Old man Winter finally decided to make an appearance in the south, one week before the first day of spring. Well, since we did just "spring forward" and temperatures will surely climb back into the 70s and above next week, let's go ahead and talk about spring. It'll be summer before we know it anyway, so we may as well enjoy the milder temperatures while we can.
What better way to enjoy spring than a walk with your dog? How about a walk FOR a dog? Or a cat, bird, horse, guinea pig, fish, etc. You can do just that on April 23rd at the SPCA Albrecht Center's second annual Walk for Animals. People and their pets from all over our community will be walking for the animals they love, have loved, and animals that have yet to be loved. After the walk, it's time to celebrate and party on the patio of the SPCA for the season's first Yappy Hour with a cookout, cash bar, live music and more.
There's more to the Walk for Animals than just the event itself though. As soon as you register to walk, you'll have the opportunity to raise funds for the SPCA by joining a team or creating your own and asking your friends, family and neighbors to sponsor your walk.
This is your chance to not just tell people about a cause you love, but really Walk the Walk by taking fundraising into your own hands and being an ambassador for the animals. Your supporters can donate directly to you or easily online. $25 is all you need to get started and that covers your registration and a 2017 Walk for Animals t-shirt.
From there, the sky is the limit as far as how much you can raise, and you'll earn incentives along the way. Raise $100 and get a Walk for Animals bandana for your dog in addition to your t-shirt. Raise $250 and eat for free at the after walk Yappy Hour. Make it to $500 and get all those things plus free tickets to Barkaritaville in October as well as our amazement and gratitude.
In addition to those incentives, each $10 raised over $25 gains you an entry into a raffle for your very own Pet Photo Session with Pam Gleason of the Dog & Hound and Aiken Horse magazines.
Want to help raise funds but not able to participate in the walk itself? Don't worry! Just consider yourself a "virtual walker" by raising funds for the animals and joining the walk in spirit. You can still earn incentives and you'll still have the SPCA's gratitude for your efforts.
And if you can't participate in the event at all, please consider a donation to a team or individual. The funds you contribute will get the SPCA closer to their goal and make a genuine difference in the lives of thousands of needy animals who make their way through their doors every year.
Head on over to LetLoveLive.org/walk-for-animals today to register, join a team, start your own or donate. Have questions? Get answers at 803-648-6863 or email@example.com.
Sarah Neikam is the Communications & Marketing Director for the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. She is an Aiken native and has been with the SPCA since 2012. Sarah lives in Graniteville with her family which includes three adopted cats: Bastian, Luna and Grady, who are all living happy, loved lives thanks to the efforts of the SPCA.