Pet Walk 2014!

Pet Walk 2014!

Great day everyone!

What a super event we had this year! Special thanks to everyone in our community who came out to support our fundraising efforts for the animals. We'll have a bunch of pics and $$ totals up very shortly! Mark your calendars! Saturday, September 20th at Roger Williams Park, PARL will kick-off its 26th Annual Pet Walk! Join us at the Temple to Music located in Roger Williams Park at 1000 Elmwood Ave in Providence from 10am - 2pm. Hundreds of Rhode Islanders and their pets come together for our signature event, Pet Walk. There will be family fun activities including pet games and contests, activities for kids and fabulous prizes!

Online Fundraising...Easy & Fun!

Go to www.parl.kintera.org/petwalk to create your own (free) fundraising web page with a personal message and photo! Then start fundraising by sending your page link to facebook, twitter and email friends and family asking them to support your participation in Pet Walk. Need help? No problem! Contact Connie at ckile@parl.org or 421-1399x210 and she'll be happy to assist you in setting it up!

You can STILL REGISTER on the day of the event! Registration will open at 10am!

Fundraising Prizes!

Schedule of Events!

  • 10:00 AM - Registration & Morning Activities Check-in at the registration booth and turn in your donation sheet and money raised. Shop in our Mutt’s Marketplace and enjoy the many fun activities that await you! Dress up your pet in costume and win prizes! This year's theme is “Dogs in Outer Space!”
  • 11:30 AM - Opening Ceremonies & Canine Costume Contest Walk with your buddy, walk in honor of your favorite feline or in memory of a past pal! It’s a beautiful scenic walk through Roger Williams Park! Water stations and rest stops are along the way.
  • 12:00 PM - Walk Begins! Participate in one of the canine competitions! Have fun! Win prizes! Only a $5.00 donation for lunch or you are also more than welcome to bring your own lunch.
  • 1:00 PM - Lunch & Canine Competitions Continue Individual and Pack prizes awarded to the Top Fundraisers! Raffle prizes!
  • 2:00 PM -Awards, Grand Prizes & Raffle Drawing! Individual and Pack prizes awarded to the Top Fundraisers! Raffle prizes!

    Event Happenings!

  • Canine Costume Contest! - This year’s theme is “Dogs in Outer Space!” We wanna see some creative pooches out there! Show off your dog’s style and compete for super cool prizes!
  • Canine Competitions & Demos (stay tuned for a schedule of events!)
  • Doggie Day Spa (massages & meditation await your dog!)
  • Kid’s Kennel - (tons of NEW activities for the kids this year!) We’re excited to have Dave & Buster's of Providence join us as a vendor at Pet Walk this year.
  • Puppy & People Chow Tent - Lunch is $5.00. You're also welcome to bring your own lunch!
  • Mutt’s Marketplace - Here's who's coming (so far!)
  • Rumford Pet Center
  • RI Local Magazine
  • Amica will be hosting a free Photobooth this year! Pet Walk attendees will be able to upload their cool photo booth pics to their social media pages!

    Fundraising Incentives!

    This year, more of your fundraising dollars will go towards the critical programs and services at PARL! We will not be giving away fundraising incentives...the only incentive that matters is that more of your donor dollars WILL help even more animals this year!

    2014 'Face of Pet Walk' is...Juno!

    The "Face of Pet Walk" has been a popular Live Auction item at our sigature fundraising event The Rescue, ever since it was introduced in 2010. This year, the winning bid was went to Trisha A. Torres and Juno and was one of the highest bids to-date! Be on the lookout for her beautiful pittie face on all of our promotional materials! (photo credit: Traer Scott Photography)

    About Juno

    Juno is a rescued pit bull and a shining example of the many pit bull type dogs who are sitting in shelters everywhere just waiting for someone to give them a chance. Juno was found as a stray and was at a local municipal shelter for many months. She was overlooked by potential adopters, perhaps due to her size, dark coloring, or most likely her crippling kennel anxiety which caused her to endlessly circle her enclosure. The shelter had run out of options for her and asked me, a new volunteer, if I would consider fostering her.

    Once I took Juno home, her true personality started to emerge. Juno simply loves people – She comes to my office every day and has changed many people’s negative perception of what a pit bull type dog means. After a few months in our home, we changed Juno’s status from foster dog to permanent family member. Juno has become such an integral part of my life and brings such joy into our home that we can’t remember what life was like before we adopted her. When friends come to visit her (she gets more company than I do!!), she greets everyone with a stuffed toy in her mouth waiting to play and a non-stop wiggly body. She teaches me every day to live in the moment and be happy for what you have.

    - Trisha A. Torres Vice President Aspects, Inc. & Juno's mom

    Mark your calendars for Pet Walk 2014 September 20th and start fundraising today at www.parl.kintera.org/petwalk!