participating vendors,” said WinterParkLostPets.com co-founder and event coordinator Judy Charuhas. “We are honored the Winter Park ‘Y’ has joined with us to establish this new tradition.”
Proceeds from registrations will benefit the Lost Pets Foundation, a nonprofit organization newly formed by WinterParkLostPets.com co-founders Shelley Heistand and Judy Charuhas with the objective of supporting animal rescue groups and other pet-focused charitable entities.
“WinterParkLostPets.com has raised thousands of dollars for local animal rescue groups since its inception,” noted Ms Heistand. “The Lost Pets Foundation will allow us to increase our fundraising activities and support a wider base. The Winter Park Dog Walk is our first major event with this objective.”
Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dog to the Dog Walk, but having your pooch accompany you is not required. The event is open to anyone who would simply enjoy getting out for a morning walk with friends and neighbors and supporting a great cause.
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www.WinterParkLostPets.com is a free online public service for posting lost and found pets in Winter Park, Florida. Co-founded in 2009 by Shelley Heistand of Coldwell Banker, and Judy Charuhas, the website has helped more than 330 pets find their way home. Voted “Best Lost/Found Pet Website” by dogster.com, the website’s award-winning template is now available to those wishing to establish a lost-pet website serving their community. For information, e-mail Judy Charuhas at: email@example.com.