Dog Walk fundraiser brings four-legged fun to Main Street
Sarge's Annual Downtown Dog Walk is in its 8th year, and anyone who has participated in the fundraiser is familiar with Jeanne Naber, who serves as the emcee of event every year.
"I love every minute of it," Naber said. "It's so much fun."
And this year will be no exception, Naber promised.
Not only is the event a good time for both the dogs and their owners, but the walk is also one of the biggest fundraising events of the year for Sarge's, which makes it a worthwhile cause for Naber and hundreds of other animal lovers who participate in the walk every year.
"I'm just a huge animal lover," Naber said. "I think it's just very important that we don't forget about our little legged animals, and it's awesome to be a part of (the Dog Walk). I'm honored that they keep asking me to be a part of it."
The Dog Walk begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 in front of the Haywood County Courthouse on Main Street. For walkers who have not pre-registered, sign up begins at 9 a.m.
To participate, walkers must complete a registration form, which can be found on the Sarge's website at www.sargeandfriends.org or the Sarge's office at 256 Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville.
Registration is $15 per dog, and event T-shirts are $15 each, or free with registration. Each walker also recieves a dog bandanna and goody bag for participating.
Last year's walk raised $20,000 for Sarge's, and the money helps to support Sarge's mission to rescue homeless dogs and cats in Haywood County. The fundraiser helps to offset the costs of medical supplies, boarding, transport and food for the hundreds of animals the organization finds homes for each year.
While the walk is the main event on Saturday, the fun of this fundraiser continues after the walk with competitions and prizes, including Best Trick, Owner/Dog Look a Like, Best Dressed and Best Tail Wagger.
Although Naber says she enjoys every part of the Dog Walk, the contests are one of her favorite parts of the event because the dogs and their owners have the chance to shine.
"It's not me that's 'on.' It's the dog," she said.
Pre-registration will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 1 and 2 at the Sarge's office, where participants can pick up their walk packets.
"I just encourage the public to come out and help support Sarge's," Naber said.
For information, call 246-9050 or visit the Sarge's website, or Facebook page.