A local animal rescue is hosting a walk and fun morning in the park in hopes of being able to save the lives of more senior dogs and cats from open admission animal shelters. The Young at Heart Pet Rescue will host its Fourth Annual Mutt Mosey, a one-mile stroll at the Twin Lakes Golf and Recreation Area in Palatine, on Saturday, October 1.
“We call it a Mosey, because we want it to be a short leisurely walk,” says Dawn Kemper founder and executive director of Young a Heart Pet Rescue. “Since we adopt out senior pets, the short mosey is just the right length for many of the older pets to participate and have a good time with their family in the park afterward.”
The walk benefits the Young at Heart Rescue that focuses on saving senior cats and dogs from open door (or open admission) shelters to give them a second chance at finding a forever home during their golden years. Organizers hope the event will help bring the small rescue organization one step closer to its goal of opening a sanctuary and adoption center for senior pets. A full shelter and sanctuary will enable the organization to save more senior animals.
“I love seeing all the senor dogs show up all decked out in their bandanas and t-shirts,” adds Kemper. “This is as much a reunion as it is a walk and fund raiser. The dogs and their families get together with other adopters and congregate. People show up to support what we do and show what great dogs the seniors are. It’s really a lot of fun.”
After the walk, there will be a party in the park with several special guests – some of the adoptable YAH dogs. The organization will also have a bake sale, dog training and agility demonstrations, vendors, a “pet rock” contest and a kissing booth. There also will be music by Brave Nu Soul. Although the walk is for people and dogs, the cat families may also get into the act by bringing a photo of their feline and making a button to wear during the walk.
Registration is just $25 for adults in advance ($30 the day of the walk) and $15 for junior walkers under the age of 18. When you register, you can chose between three teams – dogs, cats or both. Those who register before September 15 will qualify for a free walk t-shirt. Participants are encouraged to raise money for the walk by setting up a first giving page and encouraging family and friends to donate. The first person to raise $1,500 will win an iPad.
Learn more from the YAH website, Facebook or on Twitter.