Grab the leash, grab the dog, and get ready to W-A-L-K — just don’t say it out loud.
The Winnipeg Humane Society’s annual Paws in Motion is happening at Assiniboine Park’s Lyric Theatre Sun., June 23 from 8 a.m. to around 1:30 p.m.
Paws in Motion is the Humane Society’s largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to the Spay and Neuter program. The program allows pets in low-income families to be fixed at a more affordable cost.
This year’s fundraising goal is $275,000.
Christine Boult, director of development at the Winnipeg Humane Society, said it is important to both register and fundraise.
"It’s really important that people don’t just register," said Boult. "It’s important that they actually fundraise, because the cost of putting on the event doesn’t get covered by the registration alone.
"Last year we looked at the statistics and we had 1,204 people registered, and about 500 of them just registered and didn’t fundraise."
Registration at the event starts at 8 a.m. and so does the entertainment. Boult said there will be shows including band The Ramblers, and performances by agility dogs.
The 3.5-kilometre and 1.5-kilometre walks start at 10:30 a.m., but only last approximately 45 minutes, said Boult. The rest of the time there will be lots of other things to do.
Events aren’t just for the dogs though; there will be a kid’s area with clowns, face painting, and caricatures.
New this year is the ability to participate virtually.
"They can still register, they can still fundraise, and they can still be awarded incentive prizes," said Boult. "Perhaps they’ll walk another day or they just don’t have a pet. Hopefully this way they can just support the organization."
Boult said over 1,000 dogs are brought out to the event, but in the past eight years she has never seen a fight between dogs.
"It’s quite remarkable to see 1,000 dogs all trotting along the path quite content and happy to be there, it’s quite something to see," said Boult.