The dogs will still jog, but the Lloydminster and District SPCA’s new and improved fundraiser - Bark in the Park - has added a new component.
“While the walk is going on, and until 4 p.m., will be the family festival dog expo,” said Anmarie Bailey, funding and communications coordinator for the Lloydminster and District SPCA.
For the past three years, the SPCA’s Dog Jog invited residents to Bud Miller All Seasons Park with their pets for a little stroll.
This year, in addition to the 2.5 km walk, Bark in the Park on Sunday, Sept. 13 will feature vendors, carnival games, microchipping, nail clipping and an assortment of educational booths.
“Things like, how do you approach a dog, how do you train your puppy?” explained Bailey. “There’s going to be a dog rescue demo, an obedience demo, an agility show, so lots happening.”
As part of the expo, the SPCA will also have an adoption centre, where current and prospective pet owners can make an addition to their family. The SPCA currently has several dogs and cats available for adoption, but Bailey says that the list could include other small animals, like bunnies, by Sept. 13.
“Generally we get either strays or owner-surrenders,” said Bailey, noting that in the case of the latter, many pet owners are forced to give up a pet upon relocating to a new area. There are several other reasons for why someone may have to give up a pet, however.
Bailey says that Bark in the Park not only offers residents the chance to befriend a new animal, but also allows people to make new human friends.
“It’s definitely an opportunity for pet owners to get together and socialize and get to meet other pet owners,” she said. “We really encourage people to come down and just have fun. Have fun with your pet. It’s an opportunity to get out, it’ll be the beginning of September so the weather should still be nice.”
Even if the day is a little bit chilly, the SPCA plans to heat it up with a lunchtime barbecue.
Online registration and pledge forms for Bark in the Park are available at www.lloydminsterspca.org/bark-in-the-park.html. Walkers may also register on the morning of the event, beginning at 9 a.m., before the dogs start barking at 10 a.m. Additionally, the Lloydminster SPCA office can assist interested participants over the phone or in person.