Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control will host the twenty-ninth Walk for Animals on Sunday, September 18. This year, organizers will add a Furry Scurry Fun Run option and return the fundraiser to Franke Park. Runners will plot a two mile course and walkers will follow for one mile. Dogs on leashes are welcome, but not animals are not required. This year’s goal is $30,000.
Not all families experience and teach positive human to animal relationships. While interacting with a group of children, Jodi Hamilton, Humane Education Specialist at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control relates that one child asked “why are all dogs mean?” Another shocking response was elicited when a session leader asked children how to be a responsible pet owner. A little girl responded “Don’t put your dog in a box and leave it in the middle of the road?” It’s hard to comprehend some of the reasons why abuse, neglect, abandonment and faulty information persist, but humane education programming is a necessary answer to change negative perceptions.
The good news is that almost anyone can learn better behavior if given the opportunity. Hamilton says “seeing a scared child excitedly reach out to properly greet an adoption dog or hearing (their) happy giggles when a kitten starts purring as they pet it is as rewarding for us as it is for those we are teaching.” The Walk for Animals supplements humane educational programming to kids and adults via tours, seminars, newsletters, in-house video productions, events, community outreach and more. The animals also benefit from the education. Each year the walk is dedicated to an animal that has a special story related to how they encountered Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control. This year a ShihTzu named Diva will shine thanks to animal care specialists, donors to the Angel Fund and her adoptive mom.
It’s recommended that walkers and runners pre-register online for the minimum pledge amount by September 6, so that organizers can order the correct number of t-shirts. After registering, participants are encouraged to seek additional pledges from friends, family and colleagues. Those additional amounts can be brought to Franke Park, Pavilion #1 on September 18. WANE-TV First News Weekend Meteorologist, Rob Lydick will kick off the walk and announce award winners.
WANE-TV is a proud sponsor of the Walk for Animals.