Originally Published: April 16, 2013 10 p.m.
Today is your last chance to sign up for the Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) 2nd annual Walk for the Animals. The Walk takes place this Saturday morning, April 20, at the Embry-Riddle campus, located at 3700 Willow Creek Road. The Walk will be even bigger and better than last year with a stage and live band, fantastic fundraising prizes, and over 20 vendor booths. The gates open at 8 a.m. and the Walk, which promises to be the most fun event in all Prescott this weekend, begins at 9 a.m.
Last year 319 people participated in the first annual Walk for the Animals and more than $27,000 was raised to help fund YHS's many life-saving programs. This year, 355 walkers have already registered and our goal is to raise $40,000, and we're well within reach! Together we can achieve this goal, so sign up today and be sure to ask for support from your friends, neighbors, kids, co-workers and anyone else who wants to support the homeless dogs and cats in our community.
There will be a 4k and a 1k course to accommodate all ages and energy levels. You can walk at your own pace. You are welcome to bring your (well-behaved) dog if they would enjoy themselves.
Registration is just $25; children 10 and under are welcome to walk with a registered walker for free. Registrants receive a free t-shirt and a "doggie bag" full of goodies. Register today at www.yavapaihumane.org/walk or by calling 445-2666 ext. 20. Walkers also receive a continental breakfast with coffee from Corvis Coffee Distributing, homemade muffins from One Hundred Chairs, fresh fruit from New Frontiers Natural Marketplace, and smoothies from Robeks.
And if you want to avoid the lines on Saturday morning, you can pick up your T-shirt and doggy bag tomorrow, Thursday, April 18 or Friday, April 19 at the YHS Adoption Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the perfect time to drop off additional donations, too!
New additions to the Walk for the Animals this year include a stage and bigger sound system, a massage booth for walkers, and a photo booth. Bittersweet Band will also be there to encourage and entertain walkers in the homestretch. Their lead singer, Robin Mills, just happens to be the lead vet tech at the YHS Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic!
This year we also created fundraising rewards for walkers who go above and beyond the registration fee and ask friends and family for support. Many walkers will go home with a YHS Walk water bottle for raising $35 or a bandana for raising $75, but the reward with the most buzz is getting to name a YHS dog or cat when you raise $100. The highest fundraiser will earn a night in the Presidential Suite at the Prescott Resort - wow!
All proceeds go to helping the animals at the Yavapai Humane Society. YHS is the largest animal welfare organization in Northern Arizona, rescuing more than 4,000 lost, homeless, abused and neglected pets every year. YHS's "live release rate" is the highest in Arizona and among the highest in the nation at 97 percent. That means 96 percent of the animals rescued by YHS are ultimately placed into loving homes.
We look forward to seeing you there! To attend this fun community event you must sign up by midnight tonight at www.yavapaihumane.org/walk.
Ed Boks is the executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 445-2666, ext. 21.