Puck Jackson, a rescue dog from the Napa Animal Shelter, will be taking part in the Walk for Animals on Aug. 4.

Napa Humane is celebrating its eighth annual Walk for Animals on Sunday, Aug. 4, with a fun-filled summer morning stroll along Napa’s Riverfront. This popular family- and dog-friendly event raises funds to support the humane treatment of companion animals throughout the Napa Valley. The full 100% of proceeds from Walk for Animals benefits Napa Humane’s services and programs, which includes their low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter clinic and humane education in all of Napa County’s elementary and middle schools.

"Whether you walk with your dogs, in memory of them, or in honor of companion animals generally, you're celebrating the magic pets bring into our lives and supporting Napa Humane at the same time," says Dr. Mary Whitehill, co-owner of Napa Small Animal Hospital. "It's an event that's good for everyone—your pets, your community, and you!"

In addition to the walking portion of the event, canine and human participants will enjoy music, contests, a silent auction, a raffle, and more at Oxbow Commons, on McKinstry Street in downtown Napa. Local bagel company Toasted will have food available and Drool.Dog Cookies will be selling dog treats for Fido. Both local businesses will be donating a portion of sales back to Napa Humane.

Human walkers register online for the event at http://bit.ly/2019WalkForAnimals where they can create a personalized profile page, set a fundraising goal, and decide whether to join or create a team. The free online interface makes it easy to request and collect donations from family, friends, and animal-loving supporters by sharing their profile link via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Napa Humane encourages walkers to get creative, as well. From holding a rummage sale, to pledging a hilarious performance at the event, to dollar-for-dollar matches, there are countless ways to sniff out money for a good cause.  

Fundraising teams are also encouraged to get into the spirit at the Walk itself, with creative team uniforms, costumes, or accessories for themselves and their dogs. Napa Humane will award prizes for “Best Dog Costume” as well as “Best Dog Trick” at the event. To help encourage walkers in their fundraising efforts, Napa Humane will also be awarding prizes based on the amount of money they raise. These bonus incentives were generously donated by event sponsors. Every pre-registered walker also receives an official Walk for Animals t-shirt and goodie bag, as well as the satisfaction of knowing they’ve made a positive difference to Napa Humane’s life-saving community work.

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The day of the walk

At 7:30 a.m., registered walkers and dogs gather in Oxbow Commons to check in and pick up their Walk for Animals T-shirts and goodie bags. Complimentary coffee and morning snacks will be served. Napa Valley’s own Toasted will be selling bagels and breakfast sandwiches and Drool.Dog Cookies will be selling dog treats in a variety of fun shapes and colors.

At 8:30 a.m., the Walk begins. Fundraising “Leaders of the Pack” from last year’s event will lead the way along a designated Riverfront route, beginning and ending in Oxbow Commons. Walkers return to a lively array of activities for pets and their people including demonstrations from the Napa Valley Dog Training Club, silent auction and pet contests.

For more information about Napa Humane, including Walk for Animals, visit napahumane.org.

To register for the Walk, create or join a team, or to make a donation, visit http://bit.ly/2019WalkForAnimals or call 707-255-8118 ext. 205.

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