Paws for a Cause: Annual 5K and Fun Walk to Support Avery Co. Humane Society Oct. 3

Published Monday, September 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Come join the many businesses and community volunteers who will be taking part in the Second Annual Paws for a Cause on Saturday, Oct. 3, an event to benefit the Avery County Humane Society.

All funds raised will go to support local animals in need, the shelter, and its programs. Avery County Humane Society is constantly looking for new sources of revenue. Private donations, special events, and adoption fees cover more than 90 percent of the cost of caring for the hundreds of animals who come to the shelter each year.image

Avery County Humane Society is the only facility in Avery County that takes in animals in need. In 2014, ACHS helped place more than 800 dogs, cats, and other animals in loving homes across the High Country and beyond.

In addition to adoptions, ACHS has programs including low-cost shot clinics, low-cost spay and neuter services, “New Leash on Life,” community outreach, and education programs.

The Paws for a Cause event will take place Oct. 3, starting in downtown Newland and will be in two parts. The first is a 5K run in which participants can choose to run with or without their dogs. The second is a non-competitive fun walk during which people will be able to walk their dogs through beautiful downtown Newland.

The ACHS will offer refreshments and other activities near the finish line on the shelter property. A low-cost shot/vaccination and micro-chipping clinic is also being offered. ACHS encourages runners to stay afterwards to visit with other runners, visit the ACHS shelter and explore the area.

The ACHS hopes to build on last year’s inaugural event and bring in needed funds for the organization’s programs.

The 5K route is being finalized. Potential runners are encouraged to check the Avery Humane Society’s Facebook page for updates as the event approaches.

To register for the 5K run, click on www.runsignup.co/Race/NC/Newland/PawsForACause. For more information about Avery County Humane Society, click on www.averyhumane.org or call 828-733-2333.

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