Maryland SPCA hosts annual March for the Animals

The Maryland SPCA will hold its 17th annual March for the Animals on Sunday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Druid Hill Park. Tina Regester, Director of Communications and Media Relations for the Maryland SPCA, said this is the organization's "biggest fundraiser of the year."

Last year, the SPCA made more than $360,000 at the event and had 5,000 participants, but Regester is hoping for even more success this year to help animals at the adoption center and in the community that need spaying/neutering and wellness care.

"All proceeds from the March for the Animals go directly to provide care, shelter, food and medications to lost, abandoned and homeless animals at the MD SPCA's adoption center," Regester said.

Last year, the SPCA adopted 3,000 pets, neutered/spayed 9,000 and took in more than 1,000 animals from the BARCS City Shelter.

"The MD SPCA can't do the great work we do alone," Regester said. "We are not affiliated with any national animal welfare organizations and receive no operating support from the government or national welfare groups. The March for the Animals is not only a fun day for families and their pets, but everyone leaves with a smile on their faces knowing they have made a difference in the life of a homeless and needy pet in the community"

This event will feature a 1.5 mile walk-a-thon as well as fiun for the whole family, including your favorite four-legged friends. There will be a dog agility course, pet costume contest judged by local celebrities including Baltimore Ravens player Paul Kruger, musical chairs for the dogs, demonstrations, training tips, low-cost micro-chipping, a "flea-less" market of pet friendly vendors, food and more.

Pet photos will also be offered by Soft Touch Photography for the first time this year. Dogs can join in on the tasty fun with Tiki's Doggie Ice Cream Truck.

See pictures from the 2011 March for the Animals.



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