MSPCA-Angell Laces Up for Seventh Annual Walk for Animals

September 3, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 3, 2012 – The MSPCA-Angell today announced an action-packed agenda for its annual Walk for Animals fundraiser which will take place Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.  The annual Walk—a cornerstone of the MSPCA’s community relations and fundraising efforts—is expected to draw more than 2,500 participants, almost all of whom will be walking with their dogs, and in some cases their cats. 

The MSPCA is once again hosting three concurrent Walks—in Boston, Hyannis and Methuen—all beginning at noon.  Monies raised from the Walks support animal protection programs for the organization’s three Animal Care and Adoption Centers in Jamaica Plain, Centerville and Methuen.  In the past five years the Walk for Animals has raised over one million dollars to support the MSPCA.  The MSPCA hopes to raise over $350,000 this year.

This 2013 Walk for Animals is designed to delight young and old as well as human and animal participants.

Special Guests: Disc Jockey Extraordinaire Henry Santoro, Boston Marathon Bombing Hero Carlos Arredondo

Joining the high-profile corporate sponsors supporting the three Walks this year is famed Boston disc jockey Henry Santoro of RadioBDC, who for the fourth year in a row will serve as emcee.  Also walking this year is Carlos Arredondo of Roslindale, Mass., who is widely hailed as a hero for his quick action after last year’s Boston Marathon bombings.  Sprinting into action after the bombs went off, Carlos pulled debris and fencing away from injured spectators, spiriting several critically injured victims to nearby medical personnel.  Carlos will walk as a special guest at the front of the parade along with his wife and their two dogs.

“Ready”: Boston Walk Highlights
In addition to appearances from Henry and Carlos, and half a dozen food and beverage booths set up on the Common, the Boston Walk will again feature a “Leader of the Pack,” who will walk at the front of the crowd and be available for photographs before, during and after the event.  Leading the pack this year will be Sachmo and Hana, two purebred Shar Peis who were rescued along with 11 others from a hoarding house in Braintree, Mass. in January of this year.  Sachmo and Hana have since been adopted into wonderful permanent homes and they will be walking with their families.  The Boston walk will also features 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.

Also at the Boston Walk, a veterinarian from Angell Animal Medical Center will be on-site throughout the day to answer 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.  Finally, the MSPCA is also reprising other fan-favorite contests such as “Best Pet Trick,” “Best Kisser,” “Human Lookalike,” and more!

“Set”: Methuen Walk Highlights

For the first time the Methuen Walk will be held on the grounds of the MSPCA-Nevins Farm.  The Nevins Farm team hopes to garner even more community support for the Walk now that it will take place on home soil.  The Methuen Walk will include part of the newly opened Methuen Rail Trail, a beautifully wooded trail that runs partly through the MSPCA’s property. Featured at the Walk is a “Vendor Village”, showcasing unique pet products and crafts from local businesses.  Walkers and their dogs will also have a chance to try out the newest canine sports, including Nosework and WagIt! Games.  Following the Walk the 18th annual Pet Memorial Sunday service will take place at the MSPCA’s Hillside Acre Cemetery, just down the road from Nevins Farm.  Walkers are invited to pay homage to departed companion animals in a special ceremony to honor them.

“Go!”: Centerville Walk Highlights

The 2013 Hyannis Walk for Animals will be emceed by 99.9 WQRC Morning Show host and animal lover Shailene Jackson.  This year’s Walk will focus on community service, with a number of Cape Cod non-profit animal service organizations participating, including the Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team; the Cape Cod Companion Animal Program; and the Mashpee Dog Park.  The Walk will also feature “Cape Cod’s Talented Dog Competition,” featuring a number of local dogs who will vie for the title of the Cape’s most talented canine.  Lastly, the walk will again host the MSPCA-Centerville’s famous Hot Dog Eating Race.

For full details and to register for any of the Walks readers can click here.

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.  Boston.com is again the exclusive media sponsor for the event.  Celebrated ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s will be onsite.  Cedar’s Hummus, 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. 

In addition to the above companies, top pet food, supplies and medicine companies such as NMWT Credit Union, Especially for Pets, Bowchies, Cardinal, Doody Calls, Covidien, and Hill’s are again supporting this year’s Walk.  Additional sponsors include Food Should Taste Good, Merck, Patterson Vet, TD Bank, Unleashed by Petco, Whole Foods, Yoghund and Zoetis.

 

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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.