Boardwalkin’ for Pets benefits Wor. Co. Humane Soc.
(April 21, 2017) The Worcester County Humane Society’s largest fundraiser of the year, Boardwalkin’ for Pets, takes place this Saturday, April 22, on the Ocean City Boardwalk for dogs and their owners.
There is a $25 minimum donation to participate in the 18th annual event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the inlet in front of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum.
“Come see lots of dogs and have a fun, family day as well as support the local no-kill shelter,” said Heather Bahrami, chair of the Boardwalkin’ committee.
Participants can begin walking with their four-legged friends at 9 a.m. Walkers can choose any route they would like, including the full 5 miles from the inlet to 27th Street and back or take the 2.5-mile trip on the Boardwalk to 12th Street and back.
“The route is however far you and your pet would like,” Bahrami said. “We encourage the whole boards just for the experience, but at least past the pier to the photographer.”
Complimentary photographs will be taken of owners and their pets with a red carpet laid out down on the pier, courtesy of Images by Sara. Pet owners will receive the photos by email within a few weeks.
Doughnuts and warm beverages will be provided by Layton’s on 16th Street and Harrison’s Harbor Watch.
Owners can also enter their pet into contests for Largest Dog, Smallest Dog, Best Dressed and Best Trick. Winners will take home a basket filled with goodies. Look forward to all kinds of prizes pet-related, Bahrami said.
Cats will not be forgotten on Saturday and can be entered into the annual Cutest Cat photo contest. Photos of all the cutest felines will be posted for the public to vote on.
Photos should including the owner and pet’s names, address, phone number and e-mail address. The winner will take home a prize basket full of cat-related treats. Pictures will not be returned and become property of the Worcester County Humane Society.
Individual participants and teams who raise the most funds will receive baskets containing gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses in addition to various pet-themed items. The overall individual winner will receive a Hilton hotel vacation, Bahrami said.
Last year, more than $35,000 was raised for the shelter with about 300 walkers and their dogs participating in the event, Bahrami said.
“From the looks of it, the weather will be much warmer this year and we hope that translates to higher attendance,” she said. “This event is special because it is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Worcester County Humane Society. This is a chance to bring together 300 or more people and pets that have the same interest at heart.”
The Worcester County Humane Society relies mainly on donations and provides care to animals until they are adopted into suitable homes.
Attendees can adopt a shelter dog for the event and must make arrangements in advance by calling the shelter at 410-213-0146.
The weekend-long event kicks off on Friday, April 21, at Adolfo’s on the Ocean at 13th Street and the Boardwalk from 4-9 p.m. with a dinner and silent auction. Seatings are available at 4, 6 and 8 p.m.
Dinner includes a choice of spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant or chicken parmesan with a side salad, rolls, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages for $30 at the door. Advance tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at www.worcestercountyhumanesociety.org/boardwalkin-for-pets.
Adolfo’s will donate a percentage from each ticket purchased to the Worcester County Humane Society.
Auction items range in price from $10 to $700 and include a handmade dog-themed quilt, GPS-tracking pet collars and DNA tests for dogs, Bahrami said.
“We have never had those and it is exciting to be able to find out the true makeup of your rescue dog,” she said. “[People] should come out to help us raise the funds we need to continue helping all the animals possible.”
In addition, funds are being raised to start a low-cost spray and neuter clinic to help with pet overpopulation.
“Last year alone we took in almost 300 kittens during the kitten season,” Bahrami said. “If we can have more [animals] spayed and neutered, we can stop the cycle. We are reaching out to businesses and schools to see if we can find people interested in underwriting equipment needed for this clinic.”
For information about Boardwalkin’ for Pets, call the human society at 410-213-0146.
Visit www.worcestercountyhumanesociety.org to register or learn more about the county’s no-kill animal shelter, located at 12330 Eagles Nest Road off Route 611 in West Ocean City.