SPCA to hosts Paws for a Cause pet walk and expo

Two of the SPCA’s most popular and long-standing events – Paws for a Cause, and Pet Expo are being combined at Indian Park in Montoursville on June 1. Registration for the walk is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m., followed immediately by the Pet Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The “Paws for a Cause” pet walk registration fee will be waived for those who collect $100 or more before the event. Kids 12 and under are free with a registered adult.

Walk T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 50 individuals registered. A catered brunch will be provided to all participants following the walk, by “Sinner or Saint” organic, sustainable food truck, as prizes are awarded to the top three FUNraisers. Individuals and teams may register now, or the day of the walk. Pets that are up-to-date on their rabies, vaccinations, have a current Pennsylvania dog license and are well behaved are encouraged to attend. Having a dog is not a requirement to participate. Lycoming County SPCA Freedom Runner Dogs also will be available to walk the 1-mile loop with participants. Registration and walk begins near Pavilion No. 4.

The Ninth Annual Pet Expo will follow the walk from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., also at Indian Park and will include many activities for all ages. The goal for the Pet Expo is to not only raise awareness and money to benefit the thousands of animals the SPCA cares for each year, but to also bring together pet lovers, pet rescue groups and pet service providers and the community to celebrate in our shared loved of animals.

Admission is free and food vendors will be at the event all day.

The schedule for the day will unfold as follows:

9 a.m. – Pet walk registration.

10 a.m. – Pet walk followed immediately by brunch and awards.

11 a.m. – Ninth annual Pet Expo kicks off with a parade of pets.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Animal rescue and vendor expo.

11:30 a.m. – “Pawtraits Calendar Contest” – Featured pets unveiled.

Noon to 1:30 p.m. – “Dog Demo’s”: Lycoming County SPCA agility training demo, Sit Happens alumni demo, South Williamsport Police K9 Unit demo.

1:30 to 3 p.m. “Let the Games Begin,” kids Olympic games, adult Olympic games, mixed breed Mutt Strut Dog Show, hosted by the Bald Eagle Kennel Club.

Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times.

For more information, contact Anne Shea of ClearChannel Communications at 570-327-1400 or Mindee Lyon, Lycoming County SPCA director of development at 570-322-4646, or visit www.lycomingspca.org.