September 4, 2012
BOSTON, Sept. 4, 2012 – The MSPCA-Angell today unveiled a preview of its annual Walk For Animals, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 on the Boston Common. The annual Walk—a cornerstone of the MSPCA’s community relations and fundraising efforts—is expected to draw more than 2,000 participants, almost all of whom will be walking with their dogs, and in some cases their cats. Many high-profile corporate sponsors are supporting the walk this year and the MSPCA has rolled out a series of new and exciting contests, raffles, animal demonstrations and more.
The MSPCA is once again hosting three concurrent Walks—in Boston, Hyannis and at Aselton Park and in Newbury at Spencer Peirce Little Farm—all beginning at 11:00a.m. Monies raised from the Walks support animal protection programs for the organization’s three Animal Care and Adoption Centers in Jamaica Plain, Methuen and Centerville. For full details and to register for any of the Walks readers can click here.
This year’s Boston Walk has an action-packed agenda designed to delight young and old as well as human and animal participants.
Leader of the Pack, Presented by The Boston Globe
This year’s Leader of the Pack, presented by The Boston Globe, is none other than Lilly the Pit Bull Hero. Lilly, who captured the world’s adoration in May when she pulled her unconscious owner away from train tracks moments before a train barreled through (losing a leg in the process), will kick off the Boston Walk to the delight of the crowd and assembled media. Lilly will also be available after the Walk to sign Pawtographs and meet her ever growing base of fans.
Contests, Food, Prizes and More!
The MSPCA has set up a specially designed agility course, called the “Tough Mutt-er,” designed to challenge dogs (and their owners) who will compete for audience applause as they navigate the course. Any Walk participant can sign up for the Tough Mutt-er when they register for the walk.
In addition to the Tough Mutt-er the MSPCA’s dog trainer extraordinaire, Terri Bright, will lead “nose trials,” in which dogs compete to find hidden snacks and treats using only their sense of smell. The MSPCA is also reprising other fan-favorite contests such as “Best Pet Trick,” “Best Kisser,” “Human Lookalike,” and more!
Got Pet Health Questions? Ask an Angell Vet!
A veterinarian from Angell Animal Medical Center will be on-site throughout the day for walkers and visitors alike to ask pet-health related questions. For regular readers of the Boston.com “Ask an Angell Vet” online community, this is a unique opportunity to ask questions of the vets behind the popular forum.
Corporate Sponsors Line Up to Support the Walk for Animals
The list of sponsors for this year’s Walk is a veritable “who’s who” of the food, beverage, media and pet merchandise world. Cedar’s, makers of delicious and all natural hummus, chips and spreads will once again feed hungry walkers. Joining Cedar’s is VitaCoco, purveyors of the increasingly popular and 100 percent pure coconut water, which is sure to be a hit with walkers on a hot day. Walkers in Boston will also enjoy ice cream courtesy of Ben and Jerry’s, while Newbury participants will have access to longtime supporter Treadwell’s Ice Cream, known throughout Merrimack Valley for its “Doggie Dish” of vanilla ice cream, the proceeds of which are donated to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm.
In addition to the above companies, top pet food, supplies and medicine companies such as Especially for Pets, Covidien, Webster Vet and Hill’s are again supporting this year’s Walk. Especially for Pets has contributed a $500 “shopping spree” for both the top fundraising team and the top individual fundraising walker.
The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.