Mt. Vernon Register-News

May 9, 2014

Second annual Bark for Life set

By ROBBIE EDWARDS robbie.edwards@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON —Man’s best friend and their owners are encouraged to participate in the Bark For Life event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Park.

According to the American Cancer Society website, Bark For Life is a “fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of canine caregivers.”

The site also states the event “presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society.”

“This event involves the whole family and it shows the efforts of so many people,” said Barb Williams, the Team Captain of Peacock Printing. “The more people and pets that come out the more fun it will be.

Area residents and their canine companions that take part in the walk will be raising funds for the Jefferson County Relay for Life.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. the day of the event at the north shelter area of the park. The fee per dog is $20.

There is a limit of two dogs per registration, each dog will receive a purple Bark For Life bandana. Participants who raise $50 will receive a commemorative Bark For Life T-shirt.

“I attended last year and it was a lot of fun. It was really neat to see all the different dogs that were there,” said Ashley

Withrow, co-chair for Jefferson County Relay for Life. “Bark For Life is another way to raise awareness for the cause.”

A contest for the dogs will be held at noon. There are several categories including: best superhero costume-owner, most obedient, best trick, loudest bark, oldest, youngest, most excited, smallest, biggest, longest ears, longest tail, best eyes, friendliest and best overall dog from the above contests.

“My favorite contest categories are most obedient and the biggest dog,” Williams said.

Withrow said she looks forward to seeing the little dogs and their owners dressed in superhero costumes because it’s going to be cute.

Williams said there will be a photo booth set up at the event with a superhero backdrop.

“People can get pictures of themselves with their dogs, we have a volunteer photographer from a local veterinarian hospital taking the pictures,” Williams said.

If you don’t own a dog of your own, you can “adopt for the day” at the event, which Williams said was a kid favorite last year.

There are several activities during the event, including live music, refreshments and local vendors with pet and human related products.

Luminaria bags may also be purchased at the walk for the annual Relay event June 13.

All are encouraged to attend and enjoy the day with their family by raising awareness for the American Cancer Society.

“We had a pretty big turnout last year but we are hoping for an even bigger one this year,” Williams said.

For further information about the event, contact Williams at 244-4003.