Walk Your Paws for the Animal Friends Humane Society

October 30 fundraiser with a Halloween theme

On Saturday, October 30, the Animal Friends Humane Society will host the 11th annual Walk Your Paws from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wilson Morgan Park in Decatur. Music will be provided by DJ Jammin Jeff.

Events include a Howl-o-ween parade, a blessing of the animals, agility demonstrations, "find the dog biscuit in the hay," pet bobbin" for hot dogs and costume contests. The Humane Society will also hold an owner and dog look-a-like contest. Concessions, face painting, caricatures and pet painting will also be available.

The Howl-o-ween Parade of Pets will begin at 8:30 a.m. During past events, dogs have been dressed as pirates, University of Alabama cheerleaders and clowns. This year, Sadie, a 17 year old blind spaniel mix, will be decked out in her princess outfit. Sadie is a Animal Friends rescue who is now in her forever home.

Dog agility and other demonstrations will be offered by the Decatur, Alabama Kennel Club, the North Alabama Search Dog Association and Decatur City Police Officer Kyle Shelton and his patrol dog "Bear."

The new Decatur Animal Services building will be dedicated during the event. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tours of the new facility will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and animals will be available for adoption.

Five local rescue groups, including Peace, Love and Animals, the Alabama Boston Terrier Rescue, Small Paws Rescue, McGregor Greyhound Welfare Center and Parenting Children of a Different Species will have animals on site for adoption.

The funds raised during Walk Your Paws will benefit the Animal Friends low-cost spay and neuter program, Animeals and humane education programs. Individuals who raise in $50 in pledge money will receive a free T-shirt as long as supplies last.

For more information, call 256-351-2347 or visit the Animal Friends Humane Society website.

About Animal Friends Humane Society

Animal Friends Humane Society, Inc. was established in 1999 and was initially called Friends of the Animal Shelter. The organization began as an all volunteer, non-profit organization with the goal of improving the quality of life for animals in the Decatur Animal Shelter by providing supplies, Veterinary care and equipment for the Shelter.

From 2004 through 2006, Animal Friends focused on sheltering, adopting, and fostering homeless animals in the local community. Since 2007, Animal Friends has worked to maximize every dollar received by focusing its efforts on a Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance program for Morgan County, Alabama residents. The organization"s Animeals Program began in 2006 and provides Meals On Wheels clients with their pet food and kitty litter each month delivered by volunteers.

Photos courtesy of Petfinder. These animals are currently available for adoption from Decatur Animal Services. Go to the Decatur Animal Services Petfinder site if you are interested in adopting a pet.

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