Heaven Can Wait Animal Society Invites the Public to “Lose a Pound with Your Hound” Memory Walk Oct. 21

Heaven Can Wait announces its 12th annual “Lose a Pound with Your Hound Memory Walk” on October 21 at Bunker Park near Tenaya and Alexander.

“Lose a Pound with Your Hound” offers fun for all ages, while bringing to mind the community’s responsibility to support spay and neuter, and adoption efforts. Guests are welcome to take part in the mile-long walk that will include symbolic “collars” to represent the 30,000 animals euthanized in the Las Vegas area shelters over the past year. While that number is staggering, it is 1,500 below the amount last year due to the spays and neuters performed by Heaven Can Wait Animal Society at its facility.

This year’s walk will have all-ages fun including paw and face painting, food, music, contest with prizes, the iconic “poop toss” and vendors. Elvis tribute artist Eddie Powers will be on hand to keep everyone entertained. The event begins at 9 a.m. with registration, goody bag distribution, the beginning of the vendor bazaar and the “Pups on Parole” group photo. “Pups on Parole” is a partnership with Heaven Can Wait and a local prison for women that gives the dogs training and shelter, while giving prisoners hope and greatly reducing the re-offending rate.

At 10 a.m., the walk begins with games along the way. At 11 a.m., paw and face painting, prizes and entertainment.

Pets are welcome at “Lose a Pound with Your Hound,” but must be up to date on vaccinations and on a leash no longer than six feet or otherwise restrained. People are required to clean up for their pet family members.

Funds raised will benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, which is a Southern Nevada nonprofit organization. Unlike many similar groups that keep a “reserve fund,” Heaven Can Wait pours nearly all of its funding into the support of its efforts, which include spay and neuter at its Las Vegas clinic, and many community programs as well as adoptions. Heaven Can Wait is a Southern Nevada organization and no money leaves the community. Those who participate in “Lose a Pound with Your Hound” pledge to promote responsible pet ownership.

Individual registration, which includes admission, a goody bag and t-shirt, costs $30 and a family or group registration of four people costs $50. “Collar for a dollar” donations are available in packages up to $50, but contributions beyond that are always welcome.

For more information, head to www.hcws.org or call 702.227.5555.

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