Baltimore walkathon to benefit shelter animals

April 10, 2013 by  

Baltimore area residents will soon have an opportunity to voice their support for homeless pets.

In under two weeks’ time, the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will be hosting its 18th annual ‘March for the Animals’. Flyer printing has likely been in higher demand as the organizers of this event work to spread the word about this local tradition.

Pre-registered participants will walk 1.5 miles to raise donations for the care of the dogs, cats, and other animals being housed at the SPCA’s shelter. Many are expected to have their own dogs alongside them. In addition to the walkathon, the event will feature canine agility contests, entertainment from local radio stations, and food from a variety of vendors. Attendees will also have the chance to visit a designated adoption area and find a new pet from the shelter to take home.

The Maryland SPCA places approximately 3,000 animals with new owners every year. It is a non-profit organization that does not receive any government funding. At last year’s March for the Animals, it collected over $300,000 in donations. Proceeds from the event go entirely toward the well-being of the animals in its shelter.

The March for the Animals will take place on Sunday, April 21 at Druid Hill Park (2600 Madison Avenue). The festivities will run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There is still time for interested parties to register for the walkathon as individuals or as members of existing groups. Those seeking more information may call (410) 235-8826.