On Your Mark, Get Set, Go… with Fido
The 24th annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon for the Ottawa Humane Society is happening Sunday, September 9 at the Bruce Pit. It promises to be a howl of a fun time….
The largest fundraiser of the year for the local humane society, Wiggle Waggle offers a wonderful opportunity for animal lovers and pet owners to enjoy a special celebration with their favourite furry friends and to show their support for the OHS and the 11,000-plus animals it cares for annually.
Individual registration fee is $25 ($20 if you have adopted an OHS animal) and the fee for families is $40 ($35 if you have adopted an OHS animal). Participants are encouraged to collect pledges and there are all sorts of great rewards to be earned, based on funds raised.
That’s why pre-registration is encouraged. You can do it online at walkathon2012.kintera.org. In person, you can register Thursday, Sept 6th, on the first floor of Bayshore Mall from 5 to 9 p.m. The same day, you can also register at the Ottawa Humane Society’s Education Centre, at 245 West Hunt Club Road, from 5 to 8 p.m. The day before Wiggle Waggle – Saturday, September 8, you can sign up from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bruce Pit, on Cedarview Road off West Hunt Club Road.
Don’t have a dog? Don’t worry. You can take part with or without a canine compaion. If you do bring your dog – any and all sizes are welcome, be sure he or she is on a leash and you bring bags to stoop and scoop. Please leave kitty at home.
The day offers a wide variety of activities, starting at 8:30 a.m. Pet photos, Puppy Picasso, Fido’s Finds Yard Sale, a pet pavilion, K9 fun zone, family fun zone, a silent auction, contests, a VIP area and on-site refreshments are all part of the fun. The walk begins at 10 a.m. and there are two routes – two kilometres and 3.5 kilometres.
If you want to support the walkathon but you’re not planning to walk, why not sponsor volunteer President Linda Barber? She’ll be participating with three shelter adoption dogs. There will be many other OHS volunteers on-site. There are also team challenges planned, plus any number of opportunities for critters of all descriptions to socialize.