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13th annual Walk for Paws in Columbia fun and educational

The 13th annual Walk for Paws fundraiser put on by Animal Advocates of Howard County this weekend at Lake Elkhorn was both fun and educational for attendees, according to organization President Laurie Wallace.

"It's meant to be a fun day, but also an educational one," Wallace said. "It has a deeper meaning as well as it raises funds to support our spade and neuter programs, adoption and rescue programs and humane education programs."

The Sept. 28 event drew "several thousand" to the lake for a 1.8 mile walk, fun competitions and other activities. According to Wallace, some of the events included contests for best singer, best kisser, longest ears and more. There was also an agility course open for owners to take their dogs through.

"It's really more like a pet festival," Wallace said.

The fundraiser, which takes 10 months to plan, is the biggest for the all volunteer organization, which funds spades and neuters for low-income families, offers foster care and educates school-age children.

Estimates of funds raised from the event were not available as of Tuesday evening.

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