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Paws and people take a walk on the wild side for annual Woofer Walk

Paws and people take a walk on the wild side for annual Woofer Walk
The Lookout

Jaimie Bozack
A&E Editor

Come take a walk on the wild side during the seventh annual Woofer Walk and 5K on Saturday, May 16.

The walk begins at 11 a.m. at the Michigan State University Auditorium, 542 Auditorium Road in East Lansing. Ingham County Animal Control will host the event.

People and dogs alike will be making strides to end animal cruelty. Attendees can either walk leisurely with a dog leash in hand or compete in a timed competitive 5K.

Tickets are $30 for the non-timed race and $35 for the competitive race.

Volunteer coordinator Ashley Hayes said money raised will go to help fight animal cruelty, aid incoming animals and pay for ICAC’s cruelty investigator.

“We always encourage people to bring their dogs,” Hayes said. “We are the only competitive 5K walk that allows people to run with dogs. We kind of just let the dogs run anywhere they want.”

Plenty of water will be available to keep dogs hydrated during the walk. According to Hayes, there will be kiddie pools on the course in which dogs can take a break.

“There will be super cool activities set up prior to the event,” Hayes said. “We will have dog agility setup for dogs to try, the MSU Canine Team will come and do a demonstration, and Sparty will be there.”

The Woofer Walk is a rain-or-shine event. Hayes said she hopes to have a good turnout.

“We want to get the community involved in our mission of saving lives and helping animals,” Hayes said. “We want to make people aware that what we do is not just adopt out cute little animals, but we actually do investigations and help animals that are in an abusive situation.

“We want people to understand that animal abuse is a huge problem that can correlate with spousal abuse and child abuse,” Hayes said. “The more people involved in the event, the more knowledge there is out there about animal cruelty.”

Hayes said she enjoys working with the animals and volunteers.

“It is just really cool to see all of the different dogs and hear all of their cool stories,” Hayes said. “I love it when people say they got their dog from our shelter. It is so cool to see them living this awesome life and seeing them in these really great homes.”

Lansing resident Sara Eastman said she adopted her dog, May, from ICAC four years ago. May was found as a stray. Today May is a happy and healthy dog.

“I didn’t rescue my dog, she rescued me,” Eastman said. “I will be participating in the Woofer Walk to show my support for local animal shelters and fight against animal cruelty.”

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